After an XP repair install Windows hangs at "please wait" then again when trying to activate.

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This machine was blue screening on start up (can't remember the exact error) so I did a repair install.
Once it got to the please wait screen nothing else happened, the mouse would still move but it wouldn't progress any futher.

After some time I did a hard reset. It then went to the login screen and I logged in. It asked me to activate Windows before proceeding to which I said yes (this is a legit OEM Windows) but nothing happens after that. You just get the desktop back ground, no task bar, no Ctrl, Alt Del nothing...

I tried a few things including re extracting the wpa.dbl file from the install CD. I tried a second repair with a different XP disk.

The 2 disks I have used are XP SP3 OEM, and the machine is also on SP3.

Any ideas?
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Boot into safe mode and re/install IE8 and then reboot normally.
let it sit there for a few minutes and the activation screen should eventually appear :)
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/worldwide-sites.aspx

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Thanks, worked like a charm
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I have this exact same problem. The only difference is that when booting into safe mode, the system prompts that it cannot proceed because windows cannot be activated in safe mode. It proceeds to restart. How can I get this to work. I have the exact same problem as above. IE8 was installed before the repair installation. How can I reinstall it if I can't even get into windows?

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how can it be closed before giving a solution
I am facing the sam eproblem as experinced by amoratepa

12.22.2009 at 10:58PM PST, ID: 26110512
 have this exact same problem. The only difference is that when booting into safe mode, the system prompts that it cannot proceed because windows cannot be activated in safe mode. It proceeds to restart. How can I get this to work. I have the exact same problem as above. IE8 was installed before the repair installation. How can I reinstall it if I can't even get into windows?
Lame answer. WT?
worked for me too... holy crap what a random fix. Nice work optoma.
Worked for me
Yes, this works. Just re-install IE8. You might have even ended up with an older version of IE, thus causing this issue.

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