When I try to re-activate Windows after hardware changes, all I get is an empty window with 2 broken images.  I have tried the online activation and nothing happens.

Hardware changes included new CPU cooler, power supply and DVDROM.   System boots and runs fine otherwise but is prompting for re-activation due to significant hardware changes.
Lance McGrewIT DirectorAsked:
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Try a repair install....Might fix a few things..
You may need to check you host file located:
<windows DIR>\system32\drivers\etc
to be certain that it is not being redirected.

Option 2: Make sure your: AV is up-to-date and working properly.  Check your ram for errors, defrag and Chkdsk your hard drive.

Make sure you date and time are correct. ive seen on activations as well as updates. if the date and time arent correct it will not communicat with Microsofts servers.
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Here are a few things to try:

Activate XP from the command line - start cmd and type oobe/msoobe [enter]

If that works, great. If not, try:

Remove all of Activation's knowledge about the computer's hardware to force getting a new installation ID:

1. Regedit>HKLM>Software>Microsoft>WindowsNT - Look for the WPA key & highlight it. You will see an entry on the right for OOBE... - delete the OOBE entry (not the parent key).

2. Find wpa.dbl and wpa.bak (if the latter exists, it doesn't always) in System32 and delete them.

Reboot and the Activation Wizard will start with a fresh Installation ID.

If that doesn't work:

The Microsoft Activation Hotline - (888) 571-2048
Try running Windows Update to authenticate?
Lance McGrewIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
I can browse to anywhere on the Internet.   Nothing proceeds when I run Windows Update.   IE 8 browser goes to Windows Update URL then does nothing.   Something obviously hosed on this machine.   In the process of running SP3 install - again.   Will reply back after.
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