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I have what I believe to be a legit Windows XP Disc+serial. Having done activation via Internet I got the Thank you for Activating Windows , Ok button. Ok button clicked and I'm back to Logon Screen (Ctrl+Alt+Delete). One more time and Internet activation no longer worked. So I called Microsoft toll free and tried activating via telephone . thank you for activating Windows, Click OK. ....and I'm back to logon screen. What's up with that?
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by:rnicolaus
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Is this a new install?
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by:Anti-Mhz
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fresh install on a formatted disc
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by:rockiroads
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when u activated over the fone was it automated? if so then maybe speak to a cust rep and try activating that way
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by:rnicolaus
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Sounds like it is not legit - or the disc is bad.  Other possibilities:  Bad RAM, something wierd on your hard drive.  Did you format (not the 'quick' format) the hard drive during install?
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by:Anti-Mhz
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@rockiroads - http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/88044-45-windows-activation-problem-question
did not work for me

@rnicolaus - Ihave indeed installed NTFS (quick), again formatting NTFS non quick
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by:karephre
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was any hardware changed (motherboard,video card) and since you said " legit Windows XP Disc+serial"
did it come from a preinstall package from another system.
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by:rnicolaus
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I have seen similar weird results after installs with bad hard drives and with bad RAM.

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by:optoma
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Download IE8 on another machine
https://www.microsoft.com/malaysia/windows/internet-explorer/default.aspx

Put it on a removable device.

Boot affected machine into safe mode with command prompt.

Type explorer

Browse to IE8 installer and install.
Reboot normally and test
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by:Anti-Mhz
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memtest86+ gave no errors as far as the RAM goes.
Attempting another NTFS (non quick) install, at this time Il be using a different Hard Drive as well.

As far as hardware being changed, Im not sure on the history of this computer. Im dealing with it as it is, having put my own RAM in and a Hard Drive.

I have Dell WIndows  discs laying around, those won't let me get pass first steps of installation. What I'm using is a Windows XP Disc that reads:


This OEM software may not be delivered unless accompanied by the required hardware under the Microsoft OEM System builder license

Cant quite figure out where this disc originated from
OEM means I gotta use it with the same computer it came with?
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and this Windows disc did not come with this computer...
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OEM discs just mean that it came from a VAR or System Builder.  (MS won't support it - the vendor has to)

I would bet the disc is bad.  Any other PC to run the install on to confirm this?  My guess is to buy another XP Pro OEM or even a Windows 7 (cheaper) if the machine is capable.
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by:Anti-Mhz
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as I have a serial key Il exercise my right (well it should be my right) to download a pirated XP version and use a legit key I already have
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by:rnicolaus
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Or copy another OEM disc to a backup and try it.  But for sanity check - I would try to borrow another PC and try the install on that other hard drive
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did u not try to speak to cust support to see what they say?
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by:Anti-Mhz
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no thats plan B if i get same error again. Atm im attempting install of Windows XP (same disc) at a different build.
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i dont remember how this was solved.most likely i reinstalled windows
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solved via reinstall
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