Windows Activation Problems

I have a PC that wouldn't let me boot into windows, so i put the Windows XP Pro SP3 disk in and did a repair, and now when i try to login, it pops up and says i need to activate it. When i click Yes it just stays at the blue screen with my mouse but never pops up a screen for me to activate it, and i can't access the Task Manager either. Also when i try to boot in Safe Mode, it pops up with a message saying i need to run windows normally and activate first. Is there a way of getting this resolved without reformatting windows?
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☠ MASQ ☠Connect With a Mentor Commented:
This is the reason you've a problem
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/917964
Try the fixes there to get IE installed

Here's another way of doing the same thing:
http:Q_26692286.html
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GBTA_TECHAuthor Commented:
Once i booted up off the Recover Console and uninstalled IE 8 it let me boot up and reactivate Windows. Problem Solved!!!
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