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Win XP Pro repair - asks to be activated - then freezes

I just finished running an XP pro repair on my desktop.  The first time I tried to boot up, it comes up with my user, I put in my password, then it tells me it needs to be activated to log on - activate yes/no.  When I click yes, it just goes into a blue screen with my mouse pointer and nothing happens.

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Villageac
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VillageacAuthor Commented:
no - I can't boot into safe mode and when I put my disk back to get to recovery option it asks me which login I want to repair and there is no options other than to cancel
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Point-n-clickCommented:
As a last resort you could create a bootable USB stick with an easy to use distribution of Linux. A good example would be SystemRescueCD. Using this tool you could extract your data and start with a fresh install.
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joelsplaceCommented:
Point-n-click - that is a good way to go but I wouldn't give up just yet.
Villageac:  You say it asks which login you want to repair?  I've never seen that option.  Is it possible that you did a parallel install instead of a repair install or is it asking you to login under the recovery console?  To get to a repair install you have to select install at the first screen and then it should give you the option to repair or install.  If it just skips to the format disk screen then it didn't recognize your OS and is attempting to install a fresh copy.
Why did you run the repair to begin with?  It sounds like a malware problem.
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Point-n-clickCommented:
When it prompts you asking which login/install to fix can you use the arrow keys to move between the two options? Have you tried to hit "return" or "enter" on one of the options?
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VillageacAuthor Commented:
I was able to boot into safe mode - the first 2 times I did not get the option for safe mode - the third time I did.  Good news or bad news first?
Ok, bad news first - I called MS for tech support and reached them just as I got into safe mode.  I figured since I had them on the phone, I'd give them my ear.  We spent about 1 1/2 hours doing all kinds of things and got nowhere. The tech said he would email me more commands to try and fix.
When I got him off the phone, I went back into safe mode and installed IE 8 off a flash drive that I downloaded on another computer while I was talking to the tech.

Good news. Installing IE 8 off the flash drive did the trick - it installed, and asked to reboot, when I did it asked if I wanted to activate, I let it try to activate over the internet and it succeeded.

So the first answer with the link to
http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/genuinewindowsxp/thread/ece30d55-d72d-4ff9-afe8-a577f0f4564f

worked!!
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joelsplaceCommented:
I'm glad it worked.  IE8 fixed it for me once a few months ago.  Thanks!
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