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XP repair install not bringing up activation window.

Posted on 2013-01-07
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I have a client where most of their XP machines just came up with the "Counterfiet" notice, and the computers said that a non-valid volume key was used to install.  This client has the OEM XP versions sitting shrinkwrapped on the shelf.  Original vendor is out of business.  So I have re-installed and most went well.  Except for one machine.

What I usually do in a repair install from the CD, boot into safe mode, install XP SP3 and IE 8.  Then re-boot into regular mode and the machine comes up, states it needs to activate and then activates.

This machine however just boots to a blank blue screen, not the BSOD, just a blank blue desktop.

Another thing that seems weird is I get an "Access Denied" error when running msconfig.  

Any ideas?

Jeff
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by:Kent Dyer
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How about Safe Mode with Networking and then try the activation?

Other than that, you are going to probably need to repair the drive/registry/etc. and then try the Activation process again.

HTH,

Kent
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by:dabassguy1
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Safe Mode with networking just says, "re-boot in normal mode to activate" and logs me off.  Booting into regular mode get the aforementioned blue screen.

What exactly do you mean by repair the drive/registry?

I can boot into regular safe mode.
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Since the repair install did not work and since it is just this one machine, you probably need to re-install Windows. I would delete all partitions and format first before installing Windows.

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by:willcomp
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See if you can boot into VGA Only Mode.
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by:dabassguy1
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To wipe the machine and start over was the fallback position when I made this post.  We wiped the machine and since we had to start over, we went with Windows 7.

I selected this as the solution, because it is what I did.  And this was the entry that suggested it.  But to wipe the machine clean was giving up on the solution, not the solution.
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@dabassguy1 - Thank you and I was happy to help you.

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