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Posted 01 May 2008 - 11:03 PM

Hello all, I am new, and am really hoping someone can help me with this;
Win XP MCE, it is an OEM version, so I don't have the program disk. I did a non-destructive system recovery(PC Angel) and now when I boot up it goes to my Windows screen, I press my user tile to log on, and up pops a WPA box telling me to activate windows, i press YES, and it immediately logs me off., and we start all over again! I cannot get to the F8 screen to start in safe mode, and the recovery disk I made when I bought the computer doesnt seem to work anymore! go figure :thumbsup:
There must be a way I can retrieve the WPA files on my hardrive and reinstall? Please help, thankyou.

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Posted 01 May 2008 - 11:05 PM

What's that make and model number of your computer?
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Posted 01 May 2008 - 11:14 PM

It is a CISNET PC Serial #20203451-0276, bought at Future Shop.

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Posted 01 May 2008 - 11:23 PM

Why did you do a non-destructive system recovery? Were you experiencing some problems?
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Posted 01 May 2008 - 11:45 PM

Yes, computer was very slow, and freezing alot, do have antivirus, and all was well, have a lot of pictures we don't want to lose. We did have to take it in to futureshop a short time after we bought it, they tried to say it was the hard drive, but I am a tech support employee, I said no it wasnt, turns out they had to replace the motherboard. All has been well until recently, I should have done a simple restore to a previous date, but figured a simple non-dest. would be better, now I can get past the WPA window. BTW, thanks for your input.

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 12:46 AM

This may be of some help:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/312295/en-us
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Posted 04 May 2008 - 02:39 AM

As it turns out, I have found a way to get into safe mode; where do I go from here???? :thumbsup: :flowers:

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Posted 04 May 2008 - 08:13 AM

I would suggest using an external USB hard drive and copying your pictures to it when in Safe Mode. Once the pictures are safe, then you can simply do a destructive restore and all will be back to the way it was when it left the factory (this presumes that this is a software problem, and not a problem with a piece of hardware failing).
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Posted 04 May 2008 - 09:43 AM

actually, all i should need to do is restore the wpa files right? it is activated, so how do I get around the pop up box to activate this copy of windows??




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