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windows xp pro will not let me in

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#1 Raner


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Posted 21 June 2009 - 09:07 AM

Hi all
My C drive died so I did a windows xp pro fresh install,I could not get a internet connection to microsoft so I had to activated by phone everything went OK went threw the hole automated process did not get an error but when I try to log on windows I get windows needs to be activated message,I hit yes to activate windows and I get windows is already activated.Click OK to exit,But I just keep going in a loop,every time it's the same thing the windows needs to be activated message pops up and when I go to active windows it say it is already activated.Anybody have a clue as to what I need to do to resolve this issue.Thanks Raner

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 21 June 2009 - 12:00 PM

Hi :thumbsup:.

Worth a look, http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/g...17-39512302b654

Another opinion, http://www.howtofixcomputers.com/forums/wi...oblem-8354.html


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Posted 21 June 2009 - 01:24 PM

I have dealt with the activation loop problem many times .
The only way I have ever actually fixed it is by doing a clean install.
You need to download the network adadter [LAN] driver from the manufacturers web site & save it on a disk or flash drive [AKA: jump drive, thumb drive]

Do a full clean install & then install the lan driver
Then you should be able yo activate online.

Turn the unit on and put the XP disk in the drive.
Leave the disk in the drive and restart the unit,
Watch the screen for a message that says "Press any key to boot from CD,
Press a key on the keyboard,
Wait while it goes through starting from the disk,
[You may have to press F8 during startup to accept the EULA]
When you get to the screen with the box that shows the current version of XP installed press "D" on the keyboard,
Press "Enter"
Press "L"
You now should have a screen asking what file system you want to format to, NTFS should be selected by default,
Press enter,
The disk will be formatted and the installation will automatically begin when the format is finished,
During the installation the computer will restart DO NOT press a key to boot from the CD again !
At that point the unit will boot from the hard drive and continue the installation.
After awhile you will be asked to "name" your computer,
I suggest naming it the same as the main user ID.
[Example, I have an XP unit named "testbox" the user name is also "testbox"
You will be asked if you want to turn on automatic updates, select NO or Not now,
You will be asked if you want to setup a network connection, click on skip,
You will be asked to enter a user name and password,
Enter the same name you used for the unit ,
Only enter a password if you want to have to log on every time XP starts,
[If you have more then one user you can enter passwords later]
Follow the prompts to finish.
When you get to the desktop the only icon showing will be the recycle bin
Click on the "Tour XP balloon [or icon in the taskbar by the clock] and click "Cancel"
Go to Start>Control Panel,
Double click "Taskbar and Start Menu"
Click on the "Start Menu" tab
Put a dot in the circle by "Classic Start Menu"
[That will put the icons on the desktop]
Click OK
Double click on "Folder Options"
Click on the "View" tab
Go down the list until you find "Show hidden files and folders"
[for future use]
put a dot in the circle by it
Click OK
Close the Control Panel
Double click on "My Computer"
Right click on the "C:" drive
Left click on "Properties"
Click on the "Tools" tab
Click on "Defragment Now"
Defrag the drive
When you are done start installing your other programs and applications
[Defrag again when finished]
When they are installed if you have the "activate XP" notice do the activation,
When you have gotten this far either go to Windows Update and do the updates or go to "My Computer" and right click on it
Left click on "Properties"
When the box opens click on the "Automatic Updates" tab
Put a dot in the circle next to "Automaic [Recommended]
Click OK.
In order for the Automatic Updates to begin right away turn the unit completely off then restart it.
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#4 Raner

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 05:52 PM

Thanks for the come back Fairjoeblue and Hamluis will give this hula hoop another go with the information you all supplied,I'll keep you posted as to what happened.And thanks again Raner!

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 05:30 AM

Hey Fairjoeblue
Well first of all thanks for taking the time to answer my post by the size of it I know it took a while to type it,and second I am happy to say that I am thanking you from the computer that was on the endless loop,did a fresh install of windows as per your instructions and everything is working fine.When it came to activate windows everything when as it should no problem activating windows via internet. And thanks to you to Hamluis for taking the time to find the information you supplied. Catch you all later and thanks again Raner

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