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#1 hartguy

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 07:41 PM

Hi everyone. I've tried posting this problem to another tech forum, but I have not received any replies within 5 days, and so I am posting here. I am not able to access my legitimate Windows because of the activation screen. I've tried cscript slmgr.vbs -rilc, I've tried renaming tokens.dat to tokens.bar, I've tried phone activation with a person from Microsoft (who transferred me to a technician who, after many attempts, transferred me to another technician who still could not resolve the issue even after giving me a fresh product key and told me that I should just reinstall Windows), and I'm at a loss. I have many files and settings on Vista that will not fit on my other desktop, and I have some financial issues that prevent me from just going out and buying an external hard drive.

I was wondering what system files that Windows Vista uses for activation besides the ones located in %windir%\ServiceProfiles\NetworkService\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\SoftwareLicensing.. I'm speaking of the other files that use the hardware to determine the correctness of the product key. I'm sure it's these other files that have gotten corrupted while I was trying to track down a virus on my computer for the past week (this is also what the technician told me). Is there any way to somehow extract these files from the Vista CD that came with my Dell laptop? And then replace the files on my computer to reset the key (in a similar fashion to this fix except that the fix would be for Vista)? Or perhaps install Windows on a different partition of this computer and then simply copy over these system files to the original Windows?






Here's some additional (optional) background info if you care to read on: I have Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit on my Dell Inspiron 1525 refurbished laptop which I purchased from Dell. It came with Windows already installed and it also came with the OS cd (probably in case anything were to happen). I have had this laptop for a few months, and about a week ago, I started getting blue screens at the startup that would not even let me into the computer. After many days of trying to "Repair Vista"/chkdsk with the CD, booting into Safe mode, and even booting into another operating system (Ubuntu) which I installed within Windows (with a program called Wubi).. I finally was able to get rid of the virus (which turned out to be a trojan called Alureon). I had run scans with Avira Antivir and MalwareBytes to do this. When I rebooted, it gave me the activation screen. After a wave of relief at seeing Windows finally boot, I looked at the bottom of my laptop and typed in the Product key. It said the key was invalid. I tried repeatedly, and then finally tried the phone activation. The code given by the representative was also invalid, and she transferred me over to a technician. He was able to access my computer by opening up a firefox link, and then navigating over to C:\windows\system32\explorer.exe and downloading it, and then running it. I also found I could access files by simply clicking "open containing folder" in the firefox download window. Anyway, he tried the steps listed above (renaming tokens, trying various things with slmgr, and then finally said another technician would call me back after researching more into the problem. After about half an hour, another technician called me back and tried some more steps, and finally tried giving me a new key. This came up as invalid as well, suggesting that the system files had been corrupted. He told me he was very sorry but my only option was to reinstall windows.






I know that it seems pretty hopeless since a Windows technician has told me to reinstall windows.. but I believe that this repair can be done with some patience, time, and dedication. I would thank anyone who is willing to help me. If there is any other information you require, please do not hesitate to ask.

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 10:58 PM

Make sure your BIOS is set to boot from CD and grab this- SystemRescueCd http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=systemrescue

Dr.Web also have a LiveCD with their antivrus on it http://www.freedrweb.com/livecd/

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Posted 30 August 2009 - 03:53 PM

Hey, thanks for the reply. Which tools should I use from the system rescue CD to repair my vista system files back to normal so that my key can work?

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 05:48 AM

I don't think repair is an option here, what I am suggesting is a strategy to boot up your machine and save your documents to CD and then go for a new install of Vista.

You can probably do this with a Ubuntu CD even, save the documents to a USB stick.

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 02:07 PM

So then there is no hope for my vista installation? Boy oh boy.. Well, thanks for the help, I'll do my best to transfer all of the files over to another location and just reinstall Vista (my loans are coming out soon so I'll be able to purchase an external drive big enough for my files). Thanks for all of the support! :D




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