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#1 slycer

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 04:31 PM

I recently performed a repair installation of Windows XP Pro, and when I logged on at the Welcome Screen, I got a popup that said, basically, "This copy of Windows must be activated with Microsoft before you can log on. Do you want to activate Windows now?" I have no problem with that, as this copy of Windows is bought and paid for. When I clicked "Yes", it took me to my desktop, but it stopped there. All I get is a cursor sitting on top of my desktop background. No icons, no Start menu, no taskbar. Nothing. Ctr-Alt-Del doesn't do anything, nor does anything else. Every once in awhile, I get an hourglass next to the cursor indicating HDD activity, but that is it. When I restarted, and clicked "No" that I didn't want to activate now, it logged me off. I tried booting in safe mode, but the computer said that Windows activation cannot be run in safe mode. Any ideas? I am wide open!!! Thank you in advance.

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 05:15 PM

Worth a look, Windows XP Logs You Off When You Try to Activate the Product - http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...kb;en-us;330136.

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 05:52 PM

Well, you're the first to nibble, and I thank you. At this point, I'm willing to look at all options. The link provided is 'not exactly' like the issue I'm having, but its pretty close. Thanks again for the nudge.

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 06:16 PM

Sometimes "close" is good enough :thumbsup:.

I've had this happen to me (I think) and I just did as suggested by MS.

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 09:30 PM

I had the same problem, took $150 to fix.

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 10:12 PM

Any ideas? I am wide open!!!


Perhaps you can use this to get to the MS website and activate from there?

http://keznews.com/1916_How_to_login_to_an_expired_Windows
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Posted 11 September 2009 - 12:49 AM

Thank you to all who offered suggestions, but I have to report that I was able to fix the problem. When I did the first repair installation, I slipstreamed XP with SP3, and went that route since my original disk was for SP2. That is the installation that was screwed up. I decided to try another repair installation, and went with my original XP MCE disk that came with my computer. Wonder of all wonders, it worked!!! There are still a couple of issues, but so far they are not affecting my computer too much. I can now access the internet, and it appears that all of my files are still intact. Thank you all again!!!

Edited by slycer, 11 September 2009 - 12:49 AM.





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