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'activate windows' screen after running corrupt registry fix


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#1 Pianoship

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Posted 26 October 2010 - 10:37 PM

My computer's been out of commission for quite some time now. Roommate's father seems to think that it's the hard drive going; every few weeks I was getting the corrupt system file message. I'd run this fix for it, it would work fine for a week or two, and then I'd get the message again. I haven't touched it in months... probably since April, but now that I have a new hard drive and a copy of Windows 7, I'm trying to get back into my computer to back up all my files.

I ran that same fix again, and made certain I followed all directions to the tee, but when I go to start step four, I'm asked to activate Windows. I don't remember this ever happening the last few times I've done the fix; it won't allow me to activate Windows online, and I don't currently have a phone. I'm just worrying that I've done something wrong. Is this normal? If not, where have I possibly gone wrong? Worse still, have I completely lost my chances of backing up my data?

My computer is an eMachines W3619. If I recall correctly, I'm running XP SP3. I'm sorry, it's been months since the computer's been in a working state.

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Posted 26 October 2010 - 11:16 PM

Hi Pianoship, Welcome to BleepingComputer.

Please post the make and model of this computer.

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Posted 26 October 2010 - 11:20 PM

My apologies~ It's an eMachines W3619.

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 12:02 AM

Unfortunately, that computer doesn't have more than the one hdd storage bay, so you can't install the two of them. Since you have the new hdd and W7, I would suggest going ahead and install both, at least you will have your computer up and running.

Unless the hdd is dead, you should still be able to retrieve your data from it. There are a couple of ways to do this. One way is to purchase an external case to put the hdd in and then access the files from there on your computer. You can purchase an external enclosure for $11.98 delivered from Newegg.

Another way would be to install it in another computer that has a second storage bay and transfer you files to a flash drive.

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