Question about Toshiba Satellite A105 Notebook

1 Answer

Winxp wont let me activate when hitting ''yes'' I want to activate.

I have this computer that I just ran a repair on to get it up and running, but now, when I try to activate windows it wont let me for some odd reason. I start by clicking my name on the Windows XP logon screen, and it continues to say: ''loading personal settings'' right under my user name. But then when it attempts to boot into windows it comes up and says: ''you must activate windows xp before accessing your computer again, do you want to do that now?'' and I click ''yes'', because I know if you click ''no'' it will kick you back out to the logon screen again. The problem is when I click ''yes'', the box disappears for about 4-5 seconds, and it does the same thing as if I hit ''no'', and kicks me back out to the log on screen. I am not sure what to do at this point because I don't want to have to completely wipe out the drive, and reinstall windows because there are a lot of programs that I do not have the disks to that I need to preserve as well as quite a bit of data. Is there any way to get it to actually work when I click ''yes'' to take me to the screen to activate windows? I have a legal Windows XP Home Edition OEM key I am using that came with the laptop stuck to the bottom that I am using.

Posted by on


1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 20 achievements.


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Toshiba Master
  • 11,800 Answers

Unfortunately there is no other way of getting out of the activation loop than to do a full reinstall. Make a backup of your data, download new installers for all your programs (if they come with a disk then try are also available for download) and recover all your keys - either directly or use special soft like MagicJellyBean.

Posted on Jun 01, 2010


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of.(from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones)
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Forgot password for laptop

Turn on your computer go to safemode (if your in winxp pro hit f8 if your in winxp service pack2 hit f5) when welcome screen appears hit administrator account, then go to start menu control panel, user account, hit create new account follow screen messages.

Mar 29, 2011 | Computers & Internet

1 Answer

How do i reinstall winxp sp2 when cd key is missing?

You can install the OS but you are not going to be able to activate the OS without the key. It will run for 30 days before it has to be activated. All you can do is call Microsoft and tell them you are installing it on the same computer it came on. They normally bend over backward to activate the operating system, and you should have no trouble. Remember, you have not installed it on any other computer, that is critical. To contact a Microsoft customer service representative to activate Windows by phone, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then clickActivate Windows.

    Or, click the Windows Activation icon in the notification area.
  2. Click Yes, I want to telephone a customer service representative to active Windows now.
  3. Click Read the Windows Product Activation Privacy Statement, click Back, and then clickNext.
  4. Follow the steps in the Activate Windows by phone dialog box, and then click Next.

    Note The number appears now and differs based on the location that you select.
  5. When activation is completed and you receive the following message, click OK.You have successfully activated your copy of Windows.(Curtorsey Microsoft)

Nov 18, 2009 | Dell Inspiron B130 Notebook

2 Answers

Windows wont start up.

Yes you need winxp or recovery disk.
Then boot your computer with that disk.
For that put that disk in cd rom.
Then when you power up the computer press F1 or F2 or "del" key to enter in bios.
Then go to boot option then set first boot device as your cd or dvd rom.
Then save settings then it boot with that winxp disk.
Then follow the procedure you get message when it find your previos version of windows then press "r"
then it repair your winxp.

Let me know if you need more assistanse.

Sep 02, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

2 Answers

Dell inspirion 530 Black sreen at boot up with blinking cursor

HI there.
Hit F12 - enter diagnostics - then run them
It should from memory run a test called 'DST' which stands for disk short test. If this passes OK your disk is 99% ok. If OK then (my guess is you have WinXP) boot the XP install disk and attemp to install Windows. If the installer detects a version of windows already on the disk it will ask you "if you wish to repair the copy already installed"
If it does hit yes - ( you wont lose your data however I hope you have backed up)
After it has finished your done.
Hope this helps you out.....Mark

Aug 28, 2009 | Dell InspironTM 1501 Notebook

3 Answers

My Acer Aspire 6930 wont boot past the microsoft corporation screen. The computer wont even boot in safe mode. Are there any solutions for this?

Try system restore. During the boot sequence press F11 and follow the instructions. If it fails, try with your installation disk.

Aug 25, 2009 | Acer Aspire 6930-6455 Notebook PC

1 Answer

Dell Dimension 4600 stalls during boot

Turn the computer's power on.
Immediately put the original Windows XP CD into the drive.
Tell the computer to boot from the CD (not from the hard-drive).
Does it start to boot from the CD?
Do you get as far as the "repair/install" boot-screen?
If so, your basic hardware is OK, and turn your computer off,
rather than choosing "repair" or "install".
Then, it's probably either the hard-drive that is failing,
or the installed copy of Windows XP is fuddle-duddle-ucked up, so that it cannot finish the "Windows startup" processing.

Apr 23, 2009 | Dell Dimension 4600 PC Desktop

1 Answer

My computer kept on restaeting

there is a problem in your operating system a corrupted file, you need to repair by running your winxp cd click repair after rebooting and running with your cd. in dos prompt, type CHKDSK. there is another option in repairing this thru winxp cd instead of format you may clicl repair

Dec 19, 2007 | ASUS P4P800 SE (890552603657) Motherboard

1 Answer

I have a compaq presario 1200xl118 laptop computer that needs a small harddrive for it.

Go to start , control panel, add and remove look the hard drive of winxp and hit remove.

Yes u can up grade on your lap top just take it to some one that is willing to work on the mother board.

Nov 26, 2007 | IBM ThinkPad X60 Core Duo 1.83 GHz RAM 1...

Not finding what you are looking for?
Toshiba Satellite A105 Notebook Logo

131 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Toshiba Computers & Internet Experts

Les Dickinson
Les Dickinson

Level 3 Expert

18402 Answers

Donald DCruz
Donald DCruz

Level 3 Expert

17130 Answers

Doctor PC
Doctor PC

Level 3 Expert

7733 Answers

Are you a Toshiba Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides