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.
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Re: Winxp wont let me activate when hitting ''yes'' I...
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.
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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.
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:
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.
Click Yes, I want to telephone a customer service representative to active Windows now.
Click Read the Windows Product Activation Privacy Statement, click Back, and then clickNext.
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.
When activation is completed and you receive the following message, click OK.You have successfully activated your copy of Windows.(Curtorsey Microsoft)
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.
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
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.
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