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My computer doesn't open to the desktop and boots slow

When i start up my computer it takes a good hour or two to get to the welcome screne with the user icons and when it finaly alows me to click on my icon to log in it takes another half hour to get to the desktop but nothing pops up. its just my background for a good 5 to 10 min and then it logs off also when i get to the welcome screne a pop up comes up saying windows must be varified my microsoft but no phone # is said its just a yes or no button to press. i get the same pop up after i try to log on to my desktop

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  • djd4 Jul 15, 2008

    can i activate my copy of windows from a diffrent computer? because i cant even get on to mine

  • djd4 Jul 15, 2008

    ive tried booting in safe mode and a pop up comes up saying i can't activate in safe mode

  • djd4 Jul 16, 2008

    it takes the same amount of time to boot in safe mode. i can't ignore the pop up because i have to click on something for it to continue. ive tried ignoring in the past and all its done was stay like that with the pop up. ive had this pc for almost 10 years. it had windows 98 on it and about 3 years ago i put windows xp on it.

    what is the # to microsoft? and where do i type in the code since there is no space to type anything in?

  • djd4 Jul 17, 2008

    im not sure if it is a corpret or retail disk. my dad got it for me but how would i go about reinstaling xp?

  • djd4 Jul 21, 2008

    alright im going to reinstal windows xp. which file system should i use? fat32 or ntfs?

  • djd4 Jul 22, 2008

    thanks anth1 for your help i did a repair instal and got my comp to work


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Click Start > Run > type msconfig > OK >

click Startup tab and try Disabling All startup items then restart

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    nsindian Jul 16, 2008

    I would just call Microsoft and ask them for a "new" product key to type in the space provided. I've had to do it a few times, usually after reformatting HD and reinstalling. They thought i was using it on another computer but I explained to them what happened and they give you a specific key to use and you type it in while you're on line with the agent at MS.


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What happens after you press yes? it sounds like the operating system has not been registerd with microsoft there is a code on the back of your base unit on the holergram you can normaly register with this code over your internet conection try looking through your programs for a key symbol it should say something about actvation

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  • anth1 Jul 15, 2008

    no because it checks the code on your system but looking back at your orginal post looks like you may have a virus if you carnt even boot up try booting up in safe mode see how you get on

  • anth1 Jul 16, 2008

    how long did it take to boot up in safe mode? what happens if you ignor the pop up?if you can try disabling startup items as nsindian sugests how long have you had this pc for have you ignord the windows activation rquest before this problem did you have any other problems before this one?

  • anth1 Jul 16, 2008

    do you still have the original xp o/s disk? is it a retail disk or a corpret os disk if its corpret you do not need an activation code.

    and if it retail you would have had to activate this with in 30 days

    have you recently changed any components on the system microsoft normaly monitor for hardware changes

    in your situation if you carnt get on i would personaly do a fresh instal of xp o/s then you should get the chance to register within 30 days

  • anth1 Jul 17, 2008

    stick the disk in the drive when it starts follow the instructions it may ask you if you want do do a repair instal that way it should not wipe your stuff such as pictures and documents but to be ohnest i have never had any sucsess doing a repair so i normaly do a fresh instal but this wipes everything and starts like a brand new pc if you do this rember to go to windows update to get all the updates for you system also you will need to get all the drivers for your system to work the sound card grafix card etc but you can usualy download these from the web.if your father has used this disk for his instal it may cause problems with it going on two pc for the product key but you get the option to call microsoft for a product key but be careful what you say they will ask you about your system and questions about the holagram sticker on the back of the tower they made a few different ones helps them to see if your copy is genuin or not but if it came with your dads pc describe his sticker and say you changed the hard drive but try the code that comes with the disk or if your dads got it on it will be on his pc under system

  • anth1 Jul 20, 2008

    did you solve this problem? i would be gratefull if you could give me a rating thankyou

  • anth1 Jul 21, 2008

    you need to use ntfs for xp fat32 was used for the old windows such as 98 one thing if you need to save anything off your hard drive put it in another machine as a secondry drive and set it as slave and you should be able to check stuff on your drive

  • anth1 Jul 22, 2008

    glad to hear you got it sorted


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