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WinXP asks for activation, says it is activated, then shuts

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by RealGomer, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. RealGomer

    RealGomer Flightless Bird

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    I moved my dual boot PC between rooms. I also now have the sound hooked up
    to spdif port and video to a s-video port. XP had been running just fine
    before the move. The only hardware change is the addition of a usb wireless-n
    adapter. When I started up the box in the new location I received a message
    right at the splash screen saying the copy of xp needed to be activated. I
    clicked okay, the message disappeared and the screen went blank. The splash
    screen came up again with another activation warning but in a different
    "box". I clicked okay to activate now and another opened saying xp was
    already activated. The log in screen then appeared, which had never appeared
    before, and I select the one and only user icon. The xp desktop appears and
    another activation needed window opens. The exact same one as the one at the
    splash screen. I again click on okay and once more the already activated
    window once more pops up. I click on the okay button to exit and I'm taking
    back to the select user screen.

    I saw the kludge located at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/312295/en-us but
    it seems odd that after 5 years xp would decide it needs to be activated.
    The suggested fix calls for running some code from the RUN screen, but I
    can't even get that far. The windows pop up before the desktop even populates
    with the icons.Is there anything else to be done?

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  2. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "RealGomer" <RealGomer@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:96DFDDB0-5991-4FBB-8FA1-9ACEC9A20ECE@microsoft.com...
    > You cannot vote on your own post
    > 0
    >
    > I moved my dual boot PC between rooms. I also now have the sound hooked up
    > to spdif port and video to a s-video port. XP had been running just fine
    > before the move. The only hardware change is the addition of a usb
    > wireless-n
    > adapter. When I started up the box in the new location I received a
    > message
    > right at the splash screen saying the copy of xp needed to be activated. I
    > clicked okay, the message disappeared and the screen went blank. The
    > splash
    > screen came up again with another activation warning but in a different
    > "box". I clicked okay to activate now and another opened saying xp was
    > already activated. The log in screen then appeared, which had never
    > appeared
    > before, and I select the one and only user icon. The xp desktop appears
    > and
    > another activation needed window opens. The exact same one as the one at
    > the
    > splash screen. I again click on okay and once more the already activated
    > window once more pops up. I click on the okay button to exit and I'm
    > taking
    > back to the select user screen.
    >
    > I saw the kludge located at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/312295/en-us
    > but
    > it seems odd that after 5 years xp would decide it needs to be activated.
    > The suggested fix calls for running some code from the RUN screen, but I
    > can't even get that far. The windows pop up before the desktop even
    > populates
    > with the icons.Is there anything else to be done?
    >
    > --
    > Für Elise - Support the Breast Cancer & Heart Foundations


    Moving PCs will not change whatever is installed but malware/viruses will.
    Try rebooting in Safe Mode, then give the machine a complete scan.
     
  3. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    > I moved my dual boot PC...

    1. Assuming WinXP's installed on one partition, what Windows version is
    installed on the other and which was installed first?

    On the WinXP partition in question:

    2. Is WinXP SP3 installed and is the computer fully patched at Windows
    Update?

    3. What anti-virus application or security suite is installed and is your
    subscription current? What anti-spyware applications (other than Defender)?
    What third-party firewall (if any)?

    4. Has a(nother) Norton or McAfee application ever been installed on the
    computer?

    5. Did a Norton or McAfee free-trial come preinstalled on the computer when
    you bought it? (Doesn't matter if you never used or Activated it.)
    --
    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Client - since 2002


    RealGomer wrote:
    > I moved my dual boot PC between rooms. I also now have the sound hooked up
    > to spdif port and video to a s-video port. XP had been running just fine
    > before the move. The only hardware change is the addition of a usb
    > wireless-n adapter. When I started up the box in the new location I
    > received a message right at the splash screen saying the copy of xp needed
    > to be activated. I clicked okay, the message disappeared and the screen
    > went blank. The splash screen came up again with another activation
    > warning
    > but in a different "box". I clicked okay to activate now and another
    > opened
    > saying xp was already activated. The log in screen then appeared, which
    > had
    > never appeared before, and I select the one and only user icon. The xp
    > desktop appears and another activation needed window opens. The exact same
    > one as the one at the splash screen. I again click on okay and once more
    > the already activated window once more pops up. I click on the okay button
    > to exit and I'm taking back to the select user screen.
    >
    > I saw the kludge located at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/312295/en-us
    > but
    > it seems odd that after 5 years xp would decide it needs to be activated.
    > The suggested fix calls for running some code from the RUN screen, but I
    > can't even get that far. The windows pop up before the desktop even
    > populates with the icons.Is there anything else to be done?
     
  4. Doum

    Doum Flightless Bird

    =?Utf-8?B?UmVhbEdvbWVy?= <RealGomer@discussions.microsoft.com> écrivait
    news:96DFDDB0-5991-4FBB-8FA1-9ACEC9A20ECE@microsoft.com:

    > You cannot vote on your own post
    > 0
    >
    > I moved my dual boot PC between rooms. I also now have the sound hooked

    up
    > to spdif port and video to a s-video port. XP had been running just

    fine
    > before the move. The only hardware change is the addition of a usb

    wireless-n
    > adapter. When I started up the box in the new location I received a

    message
    > right at the splash screen saying the copy of xp needed to be

    activated. I
    > clicked okay, the message disappeared and the screen went blank. The

    splash
    > screen came up again with another activation warning but in a different
    > "box". I clicked okay to activate now and another opened saying xp was
    > already activated. The log in screen then appeared, which had never

    appeared
    > before, and I select the one and only user icon. The xp desktop appears

    and
    > another activation needed window opens. The exact same one as the one

    at the
    > splash screen. I again click on okay and once more the already

    activated
    > window once more pops up. I click on the okay button to exit and I'm

    taking
    > back to the select user screen.
    >
    > I saw the kludge located at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/312295/en-

    us but
    > it seems odd that after 5 years xp would decide it needs to be

    activated.
    > The suggested fix calls for running some code from the RUN screen, but

    I
    > can't even get that far. The windows pop up before the desktop even

    populates
    > with the icons.Is there anything else to be done?
    >


    Run the "SYSPREP" command from the recovery console, it will restore the
    "activation needed within 30 days" prompt. Then, when Windows start, all
    you have to do is to activate like you would on a new installation.

    http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=kb;en-us;302577&x=12&y=12

    HTH
     

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