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XP Pro SP3 - Repair install failure

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Dances with Servers, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. Dances with Servers

    Dances with Servers Flightless Bird

    Hello!

    In a bit of a bind; hoping someone can help me!

    I have a laptop here that was not logging in correctly - it would log in
    and immediately log out. Drive showed minor failure, so I did a surface
    scan and remapped the failing sector. Ran SFC which replaced one file -
    still wasn't working.

    So I tried a repair install. Normally, this fixes just about any darn
    thing.

    Not this time. On the initial boot afterwards (the black screen with
    logo), it just hangs. Power down and reboot, it allows log in, then says
    "windows must be activated before you can log in". Upon saying yes
    (because no isn't really an option), the activation windows disappears
    and.. nothing: I'm left staring at the green hills that are becoming
    increasingly less calming.

    If anybody has any ideas that will spare me the pain of having to do a
    clean rebuild of this system, I'd be most appreciative!
     
  2. dadiOH

    dadiOH Flightless Bird

    Dances with Servers wrote:
    > Hello!
    >
    > In a bit of a bind; hoping someone can help me!
    >
    > I have a laptop here that was not logging in correctly - it would log
    > in and immediately log out. Drive showed minor failure, so I did a
    > surface scan and remapped the failing sector. Ran SFC which replaced
    > one file - still wasn't working.
    >
    > So I tried a repair install. Normally, this fixes just about any darn
    > thing.
    >
    > Not this time. On the initial boot afterwards (the black screen with
    > logo), it just hangs. Power down and reboot, it allows log in, then
    > says "windows must be activated before you can log in". Upon saying
    > yes (because no isn't really an option), the activation windows
    > disappears and.. nothing: I'm left staring at the green hills that
    > are becoming increasingly less calming.


    Are you saying Windows finishes booting but the activation window doesn'r
    open? If yes, open it manually...

    Start
    Programs
    Accessories

    -OR -

    Start
    Run
    type in "oobe/msoobe /a".


    If no, try from safe mode.

    --

    dadiOH
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  3. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    Your described issues notwithstanding, had IE8 or IE7 been installed before
    you did this are any other Repair Install?
    --
    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Client - since 2002


    Dances with Servers wrote:
    > I have a laptop here that was not logging in correctly - it would log in
    > and immediately log out. Drive showed minor failure, so I did a surface
    > scan and remapped the failing sector. Ran SFC which replaced one file -
    > still wasn't working.
    >
    > So I tried a repair install. Normally, this fixes just about any darn
    > thing.
    >
    > Not this time. On the initial boot afterwards (the black screen with
    > logo), it just hangs. Power down and reboot, it allows log in, then says
    > "windows must be activated before you can log in". Upon saying yes
    > (because no isn't really an option), the activation windows disappears
    > and.. nothing: I'm left staring at the green hills that are becoming
    > increasingly less calming.
    >
    > If anybody has any ideas that will spare me the pain of having to do a
    > clean rebuild of this system, I'd be most appreciative!
     
  4. Dances with Servers

    Dances with Servers Flightless Bird

    PA Bear [MS MVP] wrote:
    > Your described issues notwithstanding, had IE8 or IE7 been installed
    > before you did this are any other Repair Install?


    Yes, and I suspect yes. IE8 had been installed, and there is a chance he
    did a repair install himself about 12 onths ago. Thankyou for asking!
     
  5. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    See...

    . How to perform a repair installation of Windows XP if a later version
    of Internet Explorer is installed
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/917964

    If IE8 was not uninstalled prior to doing the Repair Install, the only
    recourse now is to format the HDD & then do a clean install.


    Dances with Servers wrote:
    > PA Bear [MS MVP] wrote:
    >> Your described issues notwithstanding, had IE8 or IE7 been installed
    >> before you did this are any other Repair Install?

    >
    > Yes, and I suspect yes. IE8 had been installed, and there is a chance he
    > did a repair install himself about 12 onths ago. Thankyou for asking!
     
  6. Dances with Servers

    Dances with Servers Flightless Bird

    PA Bear [MS MVP] wrote:
    > See...
    >
    > . How to perform a repair installation of Windows XP if a later
    > version of Internet Explorer is installed
    > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/917964
    >
    > If IE8 was not uninstalled prior to doing the Repair Install, the only
    > recourse now is to format the HDD & then do a clean install.
    >
    >
    > Dances with Servers wrote:
    >> PA Bear [MS MVP] wrote:
    >>> Your described issues notwithstanding, had IE8 or IE7 been installed
    >>> before you did this are any other Repair Install?

    >>
    >> Yes, and I suspect yes. IE8 had been installed, and there is a chance he
    >> did a repair install himself about 12 onths ago. Thankyou for asking!

    >

    Cheers for the advice - you've given me one last straw to clutch at
    before a rebuild!

    I might be able to fool it into workin by removing the IE files from the
    drive, in the hopes that a repair install might then be able to work
    properly. I'm assuming the windows activation process is failing because
    it cannot run IE?
     
  7. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    Dances with Servers wrote:
    >>>> Your described issues notwithstanding, had IE8 or IE7 been installed
    >>>> before you did this are any other Repair Install?
    >>>
    >>> Yes, and I suspect yes. IE8 had been installed, and there is a chance he
    >>> did a repair install himself about 12 onths ago. Thankyou for asking!

    >>
    >> See...
    >>
    >> . How to perform a repair installation of Windows XP if a later
    >> version of Internet Explorer is installed
    >> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/917964
    >>
    >> If IE8 was not uninstalled prior to doing the Repair Install, the only
    >> recourse now is to format the HDD & then do a clean install.
    >>

    > Cheers for the advice - you've given me one last straw to clutch at
    > before a rebuild!


    That's no last straw but yet another reason to do a clean install.

    > I might be able to fool it into workin by removing the IE files from the
    > drive, in the hopes that a repair install might then be able to work
    > properly.


    That will not work.

    > I'm assuming the windows activation process is failing because
    > it cannot run IE?


    That and the fact that the computer's probably still infested with
    hijackware (which neither System Restore nor a Repair Install will resolve).
     
  8. Dances with Servers

    Dances with Servers Flightless Bird

    PA Bear [MS MVP] wrote:
    > Dances with Servers wrote:


    >
    >> I might be able to fool it into workin by removing the IE files from the
    >> drive, in the hopes that a repair install might then be able to work
    >> properly.

    >
    > That will not work.
    >


    Worked a treat - at least as far as this issue is concerned :)

    >> I'm assuming the windows activation process is failing because
    >> it cannot run IE?

    >
    > That and the fact that the computer's probably still infested with
    > hijackware (which neither System Restore nor a Repair Install will
    > resolve).


    There was -still- something buried that I gave up on finding; completing
    the rebuild now. But for anyone else who is facing the other issue -
    windows hanging on the 'please wait' screen, then after choosing the
    activate - deleting all the file in the internet explorer folder and
    re-doing the repair install should get you past it.
     

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