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I'm running shitty Windows XP Home from shitty Microsoft on my shitty HP PC. I installed XP Home one month ago. The entire time, a little window has been popping up saying "X Days to activate windows, click here to activate now." I would click on the window, and a screen saying "windows has already been activated on this computer, click OK to exit" convinces me I've got no problem. But the request for activation continued.

So this morning my days ran out, and now when I start up my shitty PC, I get a screen saying I need to activate before I can log in. I click OK, get the window telling me it's already been activated, and it returns me to my log-in screen, where I just repeat that process. Anyone have any idea how to fix this?

I'm writing this from another computer, obviously, because I can't access the shitty PC in question.

Maybe I should also point out that in the past, I've never used to log-in screen. My settings were configured so that, because I was the only account, it logged in automatically. Now, all of a sudden, I need to log in.

My best efforts via Google have pointed me towards something called the "WPA_Kill utility," with WPA being the file in your Windows32 folder that stores activation info. But all I could find on this was a message board cache from a year ago, and the page with that utility that it points to no longer seems to exist. And even if I could find a copy of it, I don't know how to get it onto my computer because it seems I am unable to reboot into safe mode with networking enabled.

And one more thing: I have a genuine, legally purchased copy of Windows. I'm not doing anything illegal here.

(edited by TheBucsFan on 29.5.06 0716)
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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.94
This looks like your problem:
http://www.mcse.ms/printthread.php?threadid=1119519

Re: XP Home Activation issue

James;
Reboot to Safe Mode:
Reboot tapping F8 each second.
Select Safe Mode at the menu

Start/Run
Type "regsvr32.exe regwizc.dll" ENTER
Type "regsvr32.exe licdll.dll" ENTER

Reboot.

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TheBucsFan
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.42
Didn't work. I've also tried uninstalling SP2, to no avail.

I've been trying for about six hours now with no luck. I've just gone to the Apple store and ordered a new laptop because, even if I get this resolved, I'm sick of the countless problems.

Which leads me to my next question. If I can't get this fixed (and from my internet patrolling, I think I might end up having to reinstall Windows), anyone know how I can at least get the files off my hard drive? I'm not very familiar with Safe mode, but it seems my computer won't recognize any hardware, including my CD Drive (it always says there's no CD in the drive when there is) or my USB Wireless adapter. I have things on this computer I need but can't recover.
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You could try a boot CD to get your computer up and running so that you could access your hard drive.

Are you able to get "Safe Mode with Networking" to load? If so, and if you have a network card in your computer, you may be able to create a home network and move the files that way.

You could also use floppy disks.

DJ Frosty Freeze went through this a few months ago.

(If you have access to a friend's PC, it may be easiest to take your hard drive out and have them copy the files to CD Rom for you)



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TheBucsFan
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.42
    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    You could try a boot CD to get your computer up and running so that you could access your hard drive.

    Are you able to get "Safe Mode with Networking" to load? If so, and if you have a network card in your computer, you may be able to create a home network and move the files that way.

    You could also use floppy disks.

    DJ Frosty Freeze went through this a few months ago.

    (If you have access to a friend's PC, it may be easiest to take your hard drive out and have them copy the files to CD Rom for you)


I can only get normal safemode to run, the others give me the activation message. What I guess I'm going to end up doing hooking it up as a second harddrive on my friend's PC or maybe getting a USB hookup for the harddrive to hook it up to the laptop I have on the way. Then I'll just reinstall Windows and try to avoid this confusion again.

On the positive side, I used this mess as an excuse to go by the new MacBook, which should be here in about a week.
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This may be a stupid point, but have you tried calling Microsoft? From my experience they don't have bad wait times and are pretty good at fixing things like this. Only had to call for a couple of questions, but they know stuff you're not gonna find on google to be sure.
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.42
    Originally posted by wmatistic
    This may be a stupid point, but have you tried calling Microsoft? From my experience they don't have bad wait times and are pretty good at fixing things like this. Only had to call for a couple of questions, but they know stuff you're not gonna find on google to be sure.


They want me to pay for support, which I won't do in this case because as far as my research can tell me, this problem is a flaw in their OS. Also, many of the people I've found posting online about this problem have apparently ultimately been told by Microsoft that they would have to reinstall Windows. I don't really understand that, but I don't want to pay 35 bucks to be told to erase my hard drive.

(So instead I drop $1300 on a new computer...)

(edited by TheBucsFan on 29.5.06 1849)
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From the research I've done online, it seems like the first two support calls are free for non-OEM installations (which it sounds like yours is). Call, e-mail, or even send a chat request.

http://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?ln=en-us&x=9&y=14&prid=3219&gprid=37013
If that link doesn't work, I went to support.microsoft.com , clicked on "Select a product to start", clicked on Windows XP, clicked on the Home Edition.

Incidentally, I haven't had to do it with Windows XP, but with older OSs, reinstalling Windows is no big deal. It's not like you're reformatting your hard drive. All the programs you installed are still there. But like I say, I haven't had to do that with Windows XP, so maybe someone knows differently.



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It depends with XP. Early on I know I can remember installing it over a copy that was there and it kept all my settings. but lately when messing with certain versions I get a message that if I go through with the install it "may" delete all my files like My Documents. At that point I just find another way to get it fixed so I can't say for sure if this would happen or not, but that message wasn't there before. Could be a change since Service Pack 2 or between upgrade and full install versions, I don't know.
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.94
    Originally posted by TheBucsFan


    Which leads me to my next question. If I can't get this fixed (and from my internet patrolling, I think I might end up having to reinstall Windows)


If you boot to your Windows CD and go through the process of reinstalling it, the Installer should find your current Windows installation and ask if you'd like to repair it instead. If you do that it will run through all the installation stuff, but when you log in you shouldn't have lost any vital info.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315341/en-us gives you a process and some warnings.
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