XP Activation Issue

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Rider, Nov 18, 2004.

  1. Rider

    Rider Guest

    A computer which boots up and says it needs to be activated before you can
    continue using it. So you click on yes activate now and a dialog box pops up
    saying its already been activated, so click the ok button and it logs you
    off.

    I can get into the system via safe mode. Is there anyway of rectifying this?
    I havent come across it before ... anyone had this problem and was able to
    resolve it without a reload?

    Rider
     
    Rider, Nov 18, 2004
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  2. Rider wrote:
    > A computer which boots up and says it needs to be activated before you can
    > continue using it. So you click on yes activate now and a dialog box pops up
    > saying its already been activated, so click the ok button and it logs you
    > off.


    Ring MS.
    it's not hard... ~5 mins on the phone last time I did it.
     
    Dave - Dave.net.nz, Nov 18, 2004
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  3. "Rider" <> wrote in message
    news:N2and.3608$...
    >A computer which boots up and says it needs to be activated before you can
    >continue using it. So you click on yes activate now and a dialog box pops
    >up saying its already been activated, so click the ok button and it logs
    >you off.
    >
    > I can get into the system via safe mode. Is there anyway of rectifying
    > this? I havent come across it before ... anyone had this problem and was
    > able to resolve it without a reload?
    >
    > Rider
    >
    >


    Please call Microsoft Services on 0800 800-004, they should be able to sort
    this out for you

    Brett Roberts
    Microsoft NZ
     
    Brett Roberts, Nov 19, 2004
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  4. Rider

    -[Myth]- Guest

    On Fri, 19 Nov 2004 12:15:46 +1300, Rider wrote:

    > A computer which boots up and says it needs to be activated before you can
    > continue using it. So you click on yes activate now and a dialog box pops up
    > saying its already been activated, so click the ok button and it logs you
    > off.
    >
    > I can get into the system via safe mode. Is there anyway of rectifying this?
    > I havent come across it before ... anyone had this problem and was able to
    > resolve it without a reload?
    >
    > Rider


    You could use an "unofficial" "fix" (commonly found on p2p networks) which
    would of course not be allowed under the terms of the Windows EULA, or you
    could install a "backup" version of Windows which doesn't have activation
    (corporate), But i would recommend calling MS first, you did pay them for
    it so you have a right to be pissed off that their gay copy protection is
    hindering your use of the product.
     
    -[Myth]-, Nov 19, 2004
    #4
  5. Rider

    PseUDO Guest

    Rider wrote:
    > A computer which boots up and says it needs to be activated before you can
    > continue using it. So you click on yes activate now and a dialog box pops up
    > saying its already been activated, so click the ok button and it logs you
    > off.
    >
    > I can get into the system via safe mode. Is there anyway of rectifying this?
    > I havent come across it before ... anyone had this problem and was able to
    > resolve it without a reload?
    >
    > Rider
    >
    >

    Sounds like the "activation" file is corrupted, it's stored in the
    windows/system32 folder with the name "wpa.dbl", it you can boot to a
    command prompt before starting windows, and delete this file, you should
    then just be able to activate again when windows re-starts.

    PseUDO
     
    PseUDO, Nov 19, 2004
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  6. Rider

    Rider Guest

    "-[Myth]-" <> wrote in message
    news:14qtwss0xybt1.12bzxuj34aicf$...
    > On Fri, 19 Nov 2004 12:15:46 +1300, Rider wrote:
    >
    >> A computer which boots up and says it needs to be activated before you
    >> can
    >> continue using it. So you click on yes activate now and a dialog box pops
    >> up
    >> saying its already been activated, so click the ok button and it logs you
    >> off.
    >>
    >> I can get into the system via safe mode. Is there anyway of rectifying
    >> this?
    >> I havent come across it before ... anyone had this problem and was able
    >> to
    >> resolve it without a reload?
    >>
    >> Rider

    >
    > You could use an "unofficial" "fix" (commonly found on p2p networks) which
    > would of course not be allowed under the terms of the Windows EULA, or you
    > could install a "backup" version of Windows which doesn't have activation
    > (corporate), But i would recommend calling MS first, you did pay them for
    > it so you have a right to be pissed off that their gay copy protection is
    > hindering your use of the product.


    Herein lies the problem. Its not mine. A woman phoned my business with this
    problem. After a bit of trying to fix it I then posted here, as I've never
    seen this error before. I had already tried what I found on the net
    regarding the wpa files with no luck.

    So I go back to the client so I could phone MS from onsite with her product
    key. I should have realised when she originally told me that a 'friend' had
    built the machine for her, but didnt even think about it. She had a pirate
    copy of XP .... which might explain this error LOL She didnt know what a
    pirate copy was and asked why he would do that.

    So to put her mind at rest, I destroyed her pirate copy and supplied an
    authentic new copy for her with licence key etc. Bloody backyard computer
    people ... "Sure I can build you one cheap" wankers. Its these idiots that
    make us all look bad.

    Rider
     
    Rider, Nov 21, 2004
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  7. Rider

    Stewbaby Guest

    "Brett Roberts" <> wrote in message news:<419d50b5$>...
    > "Rider" <> wrote in message
    > news:N2and.3608$...
    > >A computer which boots up and says it needs to be activated before you can
    > >continue using it. So you click on yes activate now and a dialog box pops
    > >up saying its already been activated, so click the ok button and it logs
    > >you off.
    > >
    > > I can get into the system via safe mode. Is there anyway of rectifying
    > > this? I havent come across it before ... anyone had this problem and was
    > > able to resolve it without a reload?
    > >
    > > Rider
    > >
    > >

    >
    > Please call Microsoft Services on 0800 800-004, they should be able to sort
    > this out for you
    >
    > Brett Roberts
    > Microsoft NZ


    Thanks for that Brett... that's not much good if the PC is at a
    church, doesn't have internet connection, and the activation is
    required on a Sunday before a church service (like happened to me).

    It appears that the unspoken "between Australian Business Hours" has
    been left off your response.

    The fun part here is that two weeks after XP Pro required activation,
    Office XP did... thanks Microsoft! For what it's worth, the church
    had to pay full retail for the products, so despite what Micrsoft
    thinks, we are not all thieves.

    Oh... OpenOffice works fine on that PC now, after Excel pooh'd itself
    and we only need the "presentation tool" anyway.

    Stewart
    Napier, NZ
     
    Stewbaby, Nov 23, 2004
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