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Can't activate XP with a genuine key RRS feed

  • Question

  • This seems slightly odd this. I got a genuine copy of windows XP pro with SP3 slipstreamed and promptly gave it to my other half (she's not computer literate and i've spent a long time on the phone trying to help her with this) She installed it saturday and used the keythat came with it. She's went to http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/validate/ValidateNow.aspx?displaylang=en and it's validated absolutely perfectly....however when it comes to activation it's causing a huge problem.

    Normally you should get a blue screen as highlighted here http://www.vistaultimate.com/windowsxp_screenshots.htm

    (second shot down)

    She would like to activate over the internet but that activation screen is simply not appearing. She's clicking on a star saying 60 days to activate and the activation screen is simply refusing to appear. She's tried going into the start menu/programs and trying activate windows from there. Screen is still refusing to appear though. Everything else is fine but this screen is causing a lot of problems.
    Monday, August 17, 2009 2:54 PM

Answers

  • Hello nutter123,

    I think the wildcard here is the slipstreaming of SP3.

    Have her do a clean installation from the genuine hologrammed CD, activate and validate, then just get the SPs from Windows Update.
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Monday, August 17, 2009 3:14 PM

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  • Monday, August 17, 2009 3:05 PM
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  • Try the Windows Product Key Update Tool
    Carey Frisch

    Already did that. Still giving her an activation problem *this version of windows is not activated*
    Monday, August 17, 2009 3:09 PM
  • Hello nutter123,

    I think the wildcard here is the slipstreaming of SP3.

    Have her do a clean installation from the genuine hologrammed CD, activate and validate, then just get the SPs from Windows Update.
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Monday, August 17, 2009 3:14 PM
  • I've had a thought. What if her actual file is damaged? i.e. her msoobe file. I've made a virtual machine. Would it be possible if I copied the files needed from my virtual system and send to hers? I know it's easy to clean install and start again/reinstall the service packs. However that could be very time consuimg and possibly undoable as she's only on dialup (can't afford to go any faster) downloading/reinstalling all service packs could take an absolute age to be honest.

    Monday, August 17, 2009 6:47 PM
  • Hello nutter123,

    The file copy approach may or may not work, I've never done it so I can't say from experience.

    You could always download the full file Service Packs and put them on a CD and mail it to her.  Or she can take the computer to the home of a friend that has a hi-speed connection.
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Wednesday, August 19, 2009 2:17 PM
  • True with the mail thing. I think we're going to try this at least (the recopy) if this doesn't work then it's service pack on to CD time. (Not had the chance to try anything with her so far as she's been busy) if our experiment fails? oh well we tried and failed. I did though manage to run the MSA diagnostics on her computer and it showed as not activated in the windows part with no option to resolve. Not sure if that's a good/bad thing.
    Wednesday, August 19, 2009 2:30 PM
  • This might seem weird and bizzare? She managed to solve it going through control panel. Got no idea how she managed it but it's been fixed. :)
    Friday, August 21, 2009 9:56 AM