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Windows vista was activated then after failed download it failed activation RRS feed

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  • Greetings

    Originally activated vista which went okay then downloaded the latest service pack which, for some reason failed to install, now vista states I may have an illegal copy.

    I have not installed any of the programs that were on another website which could cause problems.

    I do use Kaspersky internet security 7.0.0.125 and windows defender.

    Have tried to reinstall the latest service pack but windows update doesn't want to work.

    Downloaded a program which checks the system and pasted the details below.

    Diagnostic Report (1.9.0006.1):
    -----------------------------------------
    WGA Data-->
    Validation Status: Invalid License
    Validation Code: 50
    Online Validation Code: 0xc004d401
    Cached Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004d401
    Windows Product Key: *****-*****-GD2PK-BD3R2-44MV3
    Windows Product Key Hash: f7FPE6g/CLFmnJ4E6GbEU9Xn1sA=
    Windows Product ID: 89572-OEM-7332166-00021
    Windows Product ID Type: 2
    Windows License Type: OEM SLP
    Windows OS version: 6.0.6000.2.00010300.0.0.002
    ID: {12769DD1-10FA-4E4D-B9A7-5562DFDA8D02}(1)
    Is Admin: Yes
    TestCab: 0x0
    WGA Version: Registered, 1.9.9.1
    Signed By: Microsoft
    Product Name: Windows Vista (TM) Home Basic
    Architecture: 0x00000000
    Build lab: 6000.vista_gdr.080917-1612
    TTS Error: M:20090327192511122-
    Validation Diagnostic:
    Resolution Status: N/A

    WgaER Data-->
    ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Version: 6.0.6001.18000

    WGA Notifications Data-->
    Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    File Exists: No
    Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

    OGA Notifications Data-->
    Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    WGATray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    OGAAddin.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

    OGA Data-->
    Office Status: 102
    2007 Microsoft Office system - 100 Genuine
    OGA Version: Registered, 1.6.28.0
    Signed By: Microsoft
    Office Diagnostics: 77F760FE-153-80070002_7E90FEE8-175-80070002_025D1FF3-364-80041010_025D1FF3-229-80041010_025D1FF3-230-1_025D1FF3-517-80040154_025D1FF3-237-80040154_025D1FF3-238-2_025D1FF3-244-80070002_025D1FF3-258-3_E2AD56EA-765-d003_E2AD56EA-766-0_E2AD56EA-134-80004005_70AFE6BE-656-80070057_E2AD56EA-815-80070057

    Browser Data-->
    Proxy settings: N/A
    User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Win32)
    Default Browser: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
    Download signed ActiveX controls: Prompt
    Download unsigned ActiveX controls: Disabled
    Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins: Allowed
    Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe: Disabled
    Allow scripting of Internet Explorer Webbrowser control: Disabled
    Active scripting: Allowed
    Script ActiveX controls marked as safe for scripting: Allowed

    File Scan Data-->

    Other data-->
    Office Details: <GenuineResults><MachineData><UGUID>{12769DD1-10FA-4E4D-B9A7-5562DFDA8D02}</UGUID><Version>1.9.0006.1</Version><OS>6.0.6000.2.00010300.0.0.002</OS><Architecture>x32</Architecture><PKey>*****-*****-*****-*****-44MV3</PKey><PID>89572-OEM-7332166-00021</PID><PIDType>2</PIDType><SID>S-1-5-21-842233741-2375993179-930360783</SID><SYSTEM><Manufacturer>Hewlett-Packard</Manufacturer><Model>HP Compaq 6720s</Model></SYSTEM><BIOS><Manufacturer>Hewlett-Packard</Manufacturer><Version>68MDU Ver. F.09</Version><SMBIOSVersion major="2" minor="4"/><Date>20080110000000.000000+000</Date></BIOS><HWID>98313507018400EA</HWID><UserLCID>0809</UserLCID><SystemLCID>0409</SystemLCID><TimeZone>GMT Standard Time(GMT+00:00)</TimeZone><iJoin>0</iJoin><SBID><stat>3</stat><msppid></msppid><name></name><model></model></SBID><OEM><OEMID>HPQOEM</OEMID><OEMTableID>SLIC-MPC</OEMTableID></OEM><GANotification/></MachineData><Software><Office><Result>102</Result><Products><Product GUID="{91120000-0031-0000-0000-0000000FF1CE}"><LegitResult>100</LegitResult><Name>2007 Microsoft Office system</Name><Ver>12</Ver><Val>BC437C498931014</Val><Hash>qPz2NB1AYZFVeffnCmIFpiJNWnM=</Hash><Pid>89451-OEM-6601026-12340</Pid><PidType>11</PidType></Product></Products><Applications><App Id="15" Version="12" Result="100"/><App Id="16" Version="12" Result="100"/><App Id="18" Version="12" Result="100"/><App Id="19" Version="12" Result="100"/><App Id="1A" Version="12" Result="100"/><App Id="1B" Version="12" Result="100"/></Applications></Office></Software></GenuineResults> 

    Spsys.log Content: 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    Licensing Data-->
    C:\Windows\system32\slmgr.vbs(291, 5) (null): 0xC004D401

    HWID Data-->
    HWID Hash Current: OAAAAAEAAwABAAIAAQABAAAABAABAAEAnJ+AUcwivg1wokaDUBKSveSR8vS8MJCKGB+sVkwBYGM=

    OEM Activation 1.0 Data-->
    N/A

    OEM Activation 2.0 Data-->
    BIOS valid for OA 2.0: yes
    Windows marker version: 0x20000
    OEMID and OEMTableID Consistent: yes
    BIOS Information:
      ACPI Table Name OEMID Value OEMTableID Value
      APIC   HP      30D8   
      FACP   HP      30D8   
      HPET   HP      30D8   
      MCFG   HP      30D8   
      SLIC   HPQOEM  SLIC-MPC
      TCPA   HP      30D8   
      SSDT   HP      HPQSAT
      SSDT   HP      HPQSAT
      SSDT   HP      HPQSAT
      SSDT   HP      HPQSAT
      SSDT   HP      HPQSAT


     Hope the above helps,    Regards    Jim

    Friday, March 27, 2009 9:45 PM

Answers

  • Hello wilij1,
      

    Vista is in, what we call a 'Mod-Auth' Tamper state.  There are 2 types of Mod-Auth tampers.

    1)    A critical system file was modified On Disk - What this means is that the file, located on the hard drive, was modified in some way. This can be caused by a malicious program (spyware, malware, virus) or by manual file modification (by a user of the system). There is also a very small chance that an Update may fail in mid-update and cause this type of issue. As a safety mechanism, Updates are made so that if they fail, they roll back any updating that was done before the failure, but there is an off-chance that the roll back did not occur.

     

    2)    A critical system file was modified In Memory - What this means is the file itself (on the hard drive) is un-modified, but the code, from that file, running in the system, was modified in some way and is caused by a running program that is incompatible with Vista.

     

      Because there is No Mismatched files listed under the "File Scan Data-->" line of your Diagnostic Report, we know that your issue is an In Memory Mod-Auth and therefore caused by an incompatible program. This means there is a program install and Running that is trying to access parts of the OS that Vista does not allow, which by definition, means it is incompatible with Vista.

     

      In addition to why a Mod-Auth occurs, it's also important to understand how Vista detects a Mod-Auth event. There is a Service that runs in Vista that detects a Tamper to a Critical System file. But this Service runs randomly, so if you were to install an incompatible program and run it, Vista (most likely) would not immediately enter a Mod-Auth  State and it could take some time for the Mod-Auth to be detected. The important point to note is that the moment Vista detects the Mod-Auth, you know that the program that is causing the Mod-Auth, is currently running.

     

       Below I have provided a number of steps to help you identify the program that is causing the tamper:

      First off, the fact that your Windows Updates isn't working concerns me. There is Malware, currently out there, that is know to disable Windows Update (so you can't get updates for Windows Defender or get critical updates to plug security holes)  You may want to see if your Vista has any Restore Points (directions below) some Malware will try to delete all of Vista's restore points so if you don't see any, it's a good indicator that you may have a malware infection and it is very common for malware to cause the kind of issue you are experiencing. 
      

    To see if your Vista has any Restore Points:

    1)    Reboot Vista into Safe Mode

    2)    Go to Control Panel

    3)    On the left hand side of the Control Panel window, Click on "Classic View"

    4)    Double-click "Backup and Restore Center"

    5)    On the left hand side of the window, click "Repair Windows using system restore"

    6)    Select "Choose Different Restore Point", Put a check in the box that says "Show restore points older than 5 days",

      Next go to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/931699/ and confirm that you do not have any of the programs known to cause this type of issue.

      Second, in your Diagnostic report above, you can see the line that starts with 'TTS Error:' followed by a bunch numbers: M:xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx- This is the Tamper Time Stamp and it breaks down like this:

        (year)  (month) (day) (time in 24format) (millisecond)
    M:2009        03        27             1925                   11122-


    Now that you know the time of the tamper, you can now try to connect that time with a program.

    1)    Login to Vista and select the option that launches an Internet Browser

    2)    Type into the browser address bar: %windir%\system32\perfmon.msc and hit Enter

    3)    When asked if you want to Open or Save this file, select Open

    4)     In the left hand panel, click Reliability Monitor

    5)    Click on the “System Stability Chart” above the date 03/27 

    6)    Below the chart, in the “System Stability Report” section look at the report titled "Software (Un)Installs for 03/27/2009 "

    7)    Look for any program that shows "Application Install" in the 'Activity' column.

    8)    Since the process that detects Tampers runs randomly, it can take up to 3 days for the process to detect the tamper and set Vista to a Tamper State. Because of this, please repeat steps 5) thru 7) for the dates 03/26/2009, 03/25/2009 and 03/24/2009  (or around the date the issue first occurred)

      This could tell you what programs were installed on or around the Tamper date and should help you narrow down the possible programs that could be causing the issue. Unfortunately, if you installed the program at some time in the past, but didn’t run it till now, this process may not be helpful.  The removal of any application you may have installed recently could go a long way to troubleshooting this issues.

     

    Note: Since everyone has different programs installed on their computer, it is extremely hard for support to figure out what program is causing the problem, but if you still need assistance in identifying the Incompatible Program, please create a no cost support request at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52029

    Also Note: it has been found that Malware, such as Viruses and Trojans, can also be incompatible with Vista and can cause an In Memory Mod-Auth. A few users (that were experiencing your same issue) have confirmed that a Malware infection was the cause. If you follow the above steps and cannot find a program that is causing the Mod-Auth, you may want to investigate if a Virus, Worm or Trojan may be to blame. You can contact PC Safety, which is a Microsoft group, that provides free assistance with Malware infections. I encourage you to use the ‘Windows Live Safety Scan for Windows Vista’ (http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/center/whatsnew.htm) before contacting PC Safety.

    PC Safety:

    1-866-PCSafety or 1-866-727-2338

    http://www.microsoft.com/protect/support/default.mspx

    http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/center/whatsnew.htm

    Thank you,
    Darin MS


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