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  • Got a message yesterday, after the Windows Genuine Advantage Notification update (KB905474) that my copy of Windows needs to be activated. The update failed.  I have had this computer for over 3 years.    There is not an option under system tools to activate windows.   Here is my WGA diagnostic:

    WGA Diagnostic Data (1.5.0530.2):
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    Genuine Validation Status: Not Activated
    Windows Product Key: *****-*****-BRVBB-38MQ9-3PMFT
    Windows Product Key Hash: 2V2VyxlfhiaCt/JkDzYQfiNOHMA=
    Windows Product ID: 55277-OEM-2111907-00106
    Windows Product ID Type: 2
    Windows License Type: OEM SLP
    Windows OS version: 5.1.2600.2.00010300.2.0.hom
    Download Center code: Q6X3CWB
    ID: 1fe984d6-c255-4646-994d-a639b539e687
    Is Admin: Yes
    AutoDial: No
    Registry: 0x0
    WGA Version: Registered, 1.5.530.0.
    Signature Type: Microsoft.
    Validation Diagnostic:

    Scan: Complete
    Cryptography: Complete

    Office Status: 109
    Office Diagnostics:

    Proxy settings: N/A
    User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Win32)
    Default Browser: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
    Download signed ActiveX controls: Prompt
    Download unsigned ActiveX controls: Prompt
    Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins: Allowed
    Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe: Prompt
    Allow scripting of Internet Explorer Webbrowser control: Disabled
    Active scripting: Allowed
    Script ActiveX controls marked as safe for scripting: Allowed

    File Mismatch: c:\windows\system32\winlogon.exe

    Office Details: <GenuineResults><MachineData><UGUID>1fe984d6-c255-4646-994d-a639b539e687</UGUID><Version>1.5.0530.2</Version><OS>5.1.2600.2.00010300.2.0.hom</OS><PKey>*****-*****-*****-*****-3PMFT</PKey><PID>55277-OEM-2111907-00106</PID><PIDType>2</PIDType><SID>S-1-5-21-2648440185-1569342236-980580913</SID><SYSTEM><Manufacturer>VIA Technologies, Inc.</Manufacturer><Model>KM266-8235</Model></SYSTEM><BIOS><Manufacturer>Phoenix Technologies, LTD</Manufacturer><Version>AM37316</Version><SMBIOSVersion major="2" minor="3"/><Date>20030625000000.000000+000</Date><SLPBIOS>HP PAVILION</SLPBIOS></BIOS><HWID>C8CA36E70184205B</HWID><UserLCID>0409</UserLCID><SystemLCID>0409</SystemLCID><TimeZone>Central Standard Time(GMT-06:00)</TimeZone></MachineData>   <Software><Office><Result>109</Result><Products/></Office></Software></GenuineResults> 
    How do I fix this????

    Wednesday, June 7, 2006 12:15 PM

Answers

  • 00gase:

    If the shortcut to "Activate Windows" is missing, you can try this to get to the same point:

    1. Click the Start menu
    2. Click "Run..."
    3. Enter "%windir%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a"
    4. This will bring up a window titled "Activate Windows"
    5. Follow the steps it provides.

    This should let you activate Windows, which will cause the notifications to immediately cease. If you have any troubles, let us know.

    Tom Jackson

    Wednesday, June 7, 2006 5:57 PM

All replies

  • Try the following:

    1. Reboot your computer into "Safe Mode".

    2. Go to Start > Run and type: %systemroot%\system32  then press the Enter key.

    3. Locate these two files: wpa.dbl and wpa.bak

    4. Rename the wpa.dbl file to wpaold.dbl and wpa.bak to wpaold.bak

    5. Reboot your computer into Normal mode.

    This will force activation on the following boot, but should remove the message that you are already activated message. Sometimes if these files get corrupted, they can cause this type of problem.

    Wednesday, June 7, 2006 4:52 PM
    Moderator
  • 00gase:

    If the shortcut to "Activate Windows" is missing, you can try this to get to the same point:

    1. Click the Start menu
    2. Click "Run..."
    3. Enter "%windir%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a"
    4. This will bring up a window titled "Activate Windows"
    5. Follow the steps it provides.

    This should let you activate Windows, which will cause the notifications to immediately cease. If you have any troubles, let us know.

    Tom Jackson

    Wednesday, June 7, 2006 5:57 PM