Have to activate every freakin' time I reboot? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I've never had this happen before in my life, so let me explain. I have Windows XP MCE 2005, Dell factory install with the CD key on tower. I can provide photos of both if needed. Anyhow, everytime I reboot now (After upgrading some hardware) it says I need to activate. When I attempt to, I get this error


    "Unable to establish a connection with the activation server. Please check your network settings and confirm that you are able to connect to the internet, and try again. Message Number: 32777"


    Now, I'm not sure why this keeps happening. At this point, WGA keeps telling me that my CD key is invalid (Yet I've changed it from the dell factory default, which I was told would be bad). Someone wanna explain this to me?

    Tuesday, August 22, 2006 8:10 PM


  • Try the following:

    1. Reboot your computer into "Safe Mode".

    A description of the Safe Mode Boot options in Windows XP

    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. Sometimes if those files get corrupted, they can cause this type of problem.

    If the above procedure does not solve the problem, then try: 

    Guided Help to remove the script that interferes with Windows activation: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/312295/en-us  

    Tuesday, August 22, 2006 8:18 PM