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  • Have just ran a repair using my XP Home disk and all went as planned until the end.  I am now faced with the original 4 account user names and when I click on any one a warning box appears saying that I can go no further without activating windows, do I want to activate windows now?  I click on YES and the desktop of that account flashes up for a few seconds, then the 'logof' box appears and I am returned to the account user page.  I can not get past this.  Can anyone offer any help other than reformat and fresh install?

    many thanks in anticipation
    Tuesday, April 29, 2008 6:14 PM

Answers

  • beldin42,

     

    Please read this hotfix article as this may be another reason why you are having activation issues:

     

    Repeatedly Prompted to Complete Activation for Windows XP Media Center Edition After You Enter Product Key:

     

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/811632

     

    Lori MS

    Thursday, May 1, 2008 9:24 PM

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    Windows XP Logs You Off When You Try to Activate the Product

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/330136/en-us

    Tuesday, April 29, 2008 10:56 PM
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  • Hi and thanks for the prompt reply.  However, the problem is still there.  I am presented with the list of user accounts and when I agree to the Activation request, windows xp simply logs me out and I am back at the user accounts.  Any other suggestions desperately appreciated


    Wednesday, April 30, 2008 10:07 AM
  • beldin42,

     

     

    Some users, when they try to bring up the Product Activation window, the window either doesn't come up, comes up but displays a Fault Error,  comes up but the window is blank or they can't get to a point to bring up the window due to the Looping bug. 

     

    If you are experiencing any of these issues, please see this post for a possible fix for your issue: http://forums.microsoft.com/Genuine/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=1322791&SiteID=25

     If you are receiving the error "...the number of times you can activate Windows with this product key has been exceeded" while trying to Activation over the Internet, please see the below information: 

     

                You are permitted to reinstall and activate XP as many times as you want to, as long as your use of XP maintains compliance with the End User Licensing Agreement (EULA).  After a certain number of activations within a certain time period, automatic online activation will be suspended (This will also happen the first time you re-install and activate some OEM versions of Windows XP), which will require that you do a Telephone Activation. To do so, rerun the Activate Windows Wizard and select "Activate my product using the telephone".  Follow the phone prompts.

     

    If the automated telephone activation is not accepted, you will be offered the option to speak with a live activation representative.  Choose that option.  The rep will ask a few questions for the purpose of confirming that you are still using your license for XP in accordance with the EULA.  If this is confirmed, the rep will issue an activation code for you to enter into the Activation Wizard.

     

    Restart the computer and contact the Microsoft Activation Center to re-activate Windows should there be problems should you need assistance. Activation and registration of a Microsoft product is located @:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326851/en-us . 

    The Office Activation Center can be reached at (888) 652-2342 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM Pacific Time”

     

    I hope this has helped!

     

    Lori MS

    Wednesday, April 30, 2008 6:54 PM
  • I had a problem with windows and used my XP Home SP2 disk to repair my installation.  Everything seemed to go well.  However, when I arrived the start screen which lists the four user accounts on my machine, and tried to enter an account, I got the message that Windows Needs to be Activated before I could use it.  No problem, I clicked on 'yes' to agree and it simply flashed up the desktop image for that account and then the 'Windows is logging off' screen appeared and sent me back to the main screen with the four user accounts again.  All four are administrator accounts, and the same thing happens with each.  I have since tried again to repair windows, and again it goes through the process aparently fine, right up until it requests Activation.  I get no error messages, just refusal.  It does indeed appear that my machine may be in a loop.  I can gain access to the computer in safe mode, but if I try and enter under safe mode with networking, then it's back to square one.   What little sanity I have left is dwindling rapidly.

    If there is any help available I need it now.....badly.   Thanks again for all previous offers of help.

    beldin42
    Thursday, May 1, 2008 2:55 PM
  • beldin42,

     

    Thank you for visiting the Microsoft Genuine Advantage Forum.  The purpose of this forum is the support of Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) program.  Your question is off topic as well as outside my area of knowledge. I would like to provide some information which may help.

     

    Please go to this website for Activation and registration of a Microsoft Product. It should have the contact information

    for Windows/Office activation via telphone. 

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326851/en-us

     

    There is also another website, Description of Microsoft Product Activation:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302806/en-us

     

    Lori MS

    Thursday, May 1, 2008 7:11 PM
  • beldin42,

     

    Please read this hotfix article as this may be another reason why you are having activation issues:

     

    Repeatedly Prompted to Complete Activation for Windows XP Media Center Edition After You Enter Product Key:

     

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/811632

     

    Lori MS

    Thursday, May 1, 2008 9:24 PM