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Fresh install of XP requires activation before desktop starts RRS feed

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  • A client PC hard drive failed today so I reinstalled the OEM version of XP Pro SP2 that the machine came with on an older spare hard drive. The installation went fine until the first time the desktop tried to load and I get a message that XP has to be activated before the desktop will start. Since I can't access the desktop to install the network card driver for a web activation, I choose the phone activation option but no installation ID number is displayed. (I called the phone activation number and went through the nightmare voice system then got transferred to an agent who "couldn't support installation problems" then transferred me to the installation support area who said that I had a valid OEM product ID and then transferred me back to an activation agent but the call "didn't connect" and hung up on me.) So, I've been through three from-scratch installations on two different hard drives and get the same activation error with the valid OEM Product ID key. No other hardware has been changed. Two of the three installs were done with full formats. Any ideas??
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 5:31 AM

Answers

  • Hello G24C

    Since your question does not specifically have to do with the WGA program it is off-topic to this forum.

    However, based on what you wrote, I can tell you that this is not expected behavior for a genuine Windows XP installation CD.  It sounds like the CD you have may have some built-in cracks that are supposed to circumvent activation but these cracks don't seem to be working right.

    If this is a name-brand major manufacturer computer, your best option is to contact the manufacturer and purchase Recovery/Reinstallation CDs/DVDs.

    If this is a "clone" computer and the Certificate of Authenticity (CoA) has "OEM Product" or "OEM Software" printed under the Windows Product Name, then this is a systembuilder/OEM/small manufacturer license that uses a genuine hologrammed Microsoft installation CD for the Product Name on the CoA.  Look in the "Media replacement for users of system builders' computers" section of this MS KB article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326246 to order a new CD.
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Wednesday, April 22, 2009 4:16 PM
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 3:55 PM

All replies

  • Hello G24C

    Since your question does not specifically have to do with the WGA program it is off-topic to this forum.

    However, based on what you wrote, I can tell you that this is not expected behavior for a genuine Windows XP installation CD.  It sounds like the CD you have may have some built-in cracks that are supposed to circumvent activation but these cracks don't seem to be working right.

    If this is a name-brand major manufacturer computer, your best option is to contact the manufacturer and purchase Recovery/Reinstallation CDs/DVDs.

    If this is a "clone" computer and the Certificate of Authenticity (CoA) has "OEM Product" or "OEM Software" printed under the Windows Product Name, then this is a systembuilder/OEM/small manufacturer license that uses a genuine hologrammed Microsoft installation CD for the Product Name on the CoA.  Look in the "Media replacement for users of system builders' computers" section of this MS KB article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326246 to order a new CD.
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 3:55 PM
  • Hello G24C

    Since your question does not specifically have to do with the WGA program it is off-topic to this forum.

    However, based on what you wrote, I can tell you that this is not expected behavior for a genuine Windows XP installation CD.  It sounds like the CD you have may have some built-in cracks that are supposed to circumvent activation but these cracks don't seem to be working right.

    If this is a name-brand major manufacturer computer, your best option is to contact the manufacturer and purchase Recovery/Reinstallation CDs/DVDs.

    If this is a "clone" computer and the Certificate of Authenticity (CoA) has "OEM Product" or "OEM Software" printed under the Windows Product Name, then this is a systembuilder/OEM/small manufacturer license that uses a genuine hologrammed Microsoft installation CD for the Product Name on the CoA.  Look in the "Media replacement for users of system builders' computers" section of this MS KB article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326246 to order a new CD.
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Wednesday, April 22, 2009 4:16 PM
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 3:55 PM