Had to re-install WinXP Pro SP1 over WinXP SP2.
Initially I used a copy of WinXP Pro w/SP1 & used the repair option. Now whenever I restart the machine, it states that "This copy of windows must be activated with Microsoft before you can log on. Do you want to activate Windows now?".
I click on OK & go through the routine of activating over the internet or calling and entering the code received over the phone, both with & without registering with Microsoft, and it closes with "You have successfully activated you copy of Windows.".
Then I re-start, or shut down & turn it back on and the same sequence recurs.
I have even slipstreamed SP2 into my SP1 copy & re-installed using the repair option. Same result.
Does anyone know how can I get out of this loop without having to wipe out my Windows directory with all of my saved settings & installed programs?
Windows stores the activation information in two files in the c:\windows\system32 folder: Wpa.dbl and Wpa.bak. If those files are locked, or permissions are incorrect, Windows may not be able to save its activation information.
You might also want to check the following registry keys:
(change Activation Required value to zero)
(change RegDone value to 1)
Boot into safe mode, click Start→Run and type regedit then check these values.
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