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Windows Not Activated

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by NozzaC, Apr 24, 2010.

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  1. NozzaC

    NozzaC Thread Starter

    Aug 28, 2009
    I'm helping a friend with a Dell PC running OEM XP SP2

    He had some problems and did a repair install using the correct Dell SP2 disk which came with the PC. This appeared to complete but on the final reboot it hung at the black Windows logo screen with the "Please wait..." message. A manual reboot booted into Windows but it crashes soon after with a c000021 error.

    It boots into Safe Mode and runs fine however there is a Windows Genuine logo during boot claiming "This copy of Windows is not activated". Using msconfig to kills some non-Windows services (I've narrowed it down to 4 possibles so far) I can have it boot to a stable desktop in normal mode but the same activation message occurs.

    I cannot see any way of activating it. There is nothing is System Tools or on the start menu and oobe/msoobe /a does not nothing. It looks for all the world to be activated.

    Any ideas?
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