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Resolve XP Activation Loop

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Boot into "Safe Mode with command prompt". To do this, turn the computer or laptop on and press F8 repeatedly as it is booting up. Go into "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" by choosing the correct "Safe Mode" option.

Once you are at the black command prompt window in "Safe Mode", type the following EXACTLY

rundll32.exe syssetup,SetupOobeBnk

*NOTE: The "Oo"'s in Oobe are letter "oh's" - not "zero's" There is one space after rundll32.exe. It is case sensitive as far as I know.

Press Enter

Wait a few seconds - the screen may blip a few times or so.

This just reset Windows Activation for 30 days.

Press Ctrl-Alt_Del, and once task manager appears, restart windows.

Click on Start and then Run.

In the text box in the Run window, type regedit and click OK. This will open the Registry Editor program.

Locate the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE folder under My Computer and click on the (+) sign next the folder name to expand the folder.

Continue to expand folders until you reach the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\Current Version\WPAEvents registry key.

Click on the WPAEvents folder.

In the results that appear in the window on the right, locate OOBETimer.

Right-click on the OOBETimer entry and choose Modify from the resulting menu.

Change at least one digit in the Value data text box and click OK. This will deactivate Windows XP.

Feel free to close Registry Editor at this point.

Click on Start and then Run.

In the text box in the Run window, type the following command and click OK.

%systemroot%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a

When the Let's activate Windows window appears, choose Activate over the internet.

Type your new, valid Windows XP product key in the New key: text boxes and then click the Update button.

Reboot the PC into normal mode - log in - It should be all good!
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