XP Home Activation

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Have just upgraded my computer, all new bits. Reinstalled XP Home and was
asked to activate. Going through the activation wizard, it tells me Windows
XP is already activated. Click OK, it goes away but then next time I restart
I am again told I have x number of days to activate. I keep going through the
activation wizard and it keeps telling me it is already activated but then
keeps asking me to activate again. I'm going round and round and now have
only 1 day left apparently. Any clues?
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Hi,

    Try: http://rickrogers.org/fixes.htm#activation

    --
    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
    www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

    "Hazyc" <Hazyc@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:DACE3DB0-3638-41BF-8696-5FF2DF607172@microsoft.com...
    > Have just upgraded my computer, all new bits. Reinstalled XP Home and was
    > asked to activate. Going through the activation wizard, it tells me
    > Windows
    > XP is already activated. Click OK, it goes away but then next time I
    > restart
    > I am again told I have x number of days to activate. I keep going through
    > the
    > activation wizard and it keeps telling me it is already activated but then
    > keeps asking me to activate again. I'm going round and round and now have
    > only 1 day left apparently. Any clues?
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Rick, thanks for the advise. Just before trying this, I got a message saying
    my grace period for activation had expired. So I tried your first solution,
    got messages saying both were successful. Restarted and my computer is now
    caught in a loop - I get the welcome screen, click to log on, get a message
    saying Windows XP is not activated, do I want to activate now, click Yes, get
    the Windows Product Activation screen which says Windows is already
    activated, click OK and get back to the Welcome screen and the whole thing
    starts again. Stuck now, any other suggestions please?

    Thanks,
    Hazel

    "Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:

    > Hi,
    >
    > Try: http://rickrogers.org/fixes.htm#activation
    >
    > --
    > Best of Luck,
    >
    > Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    > http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    > Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
    > www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    > Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    >
    > "Hazyc" <Hazyc@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:DACE3DB0-3638-41BF-8696-5FF2DF607172@microsoft.com...
    > > Have just upgraded my computer, all new bits. Reinstalled XP Home and was
    > > asked to activate. Going through the activation wizard, it tells me
    > > Windows
    > > XP is already activated. Click OK, it goes away but then next time I
    > > restart
    > > I am again told I have x number of days to activate. I keep going through
    > > the
    > > activation wizard and it keeps telling me it is already activated but then
    > > keeps asking me to activate again. I'm going round and round and now have
    > > only 1 day left apparently. Any clues?
    >
    >
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Hi Hazel,

    Boot to Safe mode. How to start in Safe mode:
    http://www.rickrogers.org/fixes.htm#Safe%20mode

    Then remove the keys from the registry as described in the previous link.
    Restart normally.

    --
    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
    www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

    "Hazyc" <Hazyc@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:1B61E46C-C4A9-4B06-9B25-190DBFDF095D@microsoft.com...
    > Rick, thanks for the advise. Just before trying this, I got a message
    > saying
    > my grace period for activation had expired. So I tried your first
    > solution,
    > got messages saying both were successful. Restarted and my computer is now
    > caught in a loop - I get the welcome screen, click to log on, get a
    > message
    > saying Windows XP is not activated, do I want to activate now, click Yes,
    > get
    > the Windows Product Activation screen which says Windows is already
    > activated, click OK and get back to the Welcome screen and the whole thing
    > starts again. Stuck now, any other suggestions please?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Hazel
    >
    > "Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:
    >
    >> Hi,
    >>
    >> Try: http://rickrogers.org/fixes.htm#activation
    >>
    >> --
    >> Best of Luck,
    >>
    >> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    >> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    >> Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
    >> www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    >> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    >>
    >> "Hazyc" <Hazyc@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:DACE3DB0-3638-41BF-8696-5FF2DF607172@microsoft.com...
    >> > Have just upgraded my computer, all new bits. Reinstalled XP Home and
    >> > was
    >> > asked to activate. Going through the activation wizard, it tells me
    >> > Windows
    >> > XP is already activated. Click OK, it goes away but then next time I
    >> > restart
    >> > I am again told I have x number of days to activate. I keep going
    >> > through
    >> > the
    >> > activation wizard and it keeps telling me it is already activated but
    >> > then
    >> > keeps asking me to activate again. I'm going round and round and now
    >> > have
    >> > only 1 day left apparently. Any clues?
    >>
    >>
    >>
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Hi Rick,
    Thanks for replying so quickly. Sorry, should have said in my last message,
    I tried this but in HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft, there is no
    "Cryptography" and in HKEY_USERS, there is no "S-1-5-20" so couldn't do
    either. In case it is of help, I am running Windows XP Home will all updates
    apart from Service Pack 2 which I found more trouble than it was worth. I am
    currently using another computer to pick up and leave messages here.

    Thanks,
    Hazel

    "Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:

    > Hi Hazel,
    >
    > Boot to Safe mode. How to start in Safe mode:
    > http://www.rickrogers.org/fixes.htm#Safe%20mode
    >
    > Then remove the keys from the registry as described in the previous link.
    > Restart normally.
    >
    > --
    > Best of Luck,
    >
    > Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    > http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    > Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
    > www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    > Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    >
    > "Hazyc" <Hazyc@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:1B61E46C-C4A9-4B06-9B25-190DBFDF095D@microsoft.com...
    > > Rick, thanks for the advise. Just before trying this, I got a message
    > > saying
    > > my grace period for activation had expired. So I tried your first
    > > solution,
    > > got messages saying both were successful. Restarted and my computer is now
    > > caught in a loop - I get the welcome screen, click to log on, get a
    > > message
    > > saying Windows XP is not activated, do I want to activate now, click Yes,
    > > get
    > > the Windows Product Activation screen which says Windows is already
    > > activated, click OK and get back to the Welcome screen and the whole thing
    > > starts again. Stuck now, any other suggestions please?
    > >
    > > Thanks,
    > > Hazel
    > >
    > > "Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:
    > >
    > >> Hi,
    > >>
    > >> Try: http://rickrogers.org/fixes.htm#activation
    > >>
    > >> --
    > >> Best of Luck,
    > >>
    > >> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    > >> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    > >> Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
    > >> www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    > >> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    > >>
    > >> "Hazyc" <Hazyc@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >> news:DACE3DB0-3638-41BF-8696-5FF2DF607172@microsoft.com...
    > >> > Have just upgraded my computer, all new bits. Reinstalled XP Home and
    > >> > was
    > >> > asked to activate. Going through the activation wizard, it tells me
    > >> > Windows
    > >> > XP is already activated. Click OK, it goes away but then next time I
    > >> > restart
    > >> > I am again told I have x number of days to activate. I keep going
    > >> > through
    > >> > the
    > >> > activation wizard and it keeps telling me it is already activated but
    > >> > then
    > >> > keeps asking me to activate again. I'm going round and round and now
    > >> > have
    > >> > only 1 day left apparently. Any clues?
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>
    >
    >
    >
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Hi Hazel,

    Ok, so are you still able to access Safe mode?
    If so, are you able to prompt for activation under start/all
    programs/accessories/system tools?

    --
    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
    www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

    "Hazyc" <Hazyc@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:E65B906D-0BCC-4D73-BBF7-7997E61533B6@microsoft.com...
    > Hi Rick,
    > Thanks for replying so quickly. Sorry, should have said in my last
    > message,
    > I tried this but in HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft, there is no
    > "Cryptography" and in HKEY_USERS, there is no "S-1-5-20" so couldn't do
    > either. In case it is of help, I am running Windows XP Home will all
    > updates
    > apart from Service Pack 2 which I found more trouble than it was worth. I
    > am
    > currently using another computer to pick up and leave messages here.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Hazel
    >
    > "Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:
    >
    >> Hi Hazel,
    >>
    >> Boot to Safe mode. How to start in Safe mode:
    >> http://www.rickrogers.org/fixes.htm#Safe%20mode
    >>
    >> Then remove the keys from the registry as described in the previous link.
    >> Restart normally.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Best of Luck,
    >>
    >> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    >> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    >> Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
    >> www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    >> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    >>
    >> "Hazyc" <Hazyc@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:1B61E46C-C4A9-4B06-9B25-190DBFDF095D@microsoft.com...
    >> > Rick, thanks for the advise. Just before trying this, I got a message
    >> > saying
    >> > my grace period for activation had expired. So I tried your first
    >> > solution,
    >> > got messages saying both were successful. Restarted and my computer is
    >> > now
    >> > caught in a loop - I get the welcome screen, click to log on, get a
    >> > message
    >> > saying Windows XP is not activated, do I want to activate now, click
    >> > Yes,
    >> > get
    >> > the Windows Product Activation screen which says Windows is already
    >> > activated, click OK and get back to the Welcome screen and the whole
    >> > thing
    >> > starts again. Stuck now, any other suggestions please?
    >> >
    >> > Thanks,
    >> > Hazel
    >> >
    >> > "Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:
    >> >
    >> >> Hi,
    >> >>
    >> >> Try: http://rickrogers.org/fixes.htm#activation
    >> >>
    >> >> --
    >> >> Best of Luck,
    >> >>
    >> >> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    >> >> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    >> >> Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
    >> >> www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    >> >> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    >> >>
    >> >> "Hazyc" <Hazyc@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> >> news:DACE3DB0-3638-41BF-8696-5FF2DF607172@microsoft.com...
    >> >> > Have just upgraded my computer, all new bits. Reinstalled XP Home
    >> >> > and
    >> >> > was
    >> >> > asked to activate. Going through the activation wizard, it tells me
    >> >> > Windows
    >> >> > XP is already activated. Click OK, it goes away but then next time I
    >> >> > restart
    >> >> > I am again told I have x number of days to activate. I keep going
    >> >> > through
    >> >> > the
    >> >> > activation wizard and it keeps telling me it is already activated
    >> >> > but
    >> >> > then
    >> >> > keeps asking me to activate again. I'm going round and round and now
    >> >> > have
    >> >> > only 1 day left apparently. Any clues?
    >> >>
    >> >>
    >> >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
  6. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Hi Rick,

    Yes, I can still access Safe mode but under start/all
    programs/accessories/system tools, "Activate Windows" does not appear on my
    computer.

    Thanks,
    Hazel

    "Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:

    > Hi Hazel,
    >
    > Ok, so are you still able to access Safe mode?
    > If so, are you able to prompt for activation under start/all
    > programs/accessories/system tools?
    >
    > --
    > Best of Luck,
    >
    > Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    > http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    > Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
    > www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    > Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    >
    > "Hazyc" <Hazyc@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:E65B906D-0BCC-4D73-BBF7-7997E61533B6@microsoft.com...
    > > Hi Rick,
    > > Thanks for replying so quickly. Sorry, should have said in my last
    > > message,
    > > I tried this but in HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft, there is no
    > > "Cryptography" and in HKEY_USERS, there is no "S-1-5-20" so couldn't do
    > > either. In case it is of help, I am running Windows XP Home will all
    > > updates
    > > apart from Service Pack 2 which I found more trouble than it was worth. I
    > > am
    > > currently using another computer to pick up and leave messages here.
    > >
    > > Thanks,
    > > Hazel
    > >
    > > "Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:
    > >
    > >> Hi Hazel,
    > >>
    > >> Boot to Safe mode. How to start in Safe mode:
    > >> http://www.rickrogers.org/fixes.htm#Safe%20mode
    > >>
    > >> Then remove the keys from the registry as described in the previous link.
    > >> Restart normally.
    > >>
    > >> --
    > >> Best of Luck,
    > >>
    > >> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    > >> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    > >> Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
    > >> www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    > >> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    > >>
    > >> "Hazyc" <Hazyc@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >> news:1B61E46C-C4A9-4B06-9B25-190DBFDF095D@microsoft.com...
    > >> > Rick, thanks for the advise. Just before trying this, I got a message
    > >> > saying
    > >> > my grace period for activation had expired. So I tried your first
    > >> > solution,
    > >> > got messages saying both were successful. Restarted and my computer is
    > >> > now
    > >> > caught in a loop - I get the welcome screen, click to log on, get a
    > >> > message
    > >> > saying Windows XP is not activated, do I want to activate now, click
    > >> > Yes,
    > >> > get
    > >> > the Windows Product Activation screen which says Windows is already
    > >> > activated, click OK and get back to the Welcome screen and the whole
    > >> > thing
    > >> > starts again. Stuck now, any other suggestions please?
    > >> >
    > >> > Thanks,
    > >> > Hazel
    > >> >
    > >> > "Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:
    > >> >
    > >> >> Hi,
    > >> >>
    > >> >> Try: http://rickrogers.org/fixes.htm#activation
    > >> >>
    > >> >> --
    > >> >> Best of Luck,
    > >> >>
    > >> >> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    > >> >> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    > >> >> Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
    > >> >> www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    > >> >> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    > >> >>
    > >> >> "Hazyc" <Hazyc@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >> >> news:DACE3DB0-3638-41BF-8696-5FF2DF607172@microsoft.com...
    > >> >> > Have just upgraded my computer, all new bits. Reinstalled XP Home
    > >> >> > and
    > >> >> > was
    > >> >> > asked to activate. Going through the activation wizard, it tells me
    > >> >> > Windows
    > >> >> > XP is already activated. Click OK, it goes away but then next time I
    > >> >> > restart
    > >> >> > I am again told I have x number of days to activate. I keep going
    > >> >> > through
    > >> >> > the
    > >> >> > activation wizard and it keeps telling me it is already activated
    > >> >> > but
    > >> >> > then
    > >> >> > keeps asking me to activate again. I'm going round and round and now
    > >> >> > have
    > >> >> > only 1 day left apparently. Any clues?
    > >> >>
    > >> >>
    > >> >>
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>
    >
    >
    >
  7. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    In addition to my previous message, I have also just found out that there is
    a command one can put into "Run" to activate Windows but if I try this, I get
    a message saying it is not possible to activate Windows in Safe Mode and I
    need to restart not in Safe Mode and then activate Windows but of course I
    can't do that!

    Hoping you can come up with a miracle,
    Hazel

    "Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:

    > Hi Hazel,
    >
    > Ok, so are you still able to access Safe mode?
    > If so, are you able to prompt for activation under start/all
    > programs/accessories/system tools?
    >
    > --
    > Best of Luck,
    >
    > Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    > http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    > Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
    > www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    > Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    >
    > "Hazyc" <Hazyc@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:E65B906D-0BCC-4D73-BBF7-7997E61533B6@microsoft.com...
    > > Hi Rick,
    > > Thanks for replying so quickly. Sorry, should have said in my last
    > > message,
    > > I tried this but in HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft, there is no
    > > "Cryptography" and in HKEY_USERS, there is no "S-1-5-20" so couldn't do
    > > either. In case it is of help, I am running Windows XP Home will all
    > > updates
    > > apart from Service Pack 2 which I found more trouble than it was worth. I
    > > am
    > > currently using another computer to pick up and leave messages here.
    > >
    > > Thanks,
    > > Hazel
    > >
    > > "Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:
    > >
    > >> Hi Hazel,
    > >>
    > >> Boot to Safe mode. How to start in Safe mode:
    > >> http://www.rickrogers.org/fixes.htm#Safe%20mode
    > >>
    > >> Then remove the keys from the registry as described in the previous link.
    > >> Restart normally.
    > >>
    > >> --
    > >> Best of Luck,
    > >>
    > >> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    > >> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    > >> Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
    > >> www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    > >> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    > >>
    > >> "Hazyc" <Hazyc@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >> news:1B61E46C-C4A9-4B06-9B25-190DBFDF095D@microsoft.com...
    > >> > Rick, thanks for the advise. Just before trying this, I got a message
    > >> > saying
    > >> > my grace period for activation had expired. So I tried your first
    > >> > solution,
    > >> > got messages saying both were successful. Restarted and my computer is
    > >> > now
    > >> > caught in a loop - I get the welcome screen, click to log on, get a
    > >> > message
    > >> > saying Windows XP is not activated, do I want to activate now, click
    > >> > Yes,
    > >> > get
    > >> > the Windows Product Activation screen which says Windows is already
    > >> > activated, click OK and get back to the Welcome screen and the whole
    > >> > thing
    > >> > starts again. Stuck now, any other suggestions please?
    > >> >
    > >> > Thanks,
    > >> > Hazel
    > >> >
    > >> > "Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:
    > >> >
    > >> >> Hi,
    > >> >>
    > >> >> Try: http://rickrogers.org/fixes.htm#activation
    > >> >>
    > >> >> --
    > >> >> Best of Luck,
    > >> >>
    > >> >> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    > >> >> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    > >> >> Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
    > >> >> www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    > >> >> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    > >> >>
    > >> >> "Hazyc" <Hazyc@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >> >> news:DACE3DB0-3638-41BF-8696-5FF2DF607172@microsoft.com...
    > >> >> > Have just upgraded my computer, all new bits. Reinstalled XP Home
    > >> >> > and
    > >> >> > was
    > >> >> > asked to activate. Going through the activation wizard, it tells me
    > >> >> > Windows
    > >> >> > XP is already activated. Click OK, it goes away but then next time I
    > >> >> > restart
    > >> >> > I am again told I have x number of days to activate. I keep going
    > >> >> > through
    > >> >> > the
    > >> >> > activation wizard and it keeps telling me it is already activated
    > >> >> > but
    > >> >> > then
    > >> >> > keeps asking me to activate again. I'm going round and round and now
    > >> >> > have
    > >> >> > only 1 day left apparently. Any clues?
    > >> >>
    > >> >>
    > >> >>
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>
    >
    >
    >
  8. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Hi Hazel,

    We can try extracting new copies of some of the activation files from the XP
    CD in Safe mode. Start/run msconfig, click on "expand file" (general tab)

    File to expand: wpa.dbl
    From: X:\I386
    To: C:\Windows\system32

    Where X is whatever letter is assigned your CD drive (you need your WinXP CD
    for this), change it accordingly. This assumes a default installation to
    C:\Windows. If your installation is in a different folder, such as C:\Winnt,
    change the "To" path accordingly. Repeat this for wpa.bak, then reboot when
    finished.

    --
    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
    www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

    "Hazyc" <Hazyc@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:89C25957-8014-416A-9C53-32EA01B60B4F@microsoft.com...
    > In addition to my previous message, I have also just found out that there
    > is
    > a command one can put into "Run" to activate Windows but if I try this, I
    > get
    > a message saying it is not possible to activate Windows in Safe Mode and I
    > need to restart not in Safe Mode and then activate Windows but of course I
    > can't do that!
    >
    > Hoping you can come up with a miracle,
    > Hazel
    >
    > "Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:
    >
    >> Hi Hazel,
    >>
    >> Ok, so are you still able to access Safe mode?
    >> If so, are you able to prompt for activation under start/all
    >> programs/accessories/system tools?
    >>
    >> --
    >> Best of Luck,
    >>
    >> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    >> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    >> Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
    >> www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    >> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    >>
    >> "Hazyc" <Hazyc@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:E65B906D-0BCC-4D73-BBF7-7997E61533B6@microsoft.com...
    >> > Hi Rick,
    >> > Thanks for replying so quickly. Sorry, should have said in my last
    >> > message,
    >> > I tried this but in HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft, there is
    >> > no
    >> > "Cryptography" and in HKEY_USERS, there is no "S-1-5-20" so couldn't do
    >> > either. In case it is of help, I am running Windows XP Home will all
    >> > updates
    >> > apart from Service Pack 2 which I found more trouble than it was worth.
    >> > I
    >> > am
    >> > currently using another computer to pick up and leave messages here.
    >> >
    >> > Thanks,
    >> > Hazel
    >> >
    >> > "Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:
    >> >
    >> >> Hi Hazel,
    >> >>
    >> >> Boot to Safe mode. How to start in Safe mode:
    >> >> http://www.rickrogers.org/fixes.htm#Safe%20mode
    >> >>
    >> >> Then remove the keys from the registry as described in the previous
    >> >> link.
    >> >> Restart normally.
    >> >>
    >> >> --
    >> >> Best of Luck,
    >> >>
    >> >> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    >> >> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    >> >> Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
    >> >> www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    >> >> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    >> >>
    >> >> "Hazyc" <Hazyc@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> >> news:1B61E46C-C4A9-4B06-9B25-190DBFDF095D@microsoft.com...
    >> >> > Rick, thanks for the advise. Just before trying this, I got a
    >> >> > message
    >> >> > saying
    >> >> > my grace period for activation had expired. So I tried your first
    >> >> > solution,
    >> >> > got messages saying both were successful. Restarted and my computer
    >> >> > is
    >> >> > now
    >> >> > caught in a loop - I get the welcome screen, click to log on, get a
    >> >> > message
    >> >> > saying Windows XP is not activated, do I want to activate now, click
    >> >> > Yes,
    >> >> > get
    >> >> > the Windows Product Activation screen which says Windows is already
    >> >> > activated, click OK and get back to the Welcome screen and the whole
    >> >> > thing
    >> >> > starts again. Stuck now, any other suggestions please?
    >> >> >
    >> >> > Thanks,
    >> >> > Hazel
    >> >> >
    >> >> > "Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:
    >> >> >
    >> >> >> Hi,
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> Try: http://rickrogers.org/fixes.htm#activation
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> --
    >> >> >> Best of Luck,
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    >> >> >> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    >> >> >> Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
    >> >> >> www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    >> >> >> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> "Hazyc" <Hazyc@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> >> >> news:DACE3DB0-3638-41BF-8696-5FF2DF607172@microsoft.com...
    >> >> >> > Have just upgraded my computer, all new bits. Reinstalled XP Home
    >> >> >> > and
    >> >> >> > was
    >> >> >> > asked to activate. Going through the activation wizard, it tells
    >> >> >> > me
    >> >> >> > Windows
    >> >> >> > XP is already activated. Click OK, it goes away but then next
    >> >> >> > time I
    >> >> >> > restart
    >> >> >> > I am again told I have x number of days to activate. I keep going
    >> >> >> > through
    >> >> >> > the
    >> >> >> > activation wizard and it keeps telling me it is already activated
    >> >> >> > but
    >> >> >> > then
    >> >> >> > keeps asking me to activate again. I'm going round and round and
    >> >> >> > now
    >> >> >> > have
    >> >> >> > only 1 day left apparently. Any clues?
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >>
    >> >>
    >> >>
    >> >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
  9. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Hi Rick,

    OK, firstly my Win XP CD does not have a wpa.dbl file in the I386 directory
    and if I just type in wpa.dbl, it says file not found. There is a wpa.db_
    file in the I386 and it will let me expand this but then when I go to the
    System32 directory to which it was expanded, there is nothing there and I
    have checked that hidden files are showing and such like. Also my Win XP CD
    also des not have a wpa.bak file in the I386, the only thing close is
    wpaback.jp_.

    Going quietly mad,
    Hazel


    "Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:

    > Hi Hazel,
    >
    > We can try extracting new copies of some of the activation files from the XP
    > CD in Safe mode. Start/run msconfig, click on "expand file" (general tab)
    >
    > File to expand: wpa.dbl
    > From: X:\I386
    > To: C:\Windows\system32
    >
    > Where X is whatever letter is assigned your CD drive (you need your WinXP CD
    > for this), change it accordingly. This assumes a default installation to
    > C:\Windows. If your installation is in a different folder, such as C:\Winnt,
    > change the "To" path accordingly. Repeat this for wpa.bak, then reboot when
    > finished.
    >
    > --
    > Best of Luck,
    >
    > Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    > http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    > Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
    > www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    > Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    >
    > "Hazyc" <Hazyc@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:89C25957-8014-416A-9C53-32EA01B60B4F@microsoft.com...
    > > In addition to my previous message, I have also just found out that there
    > > is
    > > a command one can put into "Run" to activate Windows but if I try this, I
    > > get
    > > a message saying it is not possible to activate Windows in Safe Mode and I
    > > need to restart not in Safe Mode and then activate Windows but of course I
    > > can't do that!
    > >
    > > Hoping you can come up with a miracle,
    > > Hazel
    > >
    > > "Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:
    > >
    > >> Hi Hazel,
    > >>
    > >> Ok, so are you still able to access Safe mode?
    > >> If so, are you able to prompt for activation under start/all
    > >> programs/accessories/system tools?
    > >>
    > >> --
    > >> Best of Luck,
    > >>
    > >> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    > >> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    > >> Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
    > >> www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    > >> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    > >>
    > >> "Hazyc" <Hazyc@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >> news:E65B906D-0BCC-4D73-BBF7-7997E61533B6@microsoft.com...
    > >> > Hi Rick,
    > >> > Thanks for replying so quickly. Sorry, should have said in my last
    > >> > message,
    > >> > I tried this but in HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft, there is
    > >> > no
    > >> > "Cryptography" and in HKEY_USERS, there is no "S-1-5-20" so couldn't do
    > >> > either. In case it is of help, I am running Windows XP Home will all
    > >> > updates
    > >> > apart from Service Pack 2 which I found more trouble than it was worth.
    > >> > I
    > >> > am
    > >> > currently using another computer to pick up and leave messages here.
    > >> >
    > >> > Thanks,
    > >> > Hazel
    > >> >
    > >> > "Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:
    > >> >
    > >> >> Hi Hazel,
    > >> >>
    > >> >> Boot to Safe mode. How to start in Safe mode:
    > >> >> http://www.rickrogers.org/fixes.htm#Safe%20mode
    > >> >>
    > >> >> Then remove the keys from the registry as described in the previous
    > >> >> link.
    > >> >> Restart normally.
    > >> >>
    > >> >> --
    > >> >> Best of Luck,
    > >> >>
    > >> >> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    > >> >> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    > >> >> Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
    > >> >> www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    > >> >> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    > >> >>
    > >> >> "Hazyc" <Hazyc@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >> >> news:1B61E46C-C4A9-4B06-9B25-190DBFDF095D@microsoft.com...
    > >> >> > Rick, thanks for the advise. Just before trying this, I got a
    > >> >> > message
    > >> >> > saying
    > >> >> > my grace period for activation had expired. So I tried your first
    > >> >> > solution,
    > >> >> > got messages saying both were successful. Restarted and my computer
    > >> >> > is
    > >> >> > now
    > >> >> > caught in a loop - I get the welcome screen, click to log on, get a
    > >> >> > message
    > >> >> > saying Windows XP is not activated, do I want to activate now, click
    > >> >> > Yes,
    > >> >> > get
    > >> >> > the Windows Product Activation screen which says Windows is already
    > >> >> > activated, click OK and get back to the Welcome screen and the whole
    > >> >> > thing
    > >> >> > starts again. Stuck now, any other suggestions please?
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > Thanks,
    > >> >> > Hazel
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > "Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> >> Hi,
    > >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> Try: http://rickrogers.org/fixes.htm#activation
    > >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> --
    > >> >> >> Best of Luck,
    > >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    > >> >> >> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    > >> >> >> Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
    > >> >> >> www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    > >> >> >> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    > >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> "Hazyc" <Hazyc@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >> >> >> news:DACE3DB0-3638-41BF-8696-5FF2DF607172@microsoft.com...
    > >> >> >> > Have just upgraded my computer, all new bits. Reinstalled XP Home
    > >> >> >> > and
    > >> >> >> > was
    > >> >> >> > asked to activate. Going through the activation wizard, it tells
    > >> >> >> > me
    > >> >> >> > Windows
    > >> >> >> > XP is already activated. Click OK, it goes away but then next
    > >> >> >> > time I
    > >> >> >> > restart
    > >> >> >> > I am again told I have x number of days to activate. I keep going
    > >> >> >> > through
    > >> >> >> > the
    > >> >> >> > activation wizard and it keeps telling me it is already activated
    > >> >> >> > but
    > >> >> >> > then
    > >> >> >> > keeps asking me to activate again. I'm going round and round and
    > >> >> >> > now
    > >> >> >> > have
    > >> >> >> > only 1 day left apparently. Any clues?
    > >> >> >>
    > >> >> >>
    > >> >> >>
    > >> >>
    > >> >>
    > >> >>
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>
    >
    >
    >
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