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Activation wizard hangs/ won't load

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  • Windows XP
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August 23, 2010 2:15:03 AM

OK, first off I am NOT asking for help to hack my system or do anything shady. I am installing the same copy of Windows XP that was originally on this computer when it was new (AKA, all legit, genuine product key, etc), and I'm trying to log on for the first time. Of course I get the popup message saying Windows must be activated before I can log on, and would I like to do that now?; My problem is that when I say yes the activation wizard doesn't do anything! It loads a blue screen with the keys in the background, but nothing comes up after that--- no text, nothing at all, just a blank blue screen. Of course, if I say "no" to activating windows now, then I get returned to the user logon screen.

I've tried booting in safe mode w/ command prompt, but it tells me that Windows cannot be activated while in Safe mode. I also tried looking through the registry for activation-related entries, but couldn't find any (at least none that were obvious to me . . . I'm not keen on digging around through there without knowing exactly what I'm doing). I thought maybe there'd be a key in there, or that I could create, indicating that it has been activated?

Basically, I just need to know how to get Windows activated without going through the wizard since the wizard won't work. Everything I find on Google is about how to change your product key, activate pirated copies of windows, cracks and keygens and other questionable things. I have all the valid pieces, I just can't figure out how to make them all go together o_O

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August 23, 2010 6:25:16 AM

lotus1922 said:
OK, first off I am NOT asking for help to hack my system or do anything shady. I am installing the same copy of Windows XP that was originally on this computer when it was new (AKA, all legit, genuine product key, etc), and I'm trying to log on for the first time. Of course I get the popup message saying Windows must be activated before I can log on, and would I like to do that now?; My problem is that when I say yes the activation wizard doesn't do anything! It loads a blue screen with the keys in the background, but nothing comes up after that--- no text, nothing at all, just a blank blue screen. Of course, if I say "no" to activating windows now, then I get returned to the user logon screen.

I've tried booting in safe mode w/ command prompt, but it tells me that Windows cannot be activated while in Safe mode. I also tried looking through the registry for activation-related entries, but couldn't find any (at least none that were obvious to me . . . I'm not keen on digging around through there without knowing exactly what I'm doing). I thought maybe there'd be a key in there, or that I could create, indicating that it has been activated?

Basically, I just need to know how to get Windows activated without going through the wizard since the wizard won't work. Everything I find on Google is about how to change your product key, activate pirated copies of windows, cracks and keygens and other questionable things. I have all the valid pieces, I just can't figure out how to make them all go together o_O

Thanks!


[#0005ff]I always like to get the really silly question out of the way first. Are you actually connected to the Net when the Activation wizard starts to run? If one of those sites you found tells you how to change settings in the Registry OOBE hives to force the wizard to start, that may be the way to go. [/#000ff]
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August 23, 2010 6:27:37 AM


Change this key in the registry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\RegDone

Make value equal 1.
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August 23, 2010 2:28:01 PM

I tried that and it actually made things worse--- when I said yes to activate now, it says that Windows is already activated, then returns me back to the login screen, and when I log in . . . "Windows is already activated". etc etc

As to other responder, I can't set up my net connection because when I try to boot windows in safe mode w/ networking, it says I have to activate Windows before I can continue :fou: 

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August 23, 2010 4:07:14 PM

All right, apparently installing IE8 somehow fixes this. I can now run the activation wizard, but I still need to figure out how to setup my network connection. At least I have one thing solved!

Thanks for everyone's help, this site is amazing!
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August 23, 2010 4:46:05 PM

lotus1922 said:
All right, apparently installing IE8 somehow fixes this. I can now run the activation wizard, but I still need to figure out how to setup my network connection. At least I have one thing solved!

Thanks for everyone's help, this site is amazing!


[#0005ff]You need to get you ethernet driver sorted, via a flash drive from the computer you're using now. If you can get to Device Manager click its Properties then Details. Collect the four characters after VEN and after DEV and input that infomation into the relevant boxes at http://www.pcidatabase.com. That should link you to a manufacturer's driver. Once installed, you should be online. For a few pounds/dollars, a cheap USB wireless dongle might be quicker.
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August 23, 2010 8:00:07 PM

Got it! Everything is going as it should now.
Thanks so much for your help y'all--- some of these things I would have never figured out, left to my own devices O_O
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August 24, 2010 5:21:16 AM

lotus1922 said:
Got it! Everything is going as it should now.
Thanks so much for your help y'all--- some of these things I would have never figured out, left to my own devices O_O


So, who gets the "Best Answer" award? :love: 
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August 24, 2010 6:16:00 AM

tigsounds said:
So, who gets the "Best Answer" award? :love: 


[#0005ff]You can have it, Tig - it's no use to me. I should already have three badges for best answers here and in both networking boards but because I'm in Europe, only two show up and one of those is Spy and the other Uniformed. Frankly I'd prefer to be known for the advice I give more than the posts I report.[/#000ff]
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August 24, 2010 6:26:03 AM

I'm not in love with the things either myself. I just notice how rare it is that anybody gets simple recognition from the multitude of things that get fixed/sorted out here. People are much like Halloween trick or treaters, they get what they want and not heard from again, even to say that their problems were fixed or we messed up their system or anything. Oh well...




edit: Credit to lotus1922, we were told that system is up and running now. :) 
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September 3, 2010 3:32:14 AM

Best answer selected by lotus1922.
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December 27, 2012 5:21:08 PM

I am having the same problem, but do not know how to either install IE8 or edit the registry without windows. How may I do this?
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December 27, 2012 6:19:02 PM

Thanks, but I get the message that windows can't activate in safe mode, so I'm not able to do this.
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December 27, 2012 6:29:09 PM

I wonder if the problem is that SP3 was installed on the PC but my install disk XP with SP2?
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December 27, 2012 6:37:43 PM

What's happening when you try to boot into Normal Mode?
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December 27, 2012 6:39:07 PM

it says I have to activate windows now and then hangs.
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December 27, 2012 8:03:27 PM

is there anything I can add to an autoexec.bat file to solve this on boot up?

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December 27, 2012 9:39:45 PM

Finally caved and did fresh install all good now
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November 8, 2013 12:36:09 PM

Every time I turn on my laptop it keep pop up tell me to do the window product activation. And when I choose either yes or no it pop up my user name and it tell me if I want to log on press on my user name. When I press on my user name it goes back to the window activation.whatever I choose it keep goes back and forth Betwin the window activation and my user name,it won't go return to homepage. How can I fix it?
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September 13, 2014 5:57:27 AM

Check this link <http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/236441-45-windows-act...; I recently upgraded my development box, which runs VMWare Workstation. I have a bunch of zipped up development systems. (VS6 - VS 2013). I have an MSDN subscription, so I'm allowed multiple activations per key for dev systems. VMWare exposes the underlying hardware to the VM, so as I've restarted the VMs on the new host they have
all had to be reactivated. Some of them did it immediately. But just now I had one XP based VM that repeatedly hung after I clicked "Yes" in the reactivate dialog. The nth time (when n approaches an arbitrary large, prime integer) I left the VM running and started googling about the place. I was reading this post, when the VM suddenly came to life, and I was able to activate it. It seemed like nearly 15 minutes had passed.

As an aside, all machines seem to slow down as they boot. Try installing Adobe Creative Suite. Then there's the browser, the Java update service, the antivirus software, Windoze Update, ... As soon as the system boots all of this crap wakes up and starts phoning home.
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