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XP repair not working

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February 9, 2012 7:39:01 AM

I have a dual boot machine, originally XP, but added partition for Windows 7 (which I had immense problems getting installed - but that another story :D  ). However got sorted and was able to restart into both Windows 7 and XP with no problems. Powered off for the night.

When I powered on and started XP, it got to a state where I had a mouse pointer and a desktop background (picture of a lighthouse, fyi) and nothing else. So I decided to do a repair of the XP system. Which I did. But when I start up the 'repaired' system, after having entered the product ID, and log on I get a dialog asking do I want to activate it. Well, Yes i do. So it continues to start - and I end up with mouse pointer and background image and nothing else. CTL-ALT-DEL doesn't do anything. After several attempts the only thing that changed was now I got the Windows is not activated message. :??: 

I can start XP into safe mode and I get the icons and it appears to operate as normal - except still not activated. I can't use Safe mode with Networks because when I say Yes to the Do you want to activate windows dialogue, I says I can't (activate windows in safe mode) - why the hell they ask me if I can't whatever I reply, beats me :heink:  (minor detail).

What I need is to get windows XP started as normal so I can activate it :fou: 

You be happy to know that my Windows 7 still seems to be hanging in there :D 

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a c 353 $ Windows 7
February 9, 2012 2:28:59 PM

Try to do a full clean setup of XP, not a repair. Seems like you have corrupt file(s) somewhere that the repair did not take care of.
February 9, 2012 3:09:10 PM

hang-the-9 said:
Try to do a full clean setup of XP, not a repair. Seems like you have corrupt file(s) somewhere that the repair did not take care of.


Yeah :pfff: 

Not what I want to do - all those apps to reinstall/replace - but edging closer to biting the bullet :(  .

The reason why I'm interested in keeping XP is that I've got this Windows 7 setup that I'm not convinced will survive and I might need a second platform to work from. Getting a new external drive to save system images on (have to wait until it turns up), then will detemine whether to just move to Windows 7 completely.

In meantime will try another repair to see if that works properly this time
February 12, 2012 6:22:35 AM

Thanks for your help guys

Decided to go all Windows 7 and dump the XP :) 

Will keep it around for a while so's I can grab stuff from it - and if required I can still use it in safe mode
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