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Activating XP after repair install )using slipstreamed SP3 disk)

I was having the issue with Windows XP Media Center Edition. Installing SP2 over SP3 was not the problem for me, though I thought it was at the beginning. I had to change out a motherboard, and then had to reinstall windows. I was unable to enter safe mode or normal mode without the Activation popup, and then after clicking yes to activate, it would show my wallpaper and do nothing else. Have been searching for a few days for an answer with no luck. Found alot of information on wpa.dbl licence and registry fixes and people saying that it was due to having an OEM copy of XP. None of these were the case for me.


Download Internet Explorer 8 and Hotfix KB946501, burn them to disc

Hotfix KB946501 (only if you didn't use sp3 installation CD)
Internet Explorer 8

Start your PC and repeatedly hit F8 to get the safe mode menu.

Choose safe mode with command prompt only (if you are unable to enter safe mode otherwise)

When the command prompt appears type "explorer"

Should load the Windows GUI behind the cmd window

Install the KB946501 hotfix from your disc (may not need if you're not multicore)

Install IE8

Reboot normally in to Windows, you should be able to activate as usual.

Apparently the activation Window is dependant upon IE.


If this doesn't work: Why not just give yourself 30 more days of Activation

From Safe Mode or Safe Mode Command Prompt
In the command line enter the following command:

rundll32.exe syssetup,SetupOobeBnk

If it doesn't work (although has for me every time) you may need to register two files first:

regsvr32 regwizc.dll
regsvr32 licdll.dll
Then enter the rundll32.exe syssetup,SetupOobeBnk again

Restart, and you have now 30 days to activate online or over the net or just run it again in 30 days (120days max)


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