|Well, I had an issue that I fixed partially. After installing the OS again, the system booted up and immediately demanded that the copy of Windows must be activated before I could log on. Nothing was working to fix this. I found the answer at the following link: http://ask-leo.com/why_cant_i_activ... |
As I did not have the disk with the drivers for the computer, the network adapter was not working. I put the drivers onto a disk and installed them while in Safe Mode. Once they were installed, the activation process completed without incident.
Then something odd happened, the activation demand showed up again. So I rebooted the computer thinking that it needed to clear it. Once rebooted, the activation message reappeared. When I followed it through, the whole process became necessary to be redone. I called the US number, then gave them the new installation ID and they in turn gave me the installation ID that they created. Once installed, it again said that it was activated. Any yet, when I tried to enter into the owner account, I got the same activation message.
Microsoft pointed me to a solution for activation at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/312... As I was following the path described, I was stopped at a missing registry subkey. The path was My Computer, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, Software, Microsoft, Windows NT, Current Version, Winlogon, Notify. The missing key is RESETS in the Notify folder.
That stopped me cold. I do not know what to do and Microsoft bounced me around like a rubber ball for over an hour on the phone, only to try to extort money from me to assist me. I know that there is an answer to this problem out there.