strange XP Re-activation message on PC

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April 25, 2010 at 09:25:29
Specs: Windows XP
pc working fine wed.booted up normally to desktop thur., with 2 msg. can't remember exact msg for first one, but said "dcom service not working/connecting properly, needs to restart". restarted normally again to desktop, second msg said " since windows was first activated on pc, the hardware on pc has changed significantly.due to these changes,windows must be reactivated, do you want to reactivate now? clicked yes. opened firefox,could not surf net. could not open ie,mbam, mcafee virus/firewall, or even sys restore. windows installer not working either.i installed the EXACT same intel motherboard 2months ago with no problems.booted right to desktop like old board did before it went bad. didn't have to reformat. no problems since.no other new hardware.opened network connections to view, box was blank. none showing.right clicked network card in device mgr. to check properties, would not open. same for any service i clicked on.led lights are working on back of pc. ran "ping 127.0.0.1 test", no packets were lost.ran superantispyware, it was clean. i run anti-malware/anti-rootkit apps often, but nothing bad comes up.i have geswall too, tried to open it but msg said it expired, needs updating. checked, no new version out.updated windows on monday, no problems.the custom made pc has no xp cd.i have one with mine. is there anything i can run from command prompt to check/repair? if i have to boot from xp cd, what should i do step by step in order to check/repair with it. i want to avoid a re-install if necessary. never done that before.pc is 4-5 yrs old. no clue as to what to do. THANX for your time/help anyone.

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#1
April 25, 2010 at 12:28:34
Sorry, sadly it is time to learn. Can't say why.

Follow the MS page on how to repair an install . It will leave your computer back to level of xp disk. All apps will have data left on but will require re-install.

If you can boot it at all even in safe mode you might try a system restore point.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#2
April 26, 2010 at 14:14:15
thanx for the reply. i posted on another forum first on saturday. a woman replied( with the same problem) with a link on the same forum as to what it could be. i'm going to try the solution tues.turns out that mcafee virus sig update on wed nite, caused an important file to be mistakenly deleted. the problems on my relative's pc started on the following morn., so that has to be what caused the problems since it was running fine the day before.a link was posted to mcafee's website with a file to download in order to hopefully correct it. hopefully this will resolve it. thanx again for the reply.

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#3
April 26, 2010 at 15:13:17
Dump McAfee, get something that works....Properly. (Avoid Norton Too.)

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#4
April 26, 2010 at 17:59:09
i know its not the best around, but i've gotten it free for 3 yrs in a row for her pc. i have something different. most of the big names are so bloated its ridiculous.

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#5
April 26, 2010 at 20:02:11
Many here speak highly of free utilities such as AVG, AVAST, and probably others. I personally use Webroot Antivirus with SpySweeper and have been happy with it for a number of years now, but it is not a free one (though they offer a great deal for 3 or 5 computers).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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