windows xp pro for refurbished pcs activation

June 23, 2011 at 08:12:13
Specs: Windows XP

I have been using this refurbished PC offline for about 2 years and now it is asking for windows activation. I put it online and said yes, but all I get it a blank screen. Nothing I have tried gets me past the blank screen

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June 23, 2011 at 08:52:12

Not even Ctrl-Alt-Delete?

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Dell Dimension 8300
Intel Pentium 4 HT @ 3.20 GHz
Nvidia Geforce FX5200

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June 23, 2011 at 09:41:00

no, the only way out of the blank screen is power off. I can get it into safe mode, but you can't run activation from there. I can try command line. Don't know the command - or at least what I have tried has not been recognized. thanks

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June 23, 2011 at 10:03:02

The XP 30-day activation countdown begins as soon as XP is installed, so you should have encountered the activation screen almost 2 yrs ago. Assuming it was legally activated at one time, making hardware changes can trigger the need to re-activate again. Have you made any changes?

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June 23, 2011 at 10:05:41

If it won't work in safe mode then command line won't be a lot better. Is it the lack of connectivity that stops activation in safe mode? in which case try 'safe mode with networking'

Another option - try setting the BIOS date back two years (if you can remember the date ;-) ), activate as soon as it boots up & then restart, reverting to the correct date - no idea if it will work but worth a try.

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June 23, 2011 at 11:02:34

I activated the software when I first got the PC - and downloaded all the available patches. I have no idea why it is now being a pain in the butt. The system date is a good thought, I'll give that a try. Thanks

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June 23, 2011 at 11:58:41

I quess its worth a shot:


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June 30, 2011 at 09:46:58

finally resinstalled windows - could not get past the activation screen to do anything else. all is well now, thanks for the suggestions.

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