Original Title: Activation freeze
I had to completely re-install Windows XP Professional. I reformatted my hard disk and re-installed without a single error, but when the install started Windows a dialog came up saying it must be activated. I clicked OK, but hours have passed where I see the disk light showing some activity. My personal desktop screen pic shows but no icons come up and it is just frozen in that state. I assume that something is going on, but for so long? Shouldn't I just have gotten one of those screens with the phone number to call if it couldn't find a connection? I'm about ready to do the whole thing all over again, but I don't see that I'll get any different result. I can't boot in safe mode because it tells me I have to boot in regular mode and activate. WTF?
Thank you for posting in the Microsoft Community.
As I understand that you are unable to login to the computer since windows is not activated.
I would suggest you to refer the steps from the following Microsoft article and check if it helps.
How to activate Windows XP: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307890
How to find a phone number for a Microsoft Product Activation Center: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950929/
How and when to contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/295539
Please post the results and let us know if you need further assistance to fix the issue and we will be happy to help you further.
Boot into "Safe Mode with Command prompt".
At the run command prompt type the following EXACTLY
*NOTE: The "Oo"'s in Oobe are "oh's" - not "zero's" There is one space after rundll32.exe.
Hit the Enter key
Reboot the PC into normal mode
Hopefully, you'll now be able to log in and run an MGADiag report, and have time to sort the problem out.
To properly analyse and solve problems with Activation and Validation, we need to see a full copy of the report produced by the MGADiag tool
(download and save to desktop - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012 )
Once saved, run the tool.
Click on the Continue button, which will produce the report.
To copy the report to your response, click on the Copy button in the tool (ignore any error messages at this point), and then paste (using either r-click/Paste, or Ctrl+V ) into your response.
- **in your own thread**, please
Please also state the Version and Edition of Windows quoted on your COA sticker (if you have one) on the case of your machine (or inside the battery compartment), but do NOT quote the Key on the sticker!