asked to activate, unable to get to activation screen



Les Caudle
07-10-2005, 12:38 AM
I have an XP SP2 box that is not part of a domain.

The computer had 2 users (an admin and a non-admin).

The user that auto-logged in when booting up was the non-admin.

The period expired where the box needed to be registered.

Booted up the box, dialog said needed to have administrator activate.

Hit ok, and it kept giving the exact same dialog box about getting an
administrator to activate XP.

No way to get a log-on dialog. No way to activate . No way to reboot or
shutdown.

This was a test box. Normally, it would have been activated before the period
expired.

But, what concerns me is that if XP decides it needs to re-activate due to some
perceived new hardware (I've stuck with Win2000 up to this point). The box
could get into the same situation. Unable to activate, unable to shutdown, in
un-ending activation purgatory.

How can this be resolved?
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Thanks in advance, Les Caudle

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07-10-2005, 12:38 AM
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"Les Caudle" wrote:

| I have an XP SP2 box that is not part of a domain.
|
| The computer had 2 users (an admin and a non-admin).
|
| The user that auto-logged in when booting up was the non-admin.
|
| The period expired where the box needed to be registered.
|
| Booted up the box, dialog said needed to have administrator activate.
|
| Hit ok, and it kept giving the exact same dialog box about getting an
| administrator to activate XP.
|
| No way to get a log-on dialog. No way to activate . No way to reboot or
| shutdown.
|
| This was a test box. Normally, it would have been activated before the period
| expired.
|
| But, what concerns me is that if XP decides it needs to re-activate due to some
| perceived new hardware (I've stuck with Win2000 up to this point). The box
| could get into the same situation. Unable to activate, unable to shutdown, in
| un-ending activation purgatory.
|
| How can this be resolved?
| --
| Thanks in advance, Les Caudle

Anando [MS-MVP]
07-10-2005, 12:38 AM
Hi,

Power down the box and restart it. After the bootup logo, keep the SHIFT key depressed and this will
bypass the autologon. You will get the login dialog and where you can login as a admin.

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"Les Caudle" <very@tiredofspam.com> wrote in message
news:2nnu8159lmu1an3tum0o7sf6m1amvd0nas@4ax.com...
>I have an XP SP2 box that is not part of a domain.
>
> The computer had 2 users (an admin and a non-admin).
>
> The user that auto-logged in when booting up was the non-admin.
>
> The period expired where the box needed to be registered.
>
> Booted up the box, dialog said needed to have administrator activate.
>
> Hit ok, and it kept giving the exact same dialog box about getting an
> administrator to activate XP.
>
> No way to get a log-on dialog. No way to activate . No way to reboot or
> shutdown.
>
> This was a test box. Normally, it would have been activated before the period
> expired.
>
> But, what concerns me is that if XP decides it needs to re-activate due to some
> perceived new hardware (I've stuck with Win2000 up to this point). The box
> could get into the same situation. Unable to activate, unable to shutdown, in
> un-ending activation purgatory.
>
> How can this be resolved?
> --
> Thanks in advance, Les Caudle

kurttrail
07-10-2005, 12:38 AM
Les Caudle wrote:
> I have an XP SP2 box that is not part of a domain.
>
> The computer had 2 users (an admin and a non-admin).
>
> The user that auto-logged in when booting up was the non-admin.
>
> The period expired where the box needed to be registered.
>
> Booted up the box, dialog said needed to have administrator activate.
>
> Hit ok, and it kept giving the exact same dialog box about getting an
> administrator to activate XP.
>
> No way to get a log-on dialog. No way to activate . No way to
> reboot or shutdown.
>
> This was a test box. Normally, it would have been activated before
> the period expired.
>
> But, what concerns me is that if XP decides it needs to re-activate
> due to some perceived new hardware (I've stuck with Win2000 up to
> this point). The box could get into the same situation. Unable to
> activate, unable to shutdown, in un-ending activation purgatory.
>
> How can this be resolved?

Boot into safe mode, log on as THE Administrator. Activate from there.
And if that doesn't work, write back before trying the two piss poor
answers from the MS-MVPs. There may be other option other than repair
install.

And what the hell are you talking about unable to shutdown? If you have
to, pull the effin' plug on it!

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Les Caudle
07-10-2005, 12:39 AM
Anando - that's the answer I was looking for, except:

The 'power down' part could be a problem.

Possible to loose data by hitting the reset button.

Hopefully MS, after generously giving us the activation 'feature', has some
other way to get out of this situation without powering it down?

Thanks, Les Caudle

On Sat, 21 May 2005 13:36:37 -0300, "Anando [MS-MVP]" <anando@mvps.org> wrote:

>Hi,
>
>Power down the box and restart it. After the bootup logo, keep the SHIFT key depressed and this will
>bypass the autologon. You will get the login dialog and where you can login as a admin.


asked to activate, unable to get to activation screen