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ReActivation after Update on Pro

By kinneym_98_98_98 ·
Ok heres my problem, For some reason after rejecting SP2 and taking their comprimising updates that force restart. My Windows Professional tells me that I must activate my product. I've already done this so why did the update screw this up? I don't want to have to update all my computers is there a way that I can cheat this out or find a fix for why its asking me to activate again?

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by willcomp In reply to ReActivation after Update ...

I believe that this is an isolated incident. Have not seen similar behavior with updates for PCs with legit copies of XP. SP1 would refuse to install on PCs with XP Pro Corporate using known pirated keys.

Try another PC and see what happens. If you get same results, then we can try to figure out cause.

Dalton

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by kinneym_98_98_98 In reply to

I can assure you the Code is not pirated as I got it directly from Microsoft themselves...unless they screwed me over....but then that would be fraudulant and microsoft doesn't do that

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by statykserver In reply to ReActivation after Update ...

The only way I know to get around reactivating a system that has already been activated is to start windows in safe mode, move to the \windows\system32 folder, rename wpa.dbl to wpa.wtf, rename wpa.bak to wpa.dbl and reboot your system.
Keep a backup of your wpa.dbl file and after installing sp2 restore your backup of the wpa.dbl file if you have the same problem on the other computers.

That should do the trick.

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by statykserver In reply to

wpa = windows product activation
dbl = database list? who knows

Check here for more info on this
http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1558,1151566,00.asp

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by kinneym_98_98_98 In reply to

Nope didn't work...Changing to the Back up file didn't work...which makes me wonder what the heck is going on...

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by kinneym_98_98_98 In reply to ReActivation after Update ...

interesting as it is....it only affects one user account, which is very unlikely...is it possible to be a bug in the windows activation process?

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by kinneym_98_98_98 In reply to ReActivation after Update ...

scratch that thought...it appears it affects more than one account I now know of 2 accounts that I know are affected

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by statykserver In reply to ReActivation after Update ...

Strange since that is the file that determines the activation status. Sounds like you might end up having to reactivate windows afterall. Well Good Luck

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by RCOM In reply to ReActivation after Update ...

I agree with answer 1. This happens is with corporate edition. Or if you've activated on more thn one system using one product key the same will happen.

This is what I mean. You install XP on one computer. Then you do the same on another which invokes the reactivate. You call MS with an excuse that gets the code to complete the install. Now you have 2 systems working with XP. That's fine until you go for updates. On the first system the activation process is restarted because its different from the last time windows was activated.

I don't see what's the problem. So all of the computers have the same problem? How many computers are we talking and why is it so hard to reactivate them? Why don't you just call MS they sold you the product right?

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by willcomp In reply to ReActivation after Update ...

one other question. Have you tried activating over internet? It is usually quick and painless. If a call to MS is required, that can be a pain, altough they're usually fairly quick and helpful.

Used to be that everytime I did a repair install a call to MS was required. Now they activate over internet without problems. Ditto for clean reinstalls due to HDD failure.

Still can't figure why an update is requiring activation.

Dalton

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