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Old 03-12-2006, 09:00 AM   #1
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i can no longer login to windows xp on my old pc. says i must activate windows to login and when i do that it wont activate as it cannot find an internet connection. i do not want to phone up microsoft but was wondering if there is any way at all i can backup the data on my hdd to re install. this all happejned when i put the hdd onto another pc so obiously it didnt like all the hardware changes. please help. i would like to keep the data on the hdd.please help!
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Default Re: xp login problem!!!!

how long ago did you install the windows on it?
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Old 03-12-2006, 09:16 AM   #3
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Default Re: xp login problem!!!!

you obviously must have an illegal copy of windows. did u use an installation disc that you already installed on another system? it gives you 30 days to use it before you have to activate it, and your 30 days is up.
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Default Re: xp login problem!!!!

well either you reinstall windows with a legit copy or you stick that hard drive into another computer and backup all the data.....
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Old 03-12-2006, 09:40 AM   #5
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it is legit! installed a few months back. was working fine. just put the hdd in another pc, then back in the origional one and the problem started. there was a reasoning for all the hdd swapping btw. so is there no hope for the data? if not ill swiftly install xp again and hope it works as i dont want to phone up microsoft even though its legit
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Old 03-12-2006, 09:43 AM   #6
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you can still get into Windows if you start in safe mode, to do this hold F8 when the computer is booting windows. Use safe mode to back up your data and then reinstall
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Old 03-12-2006, 09:44 AM   #7
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i tried. still asks to activate it. i tried putting the hdd back into the other pc but now it wont get detected bu the bios. ill have to try and do that again otherwise its screwed
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you could always download an activation crack, as your version of Windows is legal then I don't see any legal problems with using one of those. Have you tried booting into safemode with comand prompt?
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Old 03-12-2006, 09:49 AM   #9
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nope. on the other pc safe mode is starting up but its a really old pc and cant seem to get usb drive working on it and it has no cd copier so not sure as how im going to save the data
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Old 03-12-2006, 09:52 AM   #10
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i have an idea. can i get the activation crack put on the pc where the hdd works?
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That could work i suppose, for the USB problem try looking in he BiOS. I'm not sure I would want to try an activation crack from antother PC with XP though... if you've got a 98 pc or something to try it on i would give it a go
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Old 03-12-2006, 10:00 AM   #12
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im in safe mode. i can get to all the documents. its a 10 yr old pc with a old mouse which doesnt work on xp for some reason and cannot get my usb stick working yet. i could get the crack on cd and try that but i remember trying the crack before then whenever the pc started up it would say "starting up" with the xp box then reset its self. think i got it working once
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I've used PCs with a cracked version of XP before with no problems, which Service Pack is installed?
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i have no mouse at the moment so had to use the pc. service pack 1 is now on it as i did a repair install to try and fix it. used to be sp2
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I think your best bet might be to back up as much as possible on the old pc and reinstall Windows, how big is the HDD on the old PC and what system is installed on it?
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Do you have a knoppix CD?
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ok let me explain a bit more. i have xp on both the old hdds. ones beyond repair which i will sort later and another is 9.3gb which has my data on. i will backup data and try a crack first and if that fails ill re install. just had to re boot computer after it installed the usb drive etc so hope it works now

i dont have that cd
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If the hdd is only 9.3 gigs then the rest of the PC can't be that amazing... I would recommend installing an older version of windows, that would get rid of the activation problems too... If you still can't get the USB key working then try booting off a knoppix or MandrakeMove CD, i think the MandrakeMove one can read NTFS too.
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Old 03-12-2006, 10:25 AM   #19
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usb is working now. will try and backup data then install a crack. i only have 98, me and 2000 disks which were downloaded off the net. they all install fine exept they dont want to boot from the bios and the floppy drive i have doesnt want to work either although i t might work in safe mode in the pc where im backing up the data. i am going to try to make a boot disk from there and will get back to you guys
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For the floppy drive, make sure it is set up in the BIOS and that the cable is in the right way, what system is installed on the old pc?
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