Why does Windows XP reboot and only let me enter in Safe Mode although the activation was completed?

Randy Baya August 18, 2012
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So I used an ultimate boot disk to wipe my laptop and its viruses. I re-installed Windows XP and activated it.

Now, each time I start, it is says I have to activate it now, logs in, says activation already completed and reboots back to where I choose the profile to log in. I can only enter the laptop in Safe Mode, no networking. I really have no clue what is going on. Help please!

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  1. ReĆ½ Aetar
    August 21, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    type msconfig in run
    then click the boot tab from there disable the safe mode option
    and see if it works in the next boot

  2. GrrGrrr
    August 18, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    useful links with solution:
    Why can't I activate Windows XP?
    http://ask-leo.com/why_cant_i_activate_windows_xp.html
    This copy of Windows must be activated before you can log on
    http://www.briteccomputers.co.uk/forum/tutorials-and-how-to/this-copy-of-windows-must-be-activated-before-you-can-log-on

  3. ha14
    August 18, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    1. Click Start, Go to run and Type msconfig and launch it
    2. in boot options if the /SAFEBOOT box has been checked uncheck it then click ok

    perhaps some servies, process are to be blamed, try to Clean Boot
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310353
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/316434

  4. GrrGrrr
    August 18, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    You could select Safe Mode with Networking, and try to confirm activation.
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315222
    Are you trying to login as an Administrator or any other user?
    Useful read below
    http://ask-leo.com/why_cant_i_activate_windows_xp.html
    And below:
    http://www.briteccomputers.co.uk/forum/tutorials-and-how-to/this-copy-of-windows-must-be-activated-before-you-can-log-on