I have just re-installed Windows XP Pro (SP2) on a computer using the OEM key stuck to the bottom of the PC. The installation went without incident but the first time I tried to log into Windows, I was informed that I needed to activate Windows first, no 30 days grace period was given.
As I had not yet loaded the network drivers in I opted for telephone activation, again this went with out incident and I was given the validation numbers and entered them into the dialogue box. After doing this I pressed OK, It said thank you and infomed me that my copy of Windows as now activated. Clicking OK sent me back to the Windows Welcome screen.
Now when I click the user name to log into windows, an message informs me that I need to activate windows before I can log in. Pressing NO sends me back to the welcome screen. Pressing YES re-opens the Activation screen, where I am informed that I have already registered. The only option from here is an OK button, that send me back to the welcome screen, to start the whole process again.
Has any one experienced this? and if so how to I rectify it?
Things that may be important to know.
I have tried re-installing Windows, with the same result
I can log into Safe Mode
The windows CD I used was Windows Pro SP2, but may not be the same one that came with the computer (I have a stack of 30 or so of them)
The windows key code, does not specify SP2 on it (it just says Windows XP Pro OEM), but the code I entered was excepted by the installer.