I had Windows XP Pro OEM installed on my machine. The disk was failing so I cloned it to a new disk (larger one).
Now Windows said that the hardware has changed significantly and I need to re-activate, and I would gladly do so (got the product number on a sticker on the machine) - only that for running the activation process I need to be logged-in, but when I try to login it just automatically logs me out again.
I know my credentials are OK because I can connect to the machine remotely and also use sysinternals tools such as PsExec or PSList etc. on it from a remote machine by specifying user and password.
Login via safemode does not work any differently then in normal mode...
I tried to run
rundll32.exe syssetup,SetupOobeBnk (as suggested in several places on the net) using PsExec but it did not seem to help...
Is there any way out of this evil circle? [ can't log in because not activated - can't activate because not logged in ]