A few days ago my old system died, so I moved the hard drive into a new system (one and then another, actually, as I was trying to piece together the best system from old spare parts). Of course, it says I need to reactivate Windows (no surprise there). However, when the 'you need to activate' window comes up (every few hours) and I click the link, it just goes back to the desktop without activating. When I go to the System section in the control panel (Properties on 'This PC'), there is an 'Activate Windows' link there. When I click it, the window starts to shrink as if it's going to open another window, but then just goes back to the same window. There is a purple 'PC Settings' application now showing in the taskbar. When I click that, the transition animation appears with a purple screen with a white gear on it briefly spreading out from the center of the screen, but then just disappears again, going back to the desktop. I can right-click and close the 'PC Settings' application, but that's about it.
In the past when I've had to reactivate other systems (several times), I'm at least able to get to the activation window, even if I have to choose the telephone activation to get it to work (done that before too). I can't even get to the page to select between online and telephone activation.
Has anyone else experienced this and been able to get things back working again, or does anyone have any ideas how to get it back up without calling Microsoft Tech Support (that's the second-to-last resort, of course).
FYI: Yes, it's a legit Windows 8 license purchased at a reputable internet retailer, and it's been working for about a year, and I haven't reactivated this license before. My internet connection is working fine (I'm typing this on the affected system). slmgr/dli tells me 'Name' is 'Windows(R), Professional edition', 'Description' is 'Windows(R) Operating System, RETAIL channel', 'Partial Product Key' is '2KBCY', 'License Status' is 'Notification' and 'Notification Reason' is '0xC004F00F'.
Please note that the 'Windows Store' application and all Metro applications also exhibit the same behavior. In my case, that's not terrible, but I'm researching how to fix this as well and will post back here if I find a solution.
wsreset.exe as well as
sfc /scannow to no avail.
The 'Modern UI App Troubleshooter' fails to repair the problem and reports (after some digging), the following issues:
Checking for HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings (A;;KR;;;AC)(A;OICIID;KR;;;AC) is not the correct setting. Resetting to (A;;KR;;;AC) Reset result: FAIL Checking for HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\MuiCache (A;OICI;KR;;;AC)(A;OICIID;KR;;;AC) is not the correct setting. Resetting to (A;OICI;KR;;;AC) Reset result: FAIL Checking for HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software (A;;KR;;;AC)(A;OICIID;KR;;;AC) is not the correct setting. Resetting to (A;;KR;;;AC) Reset result: FAIL Checking for HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft (A;;KR;;;AC)(A;OICIID;KR;;;AC) is not the correct setting. Resetting to (A;;KR;;;AC) Reset result: FAIL Checking for HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows (A;OICI;KR;;;AC)(A;OICIID;KR;;;AC) is not the correct setting. Resetting to (A;OICI;KR;;;AC) Reset result: FAIL