How to Activate Windows for Corrupted XP Installation

Sometimes you will face problems with your Windows XP installation. You may not be able to Activate your copy of windows when you install a fresh copy of Windows XP. The reason for this problem are: Either your Registry has been damaged or modified, your files have gotten damaged during the Windows installation, or some files may be missing. Follow these steps to rectify your problem:

1. Restart your computer, press  [F8], select the Windows Advanced Options menu, and choose “Enable VGA Mode”. Try and complete the WPA process now. If you cannot start the WPA Wizard, continue to the next step.


2. Open the Device Manager by running “devmgmt.msc”. Right-click on your video adapter, and click Disable. Restart he computer, which will now start using the Standard VGA video driver. Try and start the WPA Wizard; if it doesn’t, continue to the next step.


3. Open the Registry Editor and locate the following key and its associated values:

Key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.htmValues: “PerceivedType”=”text”; (Default) = “MozillaHTML”;
“Content Type”=”image/x-xbitmap”

If the key does not exist, go to the next step. If the key does exist, modify the values as so:
“PerceivedType”=”text” (Default) = “htmlfile” “Content Type”=”text/html”

Restart your computer, and try and start the WPA Wizard. If you can’t, continue to the next step.


4. Reinstall the Oobe.inf file. To do this, run “inf”, and in the Inf folder that opens, right-click oobe.inf and click Install.

Insert the XP CD when prompted. Manually register the Jscript.dll and Vbscript.dll files. To do this, at a command prompt, type in the following, pressing  [Enter] after each command:

regsvr32 jscript.dll
regsvr32 vbscript.dll

Try launching the Wizard now; it should run correctly. Now you won’t have any problem with activation wizard of your Windows.

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February 4, 2009 by: Prasanth Chandra


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