03 February 2012


You've just turned back on your computer and suddenly you can't get into the desktop. It gets stuck in the Windows log-on screen. And what's pretty surprising about it, the activation screen comes up and would ask you to activate again your Windows XP.

What you would normally do is to activate the product hoping you could log-on back to the desktop. Unfortunately in most cases, the activation will not work. And in some other cases, when you activate the product, it would tell you that it is already activated but does the same anoying thing after a restart.

Here's the fix that I've tested in quite a few Windows XP system. This works on either Windows XP Home or Professional. Just follow the steps in order:

  1. Start your computer in safe mode (use plain safe mode).
  2. Login using an administrator user account. If you could login to the hidden Administrator account, then use that.
  3. Go to Windows Start menu and open RUN. Or you can press on your keyboard the Windows key and letter R.
  4. Type CMD in the run textbox and click on OK. This will open the command prompt window.
  5. Type these commands and press enter. Then click OK on each prompts :

    regsvr32 regwizc.dll
    regsvr32 licdll.dll

  6. Type this last command (type exactly as what you see here):

    rundll32.exe syssetup,SetupOobeBnk

  7. Wait for a couple of minutes because the last command will not show anything on the screen. However, it will reset the licensing components in the background.

You may now restart your computer and you can log-on back to your normal Windows desktop screen.

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  2. I hope this works. I'm at my wits end lol

  3. Hi earlb. Let us know if it work for you.

  4. worked perfect thank you very much

  5. Unfortunately it doesn't work for me.. any other suggestions..

    1. Try double check the command you typed. It has to be exactly how it was written. You can also try describe here what exactly is going on with your computer. Sometimes, xp activation issues comes in different form with different set of solution.

    2. many thanks for this fix.
      i was going around in circles.
      the dll error has been fixed.
      PC up and running as per normal

    3. We're glad to hear that.

  6. hi :d x-) 8-) $-) :p :>) :-d

  7. works perfectly -thanks!

  8. It works beautifully

  9. Works Great just fixed my computer after we forgot to activate
    before the 30 days was up

  10. it didnt work. i get the same error everytime.

  11. Thank you very much, works great for me after two days of bad results...and wrong advices...
    Thank's again

  12. MAKE IT.
    MANY THANX !!!

  13. I used it many time before this but it doesn't work this time.

  14. It Worked!!! Great Job Brother, please tell me how can we fix this error for good because it returns after few days again!! :(

  15. Thanks for this... It worked perfectly ur the men ^_^

  16. hello dear , i have the same problem.
    but i need some help , when i use safe mode, my safe mode is appear activation to?

    what should i do?


  17. very nice beautiful :) thnx a lot (o)

  18. Will this wipe the computer or is it safe to do on a computer that has stuff we're hoping to hang on to? (Unfortunately this happened on my grandma's computer and she doesn't have any of her pictures backed up anywhere.)

  19. Thanks. Any idea why this happens?