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Windows product activation preventing windows to start properly
by: Revengsky Joseph D. Reyes – a.k.a rjdreyes

I encountered an issue regarding on Windows XP while logging on to the system.

“Windows product activation”
“A problems is preventing windows from accurately checking the license for this computer. ”

All I can see is the windows background and I cannot go any further without hitting the OK button. Then it logs me out to Log on Screen then I have again to click the user/administrator to log on to the Windows Desktop.

There was an error code prompt in the screen like :
“The application failed to initialize properly (0xc000001d)”

and before the log on to the Windows Desktop
“Error Code: 0x80004005”

As I research this issue, it seems that I’m not alone, there tons of error code out there. But in my case, I able to sort out what causing the issue and resolve the problem at hand.

Here’s the guide/tips to diagnose the Windows product activation issue:

SOLUTION 1. My first encounter before was, when I let the Windows do the system updates. In my guess there are other software intervene or conflict in the process. Downloading/upgrading to higher Service Pack solves the issue. Regarding the Windows XP Service Packs click here.

SOLUTION 2. Other situation when the system got broke due to incorrect shutdown or within a sudden shutdown of the computer. A sudden shutdown like power loose or brownout without proper shutdown on the computer can cause damage to the files especially to system of the operating system in due process.

The solution I got from Microsoft Support works well. By using Windows XP Installation CD, click here and follow the instructions.

SOLUTION 3.  Other situation I encountered is regarding on the bad cluster / bad sector on the Hard disk drive.
After I managed to log on to the Windows Desktop, I launch the command prompt (Start – Run – type: cmd), then from there, I used the chkdsk /f/r to check the hard disk drive condition. It may take a while depends on the hard disk drive status and condition, and also the capacity of it.

It will ask to restart your computer then the chkdsk runs, and I saw a lot of errors including bad clusters and files within the system of Windows. It did fix the errors and I normally log on to the Windows Desktop successfully without the Windows Product Activation Error Code.

However, upon checking the hard disk drive condition, it seems that the source of the issue is in the bad clusters or rather bad sectors on the drive. I immediately backup the important files and data, and replaced with a new Hard disk drive.

Feel free to comment here if you found one interesting to share or your own experience.
That’s all! I hope this guide and tips helps you out! Cheers! 😀

(Note: Microsoft(Windows XP) Logo/Images/Pictures has a respective copyright. I used it for demonstration purpose only.)

Related Entries / Links / Sources / Articles / Sources:
Windows XP Service Pack SP1, SP2, SP3 Lists
Error Code: 0x80004005 – error message – Microsoft Support Official Site

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