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    Angry XP Product Activation???

    Hi - 2003 with XP SP2 - several of our PCs have just started coming up with errors about "Windows Product Activation" - saying that there is an error which is preventing windows fron checking the license for this computer.

    These are all built (via Ghost) using VLKs - which I thought didn't require activation, and have been running OK for a while - the actual Ghost build is from last September sometime.

    After this error has shown up once, the machine just goes into a reboot loop, and you can't get in at all as Admin or in safe mode.

    A complete rebuild seems to fix it (for the moment).

    Anybody got any ideas??

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    Have you ever visited Windows Update manually on these machines?

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    Wouldn't have thought so - why?

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    Wouldn't have thought so - why?
    Well visiting Windows Update will download Windows Genuine Advantage. Windows doesn't download it itself and I presume you're using WSUS to control/distribute updates to your domain?

    Gibbo might be right also. There might be a problem with your original image, but if most machines are working fine, then I would of thought your image should be fine!

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    OK - no we don't allow people to update manually - and no we don't WSUS either - we update through a series of build through the year - so we know things aren't going to "break". Doesn't look like a HD prob either - as we've had 4 PCs in one corridor go today - which I think looks like some wierd activation thing - specially as I think its about 2 months since their last rebuild...Still looking...

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    I have heard people have had problems like this before with ghost. When do you get the error when you logon?

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    i had a similar issue a while ago, i managed to add a vlk changing script to our startups which worked a treat. Obvisouly i could get into windows though, which seems to be the biggie for you.

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    We get similar problems here; from time to time some machines display the Windows Genuine Logo reporting the machines aren't validated. Most of the time a couple of reboots clears this problem and on rare occasions a rebuild is necessary. We also use ghost but have just moved to WDS and only rebuilt a handful of machines so far with WDS so cannot report if the source of the problem is ghost. It's a strange one but not serious enough so far for me to investigate why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsnetman View Post
    We get similar problems here; from time to time some machines display the Windows Genuine Logo reporting the machines aren't validated. Most of the time a couple of reboots clears this problem and on rare occasions a rebuild is necessary. We also use ghost but have just moved to WDS and only rebuilt a handful of machines so far with WDS so cannot report if the source of the problem is ghost. It's a strange one but not serious enough so far for me to investigate why.
    This might be handy for the future

    Reset Windows Genuine Advantage Validation - EduGeek.net Wiki

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