Windows Thread, XP Product Activation??? in Technical; Hi - 2003 with XP SP2 - several of our PCs have just started coming up with errors about "Windows ...
16th June 2008, 12:05 PM #1
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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16th June 2008, 12:25 PM #2
Have you ever visited Windows Update manually on these machines?
16th June 2008, 01:55 PM #3
Wouldn't have thought so - why?
16th June 2008, 03:24 PM #4
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?
Wouldn't have thought so - why?
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!
16th June 2008, 04:30 PM #5
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...
16th June 2008, 06:42 PM #6
I have heard people have had problems like this before with ghost. When do you get the error when you logon?
16th June 2008, 07:08 PM #7
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.
17th June 2008, 06:20 AM #8
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.
17th June 2008, 07:52 AM #9
This might be handy for the future
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