I installed XP with SP2 about a month ago with no difficulties on my system! on my first startup, i activated windows, and everything was working fine... untill now! When i start my comp, it boots into windows and at the login screen i am presented with an error: "you need to activate windows... click yes to activate" so as it says, i click 'yes'.
This is the odd part... i am then presented with the activation screen (blue with a set of keys) and it says, "you have already activated your version of windows, click ok to continue". I click 'ok', and it logs back out into the login screen. if i try and login, exactly the same happens... (you need to activate windows...!!!)
I have tried getting a resonable explanation from microsoft, but they have told me that i will need to re-install windows. This solution will not suffice! it is something i cannot afford to do, as all of my data on the disk will be lost!
Has anyone got any suggestion as to what i can do? is there a solution for this (software or otherwise) so that i can get into windows, and then backup my data so i can do a re-install of windows?
Thanks for any help!