I am working on a friends laptop running on XP sp3, i dont know what they have done but basicly they cannot boot into windows by any means!
After selecting the User profile just before windows logon it comes up with the following message:
"This copy of windows must be activated with Microsoft before you can continue. You cannot log on until you activate Windows. Because activation cannot occur in safe mode, please restart our computer in normal mode to activate Windows"
I have tried every single option in the F8 boot mode but I always this message come up and i cannot get past it.
Now I have the original XP installation CD and product code, however I dont want to reinstall it as my friend has very important files on the HD that he has not backed up....
Any way around this guys??
Your help is much appreciated....
Edited by theShade, 13 July 2009 - 03:49 PM.