I have a problem someone may be able to help me with. Its a bit long winded so I'll start with the end problem and work back.
In a nut shell when I log on to xp I get a message saying "windows needs to be activated by microsoft".When it asks "do you want to activate now" i click yes, I'm then told that windows is already activated and am told to click ok. When I do this I'm logged off.
The problems started when I bought an ex display packard bell laptop. Every time i logged on I'd get this notepad screen coming up. I eventually managed to get rid of it but removed the boot sequence in the process (stupid I know but what can I say).I wasn't supplied with any recovery disc when i bought it so a friend loaned me his Operaing System cd. I tried the repair option on bootup but it didnt work so i ende up reinstalling XP, this worked but i'd get a message saying windows needs to be verified in x amount of days. I ignored the message until the time period expired then it insisted on me going through the verification process. I tried this process using my laptop product key and it wouldn't work. I did a bit of a search and found a way of disabling by using "safe mode" and then changing a system32 file.
This has only resulted in giving me the problem as discribed in the second paragraph.
Would really appreciate some advice.