Hosts file blocking Windows activation

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by Chiana, May 23, 2005.

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  1. Chiana

    Chiana Registered Member

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    Hi,

    Sorry if this has been asked before. I have found that the Bluetack hosts file is blocking Windows activation. I realise that I can rename the file temporarily to complete activation, but was just wondering why this site is added to the hosts file - what's MS up to now, if anything? ;) :ninja:

    Thanks for any replies.

    Regards

    Chiana
     
  2. Bubba

    Bubba Updates Team

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    Hey Chiana,

    For my own future reference....which URL is MS using for activation ?
     
  3. Chiana

    Chiana Registered Member

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    Hi Bubba,

    Good question, not sure how to find out. It's the Windows XP Home or Pro OEM activation process, which appears via a pop-up box.

    Regards

    Chiana
     
  4. StevieO

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    Hi Chiana, I would suggest opening your HOSTS file and then doing a search for MSN. Microsoft etc. You should be able to quickly and easily identify the culprit/s. Just add a number/letter on the end of the ones you suspect and then try to connect. After you've established the correct one/s just go back and undo the others and then delete the problem one/s.

    A really useful App that i have is HostsToggle V 2.1

    HostsToggle makes turning the Hosts file "on" and "off" as easy as clicking a button. http://www.accs-net.com/hosts/HostsToggle/

    Let me know if it helps any.


    StevieO
     
  5. Chiana

    Chiana Registered Member

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    Hi StevieO,
    There are a lot of MSN, Microsoft entries in the hosts file. Trouble is, I would suspect all of them so identifying the MS activation entry would involve quite a bit of time. I was hoping someone would already know the site URL.

    Appreciate your suggestion, might give it a go when time allows.

    Regards

    Chiana
     
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