Windows Activation Problems

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by guest, Feb 27, 2006.

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  1. guest

    guest Guest

    Hello All,

    I have been having this peculiar problem with regards to windows activation ever since my hard disc crashed. See the problem started after I got a new hard disc and reinstalled windows all over again and instead of activating windows after that i clicked on the skip button. I really do regret doing that as I did not know what I was doing then as I have only reformatted my PC once. Anyhow to cut a long story short, windows started acting up after I skipped the activation process all my windows updates mysteriously vanished so did other vital windows applications. Is there a way to solve this problem and reactivate windows yet again over the internet without me having to reinstall the entire OS all over again ? Calling the centre is out of the question as I am not in the USA. Please do help as I am at my wit's end here & many thanks in advance.
  2. Capp

    Capp Registered Member

    Oct 16, 2004
    United States
    Hello and Welcome to Wilders!

    You can start up the "Windows Activation" wizard by going to

    Start | Programs | Accessories | System Tools | Activate Windows

    This will give you the same screens you skipped the first time.

    Hope that helps :)
  3. guest

    guest Guest

    Thanks I just checked it out and apparently it has been activated already but why isnt the windows update packages and patches not shown in the add/remove window when I look at it ? I have it ticked on at show updates but for some unknown reason they have all been deleted by windows they were listed prior to this. Has anyone had this problem before ? How do I get windows to download those updates again and why did it have to delete them in the first place ? All this seems rather odd as they were there before until recently.
  4. WSFuser

    WSFuser Registered Member

    Oct 7, 2004
    if windows update doesnt offer the updates anymore, a possibiity is that the uninstallers for the hotfixes are gone
  5. pvsurfer

    pvsurfer Registered Member

    Sep 1, 2004
    California - USA
    Sounds as if something may have gotten corrupted, so if it were me, I would definitely do a fresh reinstall of Windows...

    Also, the first time you attempt to download updates, MS will want to install their 'Genuine Advantage' authentication program in order to validate that you are running a legitimate copy of Windows. If you do not allow that to be installed, you won't be able to download updates for Windows. o_O
  6. Firecat

    Firecat Registered Member

    Jan 2, 2005
    The land of no identity :D
    For those who don't like to spend the extra time validating their Windows from Microsoft, you can download the most important updates from
  7. starfish_001

    starfish_001 Registered Member

    Jan 31, 2005

    I know that you have activated now but - calling is possible toll free in Europe - I've done it a few time in the UK.

    Activation should not cause these problems. corruption / virus or something else might

    You could try enabling updates from the security centre. On my machine the ie based update does not work becuase I have stopped the activeX but but the background update still works.
  8. guest

    guest Guest

    Hello All thanks for all the very valuable feedback.

    Apparently I suspect that CCleaner deleted all my hotfix files along with all the windows updates and hotfix update installer as i ticked on the advanced tab on Hotfix Uninstallers.

    Is there a go around to this problem ? Will I be able to download a "exe" file from someplace that will rectify this problem ? Anyone that has experienced before do let me know what you did and how you managed to solve this problem, my PC is incredibly vulnerable at the moment as its entire guard system is down.
  9. GlobalForce

    GlobalForce Regular Poster

    Jun 30, 2004
    Garden State, USA
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