I have a virtual machine that runs Windows XP for some legacy application. However, it no longer activates because it is now out of support. When activation fails, it forces you to activate or be log off.
The temporary fix that I was able to find was to:
- Boot into safe mode
- Open command prompt and run:
- Reboot back into normal mode.
Other fixes I found online include:
- Tweaking the registry key at
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows NT/CurrentVersion/WPAEvents/OOBETimerand setting the value to
ff d5 71 d6 8b 6a 8d 6f d5 33 93 fd, then restricting the WPAEvents parent key from being modified by modifying its permissions to deny.
- Use the following site to activate using the serial key generated for the phone method: https://microsoft.gointeract.io/interact/index?interaction=1461173234028-3884f8602eccbe259104553afa8415434b4581-05d1&accountId=microsoft&loadFrom=CDN&appkey=196de13c-e946-4531-98f6-2719ec8405ce&Language=English&name=pana&CountryCode=en-US&Click%20To%20Call%20Caller%20Id=%2017142064889&startedFromSmsToken=3jUenpr&dnis=26&token=0Yr8Nd