Cannot logon to Windows XP without activation beyond 30 days

Well, guys this is the most common, issue faced with system administrators who forgot to activate XP within 30 days of its installation.

In my case, the issue was P2V of Windows XP physical machine and due to drastic hardware architecture changes, Windows XP loses its activation and requires re-activation.
See my previous blog post

With the instructions i was successfully able to first configure network settings and then activated the OS.
Here is the brief step by step instructions:

  • Turn on your computer and login to your account. You get a message telling you that you need to activate your product, Click Yes and the Activate Windows screen will load.
  • Now press the windows key + U and Microsoft Narrator should pop up. Click OK for the little disclaimer Narrator gives you and behind it will be the Narrator option screen. In the top left of the Narrator option screen, you’ll see a little computer icon, click it and a drop-down menu will appear.
  • Click on About Narrator. On the next pop-up, click the link Microsoft Web site. You now have access to Internet Explorer!!! Whether you have an internet connection at the time or not, it doesn’t matter, we aren’t actually trying to get online.

Now we are going to access your desktop and Start bar. In the address bar, type: C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe and press enter.

VOILA! You have access to your entire computer just like you normally would! Don’t close Narrator though, because windows tends to realize what you’re doing and reset back to the Activation screen. It’s not bullet-proof, sometimes my computer will reset back to the activation screen, but you can just do the same thing again as many times as you want!

Thanks to this internet article

XVA won’t start after successful import

I converted a physical machine (Windows XP) successfully & imported to my XenServer with XenConvert. The import appears to be successful. However, when I start the machine, all I get is a black console screen with the following info:

Citrix XenServer
http://www.citrix.com
cirrus-compatible VGA is detected

Processor 1: Xen(R) Virtual CPU
XS Virtual IDE Controller Hard Drive (73GB)
XS Virtual ATAPI-4 CD-Rom/DVD-Rom

Boot device: Hard Drive – success.

Some licensed legacy application was running on this machine and we needed to eliminate any physical PC in Datacenter.
Else there was no need to import XP rather would have built new one.
Well after repeated reboot no success with the VM, searching the forum someone suggested to fix boot sector with Windows XP repair disk.
The iso of existing XP-SP3 didn’t offer repair screen since the original install didn’t match the iso file.

SystemRescueCd-x86-2.5.1 iso came handy, booted from this gentoo based linux distro and fixed the boot sector with “ntfsfix”.
Disconnected the iso and voila the VM booted successfully.

So far only the vm booted successfully, but any geek would guess that due to HAL changes between the physical and virtual, XP ends up in re-activation process.
Without network the VM cannot connect to internet.. how will i fix this.
look out for next blog post… 🙂