Reduced Functionality Mode

ByLine
Your Activation Period has Expired
Synopsis
This will show you how to get out of Reduced Functionality Mode if you did not activate Vista within the trial period, Vista determines that it is running on a different computer than it was originally activated on, or you have a non-genuine version of Vista.
How to Get Out of Reduced Functionality Mode in Vista

information   Information
This will show you how to get out of Reduced Functionality Mode if you did not activate Vista within the 30 day activation trial period and the period has expired, Vista determines or thinks that it is installed on a different computer than it was originally activated on, or you have a non-genuine version of Vista.

For more information, see: Microsoft Help and Support: KB925582 Article and Genuine Microsoft Software

warning   Warning
Microsoft no longer provides support for OEM copies of Vista. If you have one of these, then you must contact the OEM, instead of Microsoft in this tutorial, to activate your OEM Vista. OEM contact information should be included in the documentation that came with your computer or OEM Vista installation CD/DVD package.




METHOD ONE
If you Have Vista SP1/SP2 Installed

NOTE: For more information, see: Windows Genuine Advantage : Taking the next step with Windows Vista SP1
1. Whe you logon to Vista, you will see this message with a window with the options below if Vista is running in reduced functionality mode. To use Vista again, select the option (see table below) in the window that you want to do. (See screenshot below table)​
NOTE: You will have to wait 15 seconds for the Activate Later option to not be grayed out.​

Option

Description

Activate now

This will attempt to activate Vista now.

Activate later

This will take you to the desktop again, but with reduced functions and features available in Vista until you activate Vista.

Step1.jpg

2. If you click on Activate Later, then you will notice that you will have a message in the lower right corner of the desktop that says Windows Vista ™ Build 6001 This copy of Windows is not genuine.​
A) Features like DreamScene will not longer function until you activate Vista. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: DreamScene is only available for the Vista Ultimate edition.
DreamScene.jpg






METHOD TWO
If You DO NOT Have Vista SP1/SP2 Installed

1. You will see this message with a window with the options below at the startup of Vista if Vista is running in reduced functionality mode. To use Vista again, select the option in the window that will best resolve the problem. See the table below the screenshot for a description of each option.​
WARNING: If you click on the Cancel button, you will be taken to the logon screen. However, after you logon, you will be taken back to this window.​
Reduced_Functionality.jpg

Option

Description

Activate Windows online now

If you did not activate Windows within the 30-day activation period, or you typed a valid product key but might have ignored previous activation notifications, select this option to activate Windows on the Internet.

Access your computer with reduced functionality

If you need to buy another product key, or you’re running a version of Windows that was detected as non-genuine and you did not activate Windows within the 30-day activation period, select this option to go to a website where you can buy a new product key. You can also use this option to extend the 30-day activation period. (See step 1 below)

Retype you product key

If you mistyped your product key, or have not yet typed a product key, select this option.

Show me other ways to activate

If you did not activate Windows within the 30-day activation period, or you typed a valid product key but might have ignored previous activation notifications, select this option to activate Windows with a modem or by phone. Also select this option if you made a hardware change that requires activating Windows again and you did not activate Windows within the allotted 3-day activation period.


2. Click on Access your computer with reduced functionality.​
NOTE: This option will get you out of the Reduced Functionality mode for now and extend you trial period to 30 more days so you can activate Vista later.​
3. This will open Internet Explorer.​
4. Check the Do not show me the warning for this program again box. (See screenshot below)​
5. Click on the Allow button in the IE Security Warning prompt.​
Allow.jpg

6. Type C:\ into the address bar and press Enter. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: This will open a Windows Explorer window.​
IE7_Address_Bar.jpg

7. Navigate to C:\Windows\System32 (See screenshot below)​
8. Scroll down until you find the file cmd.exe.​
9. Right click on cmd.exe and click Run as administrator.​
NOTE: This will open a elevated command prompt window.​
CMD.jpg

10. Click on the Continue button in the UAC prompt.​
11. In the command prompt, type slmgr -rearm and press Enter. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: This will only work if you have not already did this 3 times, or installed the Vista SP1 (Service Pack). If you have, you will receive a denied error.
Command_Prompt.jpg

12. It will take a few moments, but you will hear a ding and get a pop-up success prompt soon. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: If you do not see it, then minimize the IE7 window to be able to.​
13. Click on OK.​
Success_Prompt.jpg

14. Click on the Cancel button on the window in the example at the top. (See screenshot below step 1)​
NOTE: This will log you off and take you back to the logon screen.​
15. In the log on screen, click on the red box arrow at the bottom right corner to expand it. (See screenshot below)​
16. Click on Restart.​
Logon_Screen.jpg

17. When the computer restarts, you will see another window with these options:​
NOTE: Choose the option you want to do. See the table below the screenshot for a description of each option.​
30_Days.jpg


Option

Description

Activate windows online now

This will attempt to activate Vista now.

Ask me later

This will take you to the desktop again.


That's it,
Shawn




 

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NoelDP

Three-Toed Sloth
Vista Guru
I hate it when that happens.
Usually a reboot cures it.
If not, then try rearming the license -
open an Elevated Command prompt window (use the same method)
at the prompt, type
cscript slmgr.vbs /rearm

wait for it to finish (hopefully without an error!) - and reboot twice.
 

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noelcwt

Member
Still the same error, not enough quota.

Is there anyway that I can bypass this not enough quota error? I can't seems to perform any task other than to key in my product key which in this case is clearly not going to work.

Any idea why is the product key that was on the COA sticker is deemed invalid? I don't get it because an OEM license is surely can't be used by another computer which nullify the possibility of being used by another user?
 

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noelcwt

Member
Sorry - I was obviously even later to the party than I thought :(
Try this - the Licensing Store may be corrupt.


Recreate the Licensing Store with the correct data.
1) Open an Internet Browser window.
2) Type: %windir%\system32 into the browser address bar.
3) Find the file CMD.exe
4) Right-Click on CMD.exe and select 'Run as Administrator'
5) Type: net stop slsvc (it may ask you if you are sure, select yes)
6) Type: cd %windir%\ServiceProfiles\NetworkService\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\SoftwareLicensing
7) Type: rename tokens.dat tokens.bar
8) Type: cd %windir%\system32
9) Type: net start slsvc
10) Type: cscript slmgr.vbs -rilc (It may take a long time for this to complete, please be patient)
11) Restart your computer twice.
You may be asked to enter your COA Key and/or Activate. – if asked for the Key, use the one on your COA sticker on the machine’s case (you may need to activate by telephone).

Once complete, run another MGADiag report and post back with the results.

I tried to recover my operating system and I can now access to a normal windows, but for a certain period of time before it goes into the reduced functionality mode again I guess. I tried this but when it came to step 7, it says this file was not found?
7) Type: rename tokens.dat tokens.bar

The rest of the function can work properly. However I think the main problem is my product key, it keeps saying it's an invalid key, but how is it possible since it's oem licensed and is on the sticker of COA?

Code:
Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
-----------------------------------------
Windows Validation Data-->
Validation Status: Invalid License
Validation Code: 50
Cached Online Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004f012
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-XY9X3-JDXYP-6CJ97
Windows Product Key Hash: xFQJU8srKsovk6p1Lk1yW93in4E=
Windows Product ID: 89578-OEM-7332157-00211
Windows Product ID Type: 2
Windows License Type: OEM SLP
Windows OS version: 6.0.6000.2.00010300.0.0.003
ID: {0764255A-2923-4345-9C6E-63017FCFBC55}(1)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium
Architecture: 0x00000000
Build lab: 6000.vista_rtm.061101-2205
TTS Error: 
Validation Diagnostic: 
Resolution Status: N/A
 
Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
 
Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
 
OGA Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAExec.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAAddin.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
 
OGA Data-->
Office Status: 102
Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 - 100 Genuine
OGA Version: N/A, 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Office Diagnostics: 77F760FE-153-80070002_7E90FEE8-175-80070002_025D1FF3-364-80041010_025D1FF3-229-80041010_025D1FF3-230-1_025D1FF3-517-80040154_025D1FF3-237-80040154_025D1FF3-238-2_025D1FF3-244-80070002_025D1FF3-258-3_B4D0AA8B-920-80070057
 
Browser Data-->
Proxy settings: N/A
User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Win32)
Default Browser: C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox 4.0 Beta 12\firefox.exe
Download signed ActiveX controls: Prompt
Download unsigned ActiveX controls: Disabled
Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins: Allowed
Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe: Disabled
Allow scripting of Internet Explorer Webbrowser control: Disabled
Active scripting: Allowed
Script ActiveX controls marked as safe for scripting: Allowed
 
File Scan Data-->
 
Other data-->
Office Details: <GenuineResults><MachineData><UGUID>{0764255A-2923-4345-9C6E-63017FCFBC55}</UGUID><Version>1.9.0027.0</Version><OS>6.0.6000.2.00010300.0.0.003</OS><Architecture>x32</Architecture><PKey>*****-*****-*****-*****-6CJ97</PKey><PID>89578-OEM-7332157-00211</PID><PIDType>2</PIDType><SID>S-1-5-21-2948716915-1485911707-1521358625</SID><SYSTEM><Manufacturer>Acer           </Manufacturer><Model>Aspire 4710                    </Model></SYSTEM><BIOS><Manufacturer>Phoenix Technologies LTD</Manufacturer><Version>V1.18          </Version><SMBIOSVersion major="2" minor="4"/><Date>20080221000000.000000+000</Date></BIOS><HWID>E5313507018400FA</HWID><UserLCID>4409</UserLCID><SystemLCID>0409</SystemLCID><TimeZone>Malay Peninsula Standard Time(GMT+08:00)</TimeZone><iJoin>0</iJoin><SBID><stat>3</stat><msppid></msppid><name></name><model></model></SBID><OEM><OEMID>ACRSYS</OEMID><OEMTableID>ACRPRDCT</OEMTableID></OEM><GANotification/></MachineData><Software><Office><Result>102</Result><Products><Product GUID="{91120000-002F-0000-0000-0000000FF1CE}"><LegitResult>100</LegitResult><Name>Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007</Name><Ver>12</Ver><PidType>19</PidType></Product></Products><Applications><App Id="16" Version="12" Result="100"/><App Id="18" Version="12" Result="100"/><App Id="1B" Version="12" Result="100"/><App Id="A1" Version="12" Result="100"/></Applications></Office></Software></GenuineResults>  
 
Spsys.log Content: 0x80070002
 
Licensing Data-->
Software licensing service version: 6.0.6000.16509
 
Windows Activation Technologies-->
N/A
 
HWID Data-->
HWID Hash Current: NgAAAAEAAwABAAEAAwABAAAAAgABAAEAeqi4mWTQ5Ez8H0jkKoYOJAT8CGry9GRyThmsViqF
 
OEM Activation 1.0 Data-->
N/A
 
OEM Activation 2.0 Data-->
BIOS valid for OA 2.0: yes, but no Windows marker
Windows marker version: N/A
OEMID and OEMTableID Consistent: yes
BIOS Information: 
  ACPI Table Name    OEMID Value    OEMTableID Value
  APIC            INTEL         CALISTGA
  FACP            INTEL         CALISTGA
  HPET            INTEL         CALISTGA
  BOOT            PTLTD         $SBFTBL$
  MCFG            INTEL         CALISTGA
  TCPA            PTLTD         CALISTGA
  SLIC            ACRSYS        ACRPRDCT
  APIC            INTEL         CALISTGA
  SSDT            SataRe        SataAhci
  SSDT            SataRe        SataAhci
  SSDT            SataRe        SataAhci
  SSDT            SataRe        SataAhci


This is the diagnostic report.

I have tried the slui.exe 4/slui.exe 5 as well, but there seems to be no contact microsoft options.
 

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NoelDP

Three-Toed Sloth
Vista Guru
Thanks - I was just about to ask for a new report :)
please run the following commands from an elevated command prompt and post the results

DIR %windir%\ServiceProfiles\NetworkService\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\SoftwareLicensing
icacls %windir%\ServiceProfiles\NetworkService\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\SoftwareLicensing /T
REG QUERY HKU


1) To open an Elevated Command Prompt Window (the CP window), click on Start, All Programs, Accessories – then right-click on Command Prompt, and select Run as Administrator. Accept the UAC prompt.
2) To run the commands easier, highlight the block of commands, and right-click on the highlight – select Copy. In the CP Windows, click on the black/white icon at top left – select Paste. The commands will run but may not complete the last command, so hit the Enter Key once.
) To copy the results... click on the Black/White icon in the top left, and select Edit... 'Select All', and hit the Enter key - then use Ctrl+V or r-click+Paste to paste it into your response.
 

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Brink

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mvp

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NoelDP

Three-Toed Sloth
Vista Guru
I just realised that there appears to have been no attempt to check file system integrity?

Please run a full CHKDSK and SFC scan....
type in the Search box
CMD.EXE
right-click on the only file that is found
Select Run as Administrator
- the Elevated Command Prompt window should pop up
At the Command prompt, type
CHKDSK C: /R
and hit the Enter key.

You will be told that the drive is locked,
and the CHKDSK will run at he next boot - hit the Y key, and then reboot.

The chkdsk will take a few hours depending on the size
of the drive, so be patient!
After the CHKDSK has run, Windows should boot normally
(possibly after a second auto-reboot) - then run the SFC
SFC -System File Checker - Instructions
Click on the Start button
type in the Search box
CMD.EXE
right-click on the only file that is found
Select Run as Administrator
- the Elevated Command Prompt window should pop up
At the Command prompt, type
SFC /SCANNOW
and hit the Enter key

Wait for the scan to finish - make a note of any error messages - and then reboot.
Post an MGADiag report with details of any error messages encountered.
 

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noelcwt

Member
Hi, I've run the CHKDSK scan but the sfc scan won't complete. I will post the screen shot here. I also tried the previous "DIR %windir%\ServiceProfiles\NetworkService\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\SoftwareLicensing
icacls %windir%\ServiceProfiles\NetworkService\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\SoftwareLicensing /T
REG QUERY HKU "

and took a screen shot. Here's the latest info with diagnostic.

Code:
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6000]
Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.
 
C:\Windows\system32>sfc /scannow
 
Beginning system scan.  This process will take some time.
 
Beginning verification phase of system scan.
Verification 69% complete.
Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation.
 
C:\Windows\system32>sfc /scannow
 
Beginning system scan.  This process will take some time.
 
Beginning verification phase of system scan.
Verification 69% complete.
Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation.
 
C:\Windows\system32>DIR %windir%\ServiceProfiles\NetworkService\AppData\Roaming\
Microsoft\SoftwareLicensing
 Volume in drive C is ACER
 Volume Serial Number is 2AA8-1BF3
 
 Directory of C:\Windows\ServiceProfiles\NetworkService\AppData\Roaming\Microsof
t\SoftwareLicensing
 
09/06/2012  04:50 AM    <DIR>          .
09/06/2012  04:50 AM    <DIR>          ..
09/06/2012  04:50 AM         1,016,523 tokens.dat
               1 File(s)      1,016,523 bytes
               2 Dir(s)  52,552,724,480 bytes free
 
C:\Windows\system32>icacls %windir%\ServiceProfiles\NetworkService\AppData\Roami
ng\Microsoft\SoftwareLicensing /T
C:\Windows\ServiceProfiles\NetworkService\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\SoftwareLice
nsing NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM:(OI)(CI)(F)
 
      BUILTIN\Administrators:(OI)(CI)(F)
 
      NT SERVICE\slsvc:(OI)(CI)(R,W,D)
 
C:\Windows\ServiceProfiles\NetworkService\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\SoftwareLice
nsing\tokens.dat NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM:(I)(F)
 
                 BUILTIN\Administrators:(I)(F)
 
                 NT SERVICE\slsvc:(I)(R,W,D)
 
Successfully processed 2 files; Failed processing 0 files
 
C:\Windows\system32>REG QUERY HKU



The diagnostic

Code:
Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
-----------------------------------------
Windows Validation Data-->
Validation Status: Genuine
Validation Code: 0
Cached Online Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004f012
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-XY9X3-JDXYP-6CJ97
Windows Product Key Hash: xFQJU8srKsovk6p1Lk1yW93in4E=
Windows Product ID: 89578-OEM-7332157-00211
Windows Product ID Type: 2
Windows License Type: OEM SLP
Windows OS version: 6.0.6000.2.00010300.0.0.003
ID: {512B5C36-BFC5-469E-957D-0D09F7D67F14}(1)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium
Architecture: 0x00000000
Build lab: 6000.vista_rtm.061101-2205
TTS Error: 
Validation Diagnostic: 
Resolution Status: N/A
 
Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
 
Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
 
OGA Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAExec.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAAddin.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
 
OGA Data-->
Office Status: 102
Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 - 100 Genuine
OGA Version: N/A, 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Office Diagnostics: 77F760FE-153-80070002_7E90FEE8-175-80070002_025D1FF3-364-80041010_025D1FF3-229-80041010_025D1FF3-230-1_025D1FF3-517-80040154_025D1FF3-237-80040154_025D1FF3-238-2_025D1FF3-244-80070002_025D1FF3-258-3_B4D0AA8B-920-80070057
 
Browser Data-->
Proxy settings: 
User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Win32)
Default Browser: C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox 4.0 Beta 12\firefox.exe
Download signed ActiveX controls: Prompt
Download unsigned ActiveX controls: Disabled
Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins: Allowed
Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe: Disabled
Allow scripting of Internet Explorer Webbrowser control: Disabled
Active scripting: Allowed
Script ActiveX controls marked as safe for scripting: Allowed
 
File Scan Data-->
 
Other data-->
Office Details: <GenuineResults><MachineData><UGUID>{512B5C36-BFC5-469E-957D-0D09F7D67F14}</UGUID><Version>1.9.0027.0</Version><OS>6.0.6000.2.00010300.0.0.003</OS><Architecture>x32</Architecture><PKey>*****-*****-*****-*****-6CJ97</PKey><PID>89578-OEM-7332157-00211</PID><PIDType>2</PIDType><SID>S-1-5-21-820711650-82143791-944274266</SID><SYSTEM><Manufacturer>Acer           </Manufacturer><Model>Aspire 4710                    </Model></SYSTEM><BIOS><Manufacturer>Phoenix Technologies LTD</Manufacturer><Version>V1.18          </Version><SMBIOSVersion major="2" minor="4"/><Date>20080221000000.000000+000</Date></BIOS><HWID>E5313507018400FA</HWID><UserLCID>4409</UserLCID><SystemLCID>0409</SystemLCID><TimeZone>Malay Peninsula Standard Time(GMT+08:00)</TimeZone><iJoin>0</iJoin><SBID><stat>3</stat><msppid></msppid><name></name><model></model></SBID><OEM><OEMID>ACRSYS</OEMID><OEMTableID>ACRPRDCT</OEMTableID></OEM><GANotification/></MachineData><Software><Office><Result>102</Result><Products><Product GUID="{91120000-002F-0000-0000-0000000FF1CE}"><LegitResult>100</LegitResult><Name>Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007</Name><Ver>12</Ver><PidType>19</PidType></Product></Products><Applications><App Id="16" Version="12" Result="100"/><App Id="18" Version="12" Result="100"/><App Id="1B" Version="12" Result="100"/><App Id="A1" Version="12" Result="100"/></Applications></Office></Software></GenuineResults>  
 
Spsys.log Content: 0x80070002
 
Licensing Data-->
Software licensing service version: 6.0.6000.16509
Name: Windows(TM) Vista, HomePremium edition
Description: Windows Operating System - Vista, OEM_SLP channel
Activation ID: bffdc375-bbd5-499d-8ef1-4f37b61c895f
Application ID: 55c92734-d682-4d71-983e-d6ec3f16059f
Extended PID: 89578-00146-321-500211-02-1033-6000.0000-1612012
Installation ID: 176081461474865730922665843100253585826030314210614053
Processor Certificate URL: [URL]http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=57201[/URL]
Machine Certificate URL: [URL]http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=57203[/URL]
Use License URL: [URL]http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=57205[/URL]
Product Key Certificate URL: [URL]http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=57204[/URL]
Partial Product Key: 6CJ97
License Status: Initial grace period
Time remaining: 21568 minute(s) (14 day(s))
 
Windows Activation Technologies-->
N/A
 
HWID Data-->
HWID Hash Current: NgAAAAEAAwABAAEAAwABAAAAAgABAAEAeqi4mWTQ5Ez8H0jkKoYOJAT8CGry9GRyThmsViqF
 
OEM Activation 1.0 Data-->
N/A
 
OEM Activation 2.0 Data-->
BIOS valid for OA 2.0: yes, but no Windows marker
Windows marker version: N/A
OEMID and OEMTableID Consistent: yes
BIOS Information: 
  ACPI Table Name    OEMID Value    OEMTableID Value
  APIC            INTEL         CALISTGA
  FACP            INTEL         CALISTGA
  HPET            INTEL         CALISTGA
  BOOT            PTLTD         $SBFTBL$
  MCFG            INTEL         CALISTGA
  TCPA            PTLTD         CALISTGA
  SLIC            ACRSYS        ACRPRDCT
  APIC            INTEL         CALISTGA
  SSDT            SataRe        SataAhci
  SSDT            SataRe        SataAhci
  SSDT            SataRe        SataAhci
  SSDT            SataRe        SataAhci
 
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NoelDP

Three-Toed Sloth
Vista Guru
Well, we've achieved something, at least - the activation has tripped back into grace period, and is showing as genuine (which doesn't mean a lot, during the grace period)
please try validating at www.microsoft.com/genuine/validate - what happens?

You should attempt an offline SFC - it should be able to get around the problems the online one is having....
Reboot the computer, and tap the F8 key until you get the advanced boot menu up - one option should be 'Repair your computer'. Pick that one.
Log into your normal account.
You'll get a set of options - pick the Command Prompt one.
At the command prompt, type DIR D:\
- if we're lucky this will bring up a listing of your normal C: drive contents, including the Program Files folder(s) and the Windows folder.
If not, try E:\ (etc. until you get the right letter)
then type the following command

sfc /scannow /OFFBOOTDIR=<drive>:\ /OFFWINDIR=<drive>:\Windows

where <drive> is the letter you found above.
Wait for the command to complete. (make a note of the response!).
Once it has, type EXIT and the pick the option to reboot.

Post another MGADiag report

(bedtime for me - back tomorrow)
 
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Well, we've achieved something, at least - the activation has tripped back into grace period, and is showing as genuine (which doesn't mean a lot, during the grace period)
please try validating at www.microsoft.com/genuine/validate - what happens?

You should attempt an offline SFC - it should be able to get around the problems the online one is having....
Reboot the computer, and tap the F8 key until you get the advanced boot menu up - one option should be 'Repair your computer'. Pick that one.
Log into your normal account.
You'll get a set of options - pick the Command Prompt one.
At the command prompt, type DIR D:\
- if we're lucky this will bring up a listing of your normal C: drive contents, including the Program Files folder(s) and the Windows folder.
If not, try E:\ (etc. until you get the right letter)
then type the following command

sfc /scannow /OFFBOOTDIR=<drive>:\ /OFFWINDIR=<drive>:\Windows

where <drive> is the letter you found above.
Wait for the command to complete. (make a note of the response!).
Once it has, type EXIT and the pick the option to reboot.

Post another MGADiag report

(bedtime for me - back tomorrow)

I tried the validate option but it is not showing any result after a 5-10 minutes wait? Not sure if I have to wait longer though.

sfc /scannow /OFFBOOTDIR=<drive>:\ /OFFWINDIR=<drive>:\Windows

where <drive> is the letter you found above.

I type the exact command above or do I substitute the <drive> with other?
 

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<yawn - sorry!>
it should only take a few seconds for the validation to complete.
Yes, you need to change the <drive> into the letter you found that brought up your Windows and Programs folders using the DIR command
so if the working Windows folder was found using DIR Q:\
then you'd use the command
sfc /scannow /OFFBOOTDIR=Q:\ /OFFWINDIR=Q:\Windows

(I've expanded the spaces above to make it a little more obvious where they are)
 

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I've tried the method but it won't work. With "c" "d" or "x". I will post a screen shot below.
 

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Do you have the option for phone activation?
 

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You found the Windows files on D:\ ??
In that case your problem is that you got the wrong drive assignment
your command was
sfc /scannow /OFFBOOTDIR=<D>:\ /OFFWINDIR=<D>:\Windows

while it should have been

sfc /scannow /OFFBOOTDIR=D:\ /OFFWINDIR=D:\Windows

Please try again
 

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Do you have the option for phone activation?

Unfortunately nop =(

You found the Windows files on D:\ ??
In that case your problem is that you got the wrong drive assignment
your command was
sfc /scannow /OFFBOOTDIR=<D>:\ /OFFWINDIR=<D>:\Windows

while it should have been

sfc /scannow /OFFBOOTDIR=D:\ /OFFWINDIR=D:\Windows

Please try again

My windows file is located in c:\ but the command prompt shows something like x:\windows\system32 so I tried both. I did keyed in the correct command without <>, but it just won't work. See screenshot 2 and 3.
 

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This is when I keyed in using the x:\ drive.
The arguments passed to sfc are invalid. The offline windows directory specified points to the online system.

This is the c:\ drive.
Beginning system scan. This process will take some time.

Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation.
 

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My windows file is located in c:\ but the command prompt shows something like x:\windows\system32 so I tried both. I did keyed in the correct command without <>, but it just won't work. See screenshot 2 and 3.

That's the point I'm trying to make - as far as I can see, you never used the D:\....
option.

PLease try it again.
 

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Let me rephase things in an effort to make it clear.
When you use the Recovery Environment, the C: drive is almost never the same one as the original C:drive.
The X: drive is the one that is currently in use by the Recovery Environment as it's working system drive - and the system re-orders the drives into the order in which they are on the hard disk. Almost always, the first partition is either the Reserved (Boot) partition, or the manufacturer's Recovery partition, and this may or may not have a Windows folder, but will be called C:
the next partition is usually what would normally be called the System drive C: drive - and the drive letter has changed to D:

If for whatever reason, there is another partition prior to the System one, then the System drive will become E:

That's as far as most systems can go because of a limit of 4 primary partitions to any drive, but it is actually possible to have many more drive-letters prior to the System drive you need to access.

Once you boot back into Windows proper, the drive letter assignments go back to normal (unless you've done somehting to them while in the recovery environment.)
 

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