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After receiving my computer back from the repair shop (problem with RAM) recently, Windows said it needed reactivating within 2 days. I clicked yes, to activate and windows loaded with a window that was titled "Activate Windows" but it was completely blank inside. I closed it off after waiting several minutes, and since have tried reactivating many times. I gave up and downloaded an activation crack instead. After 2 days passed windows wouldn't load so I booted in Safe Mode and applied the activation crack. Now when I boot i get the login then a blank window with the error icon and a yes and no button. when I click yes I see my wallpaper but then it goes back to log in window if I press no, straight back to login window. Probably shouldn't have tried cracking it, but there u go. I think that the activation part of windows was probably corrupted some how (before activation crack) is there anyway of restoring it without reinstalling windows altogether.

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Well there may have been, but now you may well be stuck with a reinstall.

If you can boot into safe mode there is still a chance by typing "sfc /now" in a command prompt window (start comp in safe mode with command prompt if you can).

If that doesn't work, you can try doing a repair installation, which won't erase all your files, it will simply overwrite the c:\windows folder.
 

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I've now reinstalled windows but now I can't open Control Panel to change the settings back to how they were each time I try I get the "Windows Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.", "Send Error Report", "Don't Send" Window pop up then windows taskbar disappears then reappears seconds later, this has happened before once or twice but usually after a couple of tries Control Panel opens successfully. but I've now tried about 8 times in a row.

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