A Windows XP that has failed Product Activation will lock its users out of the operating system. Windows will simply refuse to login, and will redirect users to the activation option. But is there a way to still access your content via the operating system?
Launching Windows in Safe Mode will permit access to the basic functionality of the operating system.
Another way is by clicking Login from the Login screen of an expired copy of Windows. You will be prompted with an error message that will inform you of the expired status of your operating system and that will feature an option to activate the product. Clicking YES will make a "Let's Activate Windows" window appear.
Now press the Windows Key + the "U" key to bring up the Narrator dialog box. The Narrator dialog box features a computer icon in the top left corner. Further clicking it will display a drop down menu. Navigate to the bottom option that reads "About Narrator". This action will open another box "About Narrator". No big surprise here; in fact, this is what we wanted all along.
In the "About Narrator" windows you can see a link pointing to the Microsoft Website. Clicking the link will launch Internet Explorer. And there you go. As in Windows XP there is an intimate connection between Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer, via the browser window you can navigate on your drives. You just have to know the address, such as "C:\documents and settings\username\Start Menu\Programs".
Note: This technique has been presented here for informative purposes only. We do not support piracy.
Before any step taken we recommend to backup the following files (which are containing the registration content of your OS):