I Think I Bricked My Laptop
Ok, well this actually happened about a few months ago, but I really didn't care about using my laptop until about today. Bear with me, this is probably gonna be a tad long.
So a few months ago, I was using my laptop when it started getting slow during the Windows startup. I didn't really care because I know I download a lot of crap and I was going to clean it anyways. But as I used it in the passing months, the user login screen (the screen that comes up in XP if you have multiple user accounts) would allow me to select my account and then it would show my wallpaper and freeze. I couldn't clean up my computer. I tried booting it in safe mode and restore it to a previous point, but since my laptop's battery was shot, it didn't remember any previous points (yes I know, I will buy a new battery at some point). So from here, I just left it like that.
Well then a few months later, I was bored again, and I tried to fix my laptop again. I tried to put in the Windows XP CD it came with and tried to reinstall the OS. Well it all seemed to go smoothly and I thought I had fixed it alright. However, after I installed it, it said I needed to activate my XP because it has exceeded it's trial period. Whenever I tell it to go activate it, it will show my wallpaper and then it will back out into the logon screen again. This is the same result for the rest of the accounts and I cannot boot into safe mode either. I've tried to search all over the internet for help and i've come to nothing that has actually fixed it (obviously), and this is pretty much my last hope to get my laptop working again.
I'll include more details upon request. Thanks for reading.