When you attempt to activate Windows XP, Product Activation fails, and you receive:
Activate Windows cannot run because local scripting has been disabled on this computer. Scripting may have been disabled for virus prevention or as a security measure. Once local scripting has been enabled, run Activate Windows again.
This behavior will occur if scripting is disabled in the registry.
To enable scripting:
1. Open a CMD.EXE window.
2. Type the following commands, pressing Enter after each line:
REG ADD "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\0" /V 1400 /T REG_DWORD /F /D 0
REG ADD "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\0" /V Security_HKLM_only /T REG_DWORD /F /D 0
3. Try to active Windows.