Archive for November, 2012

Strange characters…Windows activation?

November 7, 2012

Yesterday we worked on a desktop PC for a client who was experiencing some strange behavior from their PC. First of all, it showed strange characters in the login screen, and inside any dialog message. Then it stated Windows needed to be activated or it must be logged off. Our first thought was virus related, however, turns out it was caused by a hard drive failure. What??? How??? When the hard drive started experiencing CRC errors, it affected certain windows system files controlling the registry and such. These specific files happened to be the files which control windows activation and message notification font.  Have a good day.  Brad Howerter – The I.T. Guys –