Open an Elevated Command Prompt, and run the following command....
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
(note the spaces!)
wait until it's complete, then reboot, and try SFC again.
post the new CBS.log file.
Great! - there's nothing apparently wrong with the SFC results, and the previous errors haven't recurred.
What happens when you attempt activation now?
OK - let's look at some permissions things, then....
Open an Elevated Command Prompt, and run the following commands...
ICALCS C:\Windows\system32\sppsvc.* /t
DIR C:\Windows\system32\sppsvc.* /s
post the results.
Here's the results:
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.2.9200](c) 2012 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
C:\Windows\system32>ICALCS C:\Windows\system32\sppsvc.* /t
'ICALCS' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.
C:\Windows\system32>DIR C:\Windows\system32\sppsvc.* /s
Volume in drive C is Acer
Volume Serial Number is A893-9974
Directory of C:\Windows\system32
26/07/2012 11:08 AM 4,881,408 sppsvc.exe
1 File(s) 4,881,408 bytes
Directory of C:\Windows\system32\en-US
26/07/2012 03:48 PM 18,944 sppsvc.exe.mui
1 File(s) 18,944 bytes
Directory of C:\Windows\system32\zh-CN
26/07/2012 01:27 AM 10,240 sppsvc.exe.mui
1 File(s) 10,240 bytes
Total Files Listed:
3 File(s) 4,910,592 bytes
0 Dir(s) 287,415,152,640 bytes free
Please understand that I am offering no solutions because you already have a big gun working with you; however, I am really curious to know why you didn't just try a clean install again because you stated the installation was "fairly new." Moreover, why did you try to activate the installation via an alternative method? Was it because the traditional "activate while online" option was never made available? It just seems like you are spending a ton of time trying to fix this issue when you could have already done a clean install 10 times over. Again, not trying to interfere but I am just trying to understand the circumstances behind your decision. Thanks.
OK, thanks for that understandable explanation. However, since the product key is embedded in the BIOS, I wouldn't trust Belarc Advisor to reveal the true key and that may just be your issue here. So, with that said, can anyone confirm my suspicion that the good old Belarc Advisor is no longer a reliable source and/or confirm that it still works for that intention?