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W7 activation -- new MOBO fine but LAN connection wants activation

Question: W7 activation -- new MOBO fine but LAN connection wants activation

Hi there
I recently changed a MOBO from an INTEL based one to one using an AMD PHENOM processor -- W7 didn't want any new activation rather surprisingly. (Broken Mobo and I had a spare ASUS MOBO lying around).

However the first time I switched to using a LAN cable instead of a Wifi USB adapter I got the "Hardware has changed - please activate windows. OK it activated fine -- however seems strange to me that a MOBO change didn't call for any activation (Disks, memory, DVD device etc were canaballized from the old machine) but a simple switch from Wifi to a LAN did. !!! The internal logic of the activation process seems totally illogical and bizarre. (Running W7 x-64 ULTIMATE). !!!

Cheers
jimbo

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Answer: W7 activation -- new MOBO fine but LAN connection wants activation

In order to completely troubleshoot Windows validation & activation issues, please perform the following:

1. Download and save this tool to your desktop:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012

2. Run the tool, and then click Copy - ignore any errors if they appear

3. Use CTRL+V to paste the unedited results of the tool here in your next reply

More detail: Windows Genuine and Activation Issue Posting Instructions

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Greetings!

This is relatively new experience for me and I have spent some time Googling for solutions.

A friend of mine upgraded his genuinely activated Windows 8 Pro Parallels virtual machine to Windows 10 Pro. After the upgrade, he finds that his Windows 10 Pro is not activating. When I check, the error 0xC004C003 states that the activation is being blocked.

A common suggestion I have encountered was to install the OS from scratch, but that isn't practical in this situation. I am also aware that with Windows 10 the licensing is based on unique hardware identification, which makes me feel that this might affect virtual machine installations due to the nature of virtualizaiton, but surely Microsoft had thought about this before rolling out Windows 10 with the new licensing scheme (or at least I hope).

Another suggestion I read and tried was "slrmgr.vbs /rearm" --> reboot --> "slrmgr.vbs /ato". I still receive the same error. I also tried "slrmgr.vbs /ipk Windows8KeyHere" but it didn't work. I received an error code "0xc004e016" about the key being invalid.

Any ideas?
 

Answer:Mac Parallels Windows 8 Pro (genuine activation) upgraded to 10 Pro, activation block

If he doesn't want to reinstall, call Microsoft's licensing number and complain.
 

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I have found many threads about this (common) problem. My motherboard died, and I replaced it with a new one, a new processor, and added an ssd while I was at it. The old C: drive is intact, but not installed - so I could potentially reinstall it and and use it temporarily. But I would like to have a new install present. So I did a new install with my old Windows 8 pro disk and key. It did not activate. I followed the instructions here Activate Windows 8 by Phone and after reading the string of numbers the recording told me my product was not valid. I did not hang up, as it says at the end of the instructions, but microsoft did. I can't seem to find a simple support number to call and talk to an actual rep to tell them what happened.

I would like to do that. But I guess that I could reinstall the old HDD with the previous (activated) installation of Win8 on it and deactivate it? Would that allow me to then remove the old HDD and boot from the SSD and have my key work, or activate by phone?

It seems like it would be easiest to just talk to a rep, as that solution worked for many people on this forum with the same problem it appears. How could I get a Win8 activation rep or tech support on the telephone?

TIA!

CRaig

Answer:New mobo + ssd, activation problems

Hello Craig, and welcome to Eight Forums.

1. You need to try between business hours and days:
? United States: Monday through Friday, 5:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Pacific Time.
? Canada: Monday through Friday, 5:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Pacific Time.
? TTY customers: , Monday through Friday, 5:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Pacific Time.
2. You can try the following direct activation numbers:
Direct Activation number: (888) 725-1047
1-800-936-5700
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If you live somewhere else:
Try the appropriate phone number listed here: Microsoft Activation Centers Worldwide Telephone Numbers:
Microsoft Volume Licensing - Activation Centers
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Microsoft Support Contact Information: Microsoft Support
General Microsoft contact site: Microsoft Support
1-800-642-7676 (1-800-MICROSOFT)

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I'm updating my wife's Home PC to a new CPU and mobo (old had only 4G DDR2 memory and was slower than molasses).

This PC was originally Win 7 Home and I used the free upgrade facility to go to Win 10 Home. This PC is listed as one of my devices under my account at Microsoft.com.

Am I going to have any problem activating the PC after the hardware upgrade, or is it as simple as updating and signing on the my Microsoft account?

Thanks.

Answer:Activation after CPU and mobo upgrade

Reactivating Windows 10 after a hardware change

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Just upgraded my Cpu/Mobo from a AMD 960T to Intel 4670k. Now windows 8 media pack plus is telling me I need to activate with a new key or buy a new key.

I'm using a windows 8 x64 pro upgrade (with media pack key) I bought from Microsoft. My problem is I cannot call phone with my cell as my area/house is so terrible and can guarantee anyplace in my house I'll loose the call.

Is there another way to get my key working? I believe wiping the drive at this point won't help my situation.
 

Answer:Win 8 activation after cpu/mobo upgrade.

RogueTrip said:


Just upgraded my Cpu/Mobo from a AMD 960T to Intel 4670k. Now windows 8 media pack plus is telling me I need to activate with a new key or buy a new key.

I'm using a windows 8 x64 pro upgrade (with media pack key) I bought from Microsoft. My problem is I cannot call phone with my cell as my area/house is so terrible and can guarantee anyplace in my house I'll loose the call.

Is there another way to get my key working? I believe wiping the drive at this point won't help my situation.Click to expand...

I'm pretty sure you don't need to be in front of the computer to do this, they just need the CD key.
 

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Client has failed mobo (power surge) and wants a new one. However also wants to take advantage of situation to upgrade to a faster processor and faster RAM (lots of).When we reinstall his legal copy of Windows XP this will surely detect a new hardware setup and want to re-activate with MS.He's worried about ringing Microsoft to re-activate, so he wants me to ring. However i've never re-activated XP before and need a few pointers. (I've activated a few copies but not RE-Activated)Will this sort of upgrade be OK with MS (client wants to spend max of budget on hardware and not fork out 80 for OEM copy of Win XP - esp as he bought XP only 6 months ago) or will they say no?Do you get a new CD Key for future reinstalls??What info will i need when i call? He'll be there but i don't want to keep having to ask him info every 30 seconds...Anything else??

Answer:Windows XP Re-Activation After Mobo Failure

I've re-activated several, due to failures, (mobo, hard drives) all without problems, just went back on the net, and activated it as if it was a new copy...Hope that helps....

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Model #       17-f053usProduct #    G6R30UA#ABA Windows 8.1 I bought this laptop new 16 months ago and  both USB 3.0 port failed and it's now out of warranty.  I purchased a used mobo 763422-501 the same as the one in the computer now.  I've been reading on the board that after a mobo change you must reactivate windows 8.1 and the key is imbedded in the BIOS.  Is there a way to get the activation key from the BIOS before I start the replacement?  Do I need the activation key from the mobo that is in the computer now or from the replacement board? Are there any other pitfalls I might encounter with this replacement?

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If I upgrade my mobo and processor and install my xp that has already been
"activated" for my old system will microsoft let me reactivate it in my new system? For that matter if I reinstall on the present system that it is already on will I have to reactivate it?
I'm kinda confussed about this activation stuff.

Answer:xp activation after upgrading mobo and processor

and welcome to the Forum

If you reinstall, which is the smart thing to do, you will have to activate . . it's quick and simpole, even if you have to call. Don't let it bother you

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Hello!
My story is this. I had a Gigabyte-mobo that "died" some time ago, and as it was only 2 month old, I send it to RMA. In the meantime Microsoft was giving Windows 10 away, so I did not want to wait weeks before I could join Windows 10. I therefore got me another mobo (this time an ASUS). I installed my Windows 8.1 Pro, upgraded to Windows 10 Pro, it is activated and running well.

Now I have got the Gigabyte-mobo back from RMA. What will happen to my activated Windows 10, if I put my CPU, RAM aso., on this mobo to test if it is working? Well, it might not activate, but after failing this, how about when I reinsert the ASUS-mobo? Will it then activate again?

How do I test this Gigabyte-mobo? I really don't trust them, as they say they have "repared" the mobo. What to repair on a mobo?? Change the battery? So before putting it on sale, I want to be sure it is in good condition as they told me.

Answer:test of mobo - will this ruin my win10 activation?

If you don't have a second hard drive to use with the repaired motherboard, I would make an image of your current hard drive as a backup. If you just put the existing Windows 10 hard drive on the new motherboard, first Windows 10 will deactivate. But, more importantly, Windows 10 is going to have a batch of new hardware to install drivers for. When you go back to your ASUS motherboard, Windows 10 will probably activate itself again - but more importantly, it's going to have to go back to the previous drivers. I just think that switching those hardware drivers back and forth - without it being during the install of the operating system - is a recipe for disaster.

What about using a live version of Linux running from DVD or a USB drive to test the repaired motherboard and never put your hard drive on it?

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Code:
Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
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Windows Validation Data-->

Validation Code: 50
Cached Online Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004f012
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-MPTKF-XQK86-8WKXF
Windows Product Key Hash: 5P+0G/6hvLi9JAPS36JtW2yQCBI=
Windows Product ID: 00359-OEM-0631022-32752
Windows Product ID Type: 3
Windows License Type: OEM System Builder
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010300.1.0.003
ID: {AAAD2855-89CE-4F3A-81D0-DB1BE9ECFBC7}(1)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Home Premium
Architecture: 0x00000000
Build lab: 7601.win7sp1_gdr.150316-1654
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A

Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAExec.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAAddin.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Data-->
Office Status: 109 N/A
OGA Version: N/A, 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Office Diagnostics: 025D1FF3-364-80041010_025D1FF3-229-80041010_025D1FF3-230-1_025D1FF3-517-80040154_025D1FF3-237-80040154_025D1FF3-238-2_025D1FF3-244-800... Read more

Answer:Mobo swap causing re-activation issues

The major limitation of an OEM license is that it cannot be transferred between motherboards - it's locked to the first one on which it is activated.

If you're lucky, and get a friendly Activation operator on the day you try, you may be able to persuade them to allow activation on the new motherboard - otherwise, you're SOL.


telephone activation (operator calls)
Click on the Start button
in the Search box, type
SLUI 4
and hit the Enter key
follow the instructions, but when asked which service you require by the telephone ansafone, do NOT reply - this should force an operator to respond, who can deal with you

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Hi there

anybody else got this -- trying to personalize PC -got you need to activate windows before you can personalize PC.

Now what do I do !!!!!?!

Is this normal (I did an UPDATE rather than a new install BTW).
Cheers
jimbo

Answer:Activation woes - Windows needs activation to personalize

Hello Jimbo,

See if you may be able to activate with the same Windows 10 Technical Preview key below.

Product key: NKJFK-GPHP7-G8C3J-P6JXR-HQRJR

https://www.tenforums.com/windows-10-...l-preview.html

You should be able to use the same OPTION TWO below for Windows 8 in Windows 10 as well.

Activate Windows 8 Online

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hi all

is SLP loader functions the same as windows activator?

i'm using Win Server 2003 Standard Edition as my OS. currently, it's already prompting and i have 27-days left for activation

this all happened when i initiate System Recovery using the same CD installer i used to setup the same computer almost 3-years ago. i did so as it hung-up and i can't managed even to go into Safe Mode, as well, the so called Last Known Good Configuration but still to no avail

i used the same CD Key i used initially before but it won't accept or recognized it where it states that if my CD Key was right and still not updating then i should telephone Microsoft

wow!

can i do that when i'm not in the continental USA much more these computer was registered not under my name since it's only a hand-me-down or surplus which is beneficial to me

so i'm looking for SLP loader or windows activator (if it function the same way) intended for Win Server 2003 Standard Edition as it may resolve my issue

hope it's okay to inquire and that if it's not advisable to reply post in here, i welcome it through PM

Answer:windows activation (27-days left for activation)

If it's a valid key, you should have no problem calling MS to re-activate Windows.

It should give you an option to pick which country you're from on the activation window, and then a number to call.

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keeps asking for reactivation. does not allow reactivation. I used a registry cleaner. Maybe this is the problem. I have tried a few fixes on other forums. Please let me know what other info I need to share.

Answer:Windows 8 activation problem after 2 years of activation

Please Read: Activation troubleshooting

NB: Sometimes the report can be very long if there are lots of eventlog errors - so please post between <code> tags (# in the toolbar)

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ProDesk 400G1 MTWindows 8 was orignal operating systemUpgraded to Windows 10 recently Issue:   Replaced orignal mobo that crashed.  Original HP mobo crashed.  Replaced with higher version 2.0 than the 1.2 that it came with but same maker. Getting two errors:1. at boot up - Invalid Chassis Serial Number2. Windows 10 boots and works great - did not need to reinstall O/S - but Windows 10 does not activate Solutions?  Is there a way to fix this without reinstallation?   Something in BIOS/EUFI that needs updating?  Thanks, Darryl

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Hi guys , I installed ATI 2010 Home, Boxed version made a backup image to external HDD. got a message saying I had 30 days to activate trial version? I restored the backup image and I activated ATI , offline, I then received a message saying thanks successfully installed. When I access ATI now I get the same box asking for activation again. the options are Try out, Buy, Activate, Cancel . I was thinking of reactivating online , but am wary of further messing up the install . I have not registered the product yet , Had a look at the Acronis register page ( they tell you Not recommended to access the page) ? Any ideas with this one ? options uninstall , reinstall? Try activate online? Anyone experienced this problem?
 

Answer:Solved: Acronis keeps asking for activation after activation

Hi guys, this ones solved, I took a chance11 rebooted, connected to the internet, started ATI and reactivated online it worked . Same as last time only the ATI icon seems to be different, have tested it a few times and goes straight into Acronis without problems now. Done!
 

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Hi Gents,

Hope someone can help me here. I've been using a retail version of Win7 Home premium 64 for about 2 years now with no issues.

During that time I've reinstalled the product possibly 6 or 8 times. Excessive I know but when things start to go wrong I like to start fresh again. Anyway from memory the last 2 times I have had to use phone activation.

A couple of weeks ago I dropped my laptop and killed the HDD. Put in a new one and reinstalled Win. I've just tried to activate with no luck. I went to phone activation and being lazy I typed in my old code I had saved from last time.

Now I can't activate and when I try and open the phone activation box I get a pop up from the toolbar saying the copy isn't genuine and nothing more.

Is there a way to resolve this or have I pissed off the activation so much that I actually have to shell out for a new copy?

Thanks in advance and I'm located in Thailand if that makes a difference.

Code:
Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
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Windows Validation Data-->

Validation Code: 50
Cached Online Validation Code: 0x0
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-4MHKM-R9MG4-B9DC6
Windows Product Key Hash: fS2p+9FFNHo2N74fO2AYkN6aX6E=
Windows Product ID: 00359-312-2766597-85458
Windows Product ID Type: 5
Windows License Type: Retail
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010300.1.0.003
ID: {CABA53C2-FBFA-4CBE-BCEA-C50D8F29804C}(1)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
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Answer:Activation Fail and no Phone activation possible.

The error indicates mismatched ID's in the license.

Please first try recreating Licensing Store.

Recreate the Licensing Store
Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories
Right-Click on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator - accept the UAC prompt
Run the following commands in the Command Prompt window, using the Enter key at the end of each

net stop sppsvc
(wait until the service has stopped before entering the following lines)

CD %windir%\ServiceProfiles\NetworkService\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\SoftwareProtectionPlatform
REN tokens.dat tokens.bar
net start sppsvc
slui.exe

After a couple of seconds the Windows Activation dialog will appear.
You may be asked to re-activate and/or re-enter your product key, or Activation may occur automatically.
If you are asked for your Key, use the one on the COA sticker on the machine's case

Reboot and Post back with a new MGADiag report.

(Note: the Line 'CD %win......\SoftwareProtectionPlatform' is all on one line - it may be broken in the Forum listing)

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Greetings. We have Thinkpads T420s with LAN, Wifi and WAN interface.I've already put in a script when connecting to the LAN that disables the Wifi and the WAN interface. However the user is still able to activate the Wifi when connecting to the LAN, which is not wanted. As we work in a corporate network with Windows AD + GPO, we do not want a laptop to connect to two networks at the same time. We are using Thinkpad Connection Manager version 5 and I just tested the 6.There is no option that only one network connection is allowed in that application. So does anyone have a solution to just allow ONE network connection at any time?? Thanks.Guy    

Answer:block activation of a second network connection

I believe there may be something in Power Manager that will and may still be in current versions.When I got my ThinkPad I couldn't enable both at one time. In my case with WiFi on attempting to connect to a router if I plugged the patch cable in the WiFi was turned off. This was out of the box. I needed both working since I could not log into my router for some inexplicable reason. After some time I figured it out but took a while for the grey matter to venture down the road less traveled. LOL Turned out the ISP supplied router was updated by the ISP across their link and they enabled MAC filtering. Turkeys, didn't let me know. Anyway with both NIC's enabled I copied and pasted the N-6300 MAC address into the router filter table and the WiFi connected.Most notebooks seem to be configured with a connection tool that do that. I have seen it happen in Toshiba, Compaq, ThinkPad and other brands over many years. Now whether you can lock it in, that would be something else.I had to go in and change it in two Thinkpads so they're both active. That was last June so I don't remember where I accomplished it.





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Heres the situation. My brother bought a new laptop with vista, but he didnt realise he had to activate it. When he brought it to my house it had stoped working (because it had ran out of trial period time) i ran the laptop and it asked for the activation code which i typed in from the bottom of the laptop it then asked to connect to the internet and this is where the problem occurs i took the network cable out of the back of my desktop PC (on which the internet works perfectly fine) and slotted it into his laptop so i tried then letting it connect to the internet and activating but it could not access the internet ive tried several things but i cant actully access windows to mess with any settings. He said when he had the laptop at uni a few days before he left for the summer the internet was working fine on th elaptop (but the univercity's internet would be running through LAN?). Please help
 

Answer:Vista activation connection issue

Select the option in the Activation wizard to call MS via telephone, the PC will generate a code to pass to MS and then MS will give you a long number to type in and the laptop will be activated - no internet required.
 

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Hey everyone.
My Machine is an AMD Athlon with WIndows XP.
The other day I booted up my PC and it told me that I needed to reactivate Windows. I also wasn't able to connect to the internet. I re-activated Windows via phone and noticed my Device Manager window was empty.

My first attempt to fix it involved me going into regedt32 and selecting Hkey_Local_Machine/System/CurrentControls/Enum and changed the Permissions to Allow Full Control and under advanced I clicked "inherit from parent permissions."
After that I found out my Plug my Play was de-activated. That solved my problems for the Device Manager. It shows my Network card as being functional and the light is blinking.

I still have no internet connection and as far as I can tell no sound. I ran ipconfig /all under cmd and it shows that most of my Media States are disconnected (under all Ethernet Adapters). Also IP Routing and Wins Proxy are NOT enabled.
 

Answer:No Internet connection after Windows re-activation.

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I have a clean install of windows XP home SP2 running under Virtual Box, and activation thinks there is no internet connection. which there is obviosly is, because im using the VM to type and post this.
any thoughts on this?? id rather not use the phone method.
 

Answer:Solved: windows xp activation says there is no internet connection when there is?

i used phone activation, thx for helping everybody. oh ya it took 20min cuz it kept saying "what i didnt catch that" even though i was typing the numbers in and not saying them.
 

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Hi,
Now in 2016 I have this activation error on Windows XP Professional SP3.
Code 45123 Could not establish a connection with activation server.I checked my internet connection and I can get Windows Updates without problem.
How can I fix this error?

Answer:Code 45123 Could not establish a connection with activation server

FWIW
 
Activation errors don't vary by Windows version, so the info posted for Server can also apply to XP.
 
Louis

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Hi,
Now in 2016 I have this activation error on Windows XP Professional SP3.
Code 45123 Could not establish a connection with activation server.I checked my internet connection and I can get Windows Updates without problem.
How can I fix this error?

Answer:Code 45123 Could not establish a connection with activation server

FWIW
 
Activation errors don't vary by Windows version, so the info posted for Server can also apply to XP.
 
Louis

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Hello, I have my original activation key but when trying to finalize it, windows tells me this key is only for upgrades not for clean installs?

I had to to do clean install and it was from my original official backup disc so I'm not sure what the problem is?

Answer:Activation says my key is only for upgrades not activation?

Maybe you bought an upgarde disc and not a full install disc.

Use your original disc, not the backup.

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Question: xp activation

I have just bought a 2nd hand laptop for my fathers xmas but xp has 30 days to be activated. Niow how do i do this without net access ?? I was thinking of buying a card so i could use it via my broadband connection at home or can i do it from my pc via ms webpage? it is a genuine copy of windows in case you ask. Thanks

Answer:xp activation

There will be a freephone number on the screen. Just ring and follow instructions.

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Question: Activation

I just installed Windows 10 in a computer with a new hard drive. I used a Microsoft DVD. During installation I was never asked for a license key. After installation, I checked activation and it said "Windows 10 is activated with a digital entitlement" What gives? Thanks

Answer:Activation

What copy of Windows did the machine originally ship with?  If it had 8 originally then 10 has probably picked up the 8 key from the UEFI and used that to get the free upgrade to 10.

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Question: activation

hi

by what i understand if i do upgrade Microsoft stays with my id, later if i do a clean install i can activate.
so far so good

In case of laptops with windows 8 that key is on bios.

if i do a fresh install of windows 10 will i do the activation with no problems ?

Answer:activation

In the case of the laptop you have to upgrade from a qualifying OS(7,8.1) then you can perform a clean instillation/activation.

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Question: DSL activation!

hi allmy sister has a problem getting dsl enabled. she is in an active area and has contacted an ISP and has been told that a DSL connection is already active on that line.i think the problem is that the people who lived there before her had a DSL line but didn't de-activate it, so obviously she can't create another one.BT say she needs to contact the ISP that provided the connection before they can do anything to connect her, but, because it was the previous tenants, she doesn't know them and so cannot find out who the ISP is!!any ideas on how to gain this info would be most appreciated.

Answer:DSL activation!

If your sister has taken over the line, BT should be in a position to tell her who the ISP is.The only other way I can think of is to connect a modem and see who it tries to connect to.

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Question: Win XP Activation

I want to build a new pc but i.e. new motherboard, cpu, HDD etc. On my current PC I have XP pro which has been activated. When I build my new PC will I still be able to use the XP Pro that I activated on my old PC?

Answer:Win XP Activation

Yes... But you have to phone up the "activation line" to activate itYou also need to format the old system....

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Just a query with regard to activation of windows XP more then once. I have a genuine version of XP Pro and have not loaded it yet. However i generally tend to dump my HDD every now and then to keep it clean and clear of rubbish. I would assume that i can re-activate the software without any hassle when i dump my HDD and reload XP. Can anyone tell me if this is correct or i am up the creek when i reload at a laetr date?

Rumour is there are also cracks to convert to a corporate version?

Many thanks,
 

Answer:XP Activation more than once

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Question: Win Xp Activation

i am on a mac but recently used bootcamp to install win xp professional 2002. when i installed it i used my product key and it worked fine and everything ran smoothly. but when i went to activate windows it said i had used all of the uses of the product key. i remembered i had used it three times and understood that but now i am wondering do i have to reformat to use a new product key or just enter a new one where it tells me to enter it. also if i can like take a product key off another computer or do i have to buy it. if i do have to buy and reformat should i get home or professional
thank you
skyblue...
 

Answer:Win Xp Activation

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Question: activation

i have a symbol asking me to activate my 2007 Microsoft office suite, which I can't understand as windows 7 was pre installed on my acer computer when I bough it roughly 9 years ago help please, cant get rid of the symbol

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Question: Activation

My friend installed her dads XP on her old computer, and the activation countdown finished and froze her system. Is there any way to rescue her files?
 

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I want to validate batmansfield's uncle and his contention of a good copy of OS. Microsoft's windos is very peculiar when it comes to volume copies as intalled by any one of the major computer manufacturers. I changed a fried motherboard with full intentions of preserving the Windows XP OS, video, music and digital fotos, not to say the least, numerous games and their saved progress I have on my hard drive. The hardware is doing its job, but now I have to find a way to download all of the data into another system, and then perform a clean install on this hard drive. Microsoft can not validate in activation a Product Key when a component has been changed by someone other than the original computer manufacturer...as I understand it. It almost feels as if all of my data is being held hostage until I pay the ransom money for an Product key .

Answer:I need some help for Activation

Use the key, that came with the machine. Do a clean install, wipe the
drive with killdisk first.
If a error pops up about validation, call the phone number on the
blue screen, explain to the asian chick on the other end that the
mobo fried on your boxstore pc and you had to replace. Ive done
it numerous times, if you start with a clean drive though, you rarely
have a issue.

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Question: xp activation

i have just purchased xp pro and have installed it as a upgrade on my system running xp when i did the final boot to xp pro there was no activation icon in the task bar is this ok i presume i dont have to activate because i already have a legal copy of 98 help much appreciated

Answer:xp activation

Start Menu\Programs\Accessories\System Tools\Activate Windows

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Question: Activation

Hey Guys,

This is Just a question... That is if you Activate an OEM License Software it Ties it to the Motherboard it was Installed on then If I get a New Motherboard I would need a New Copy of Windows , Correct?

And if I added something like RAM Will I need a New Copy of Windows or Not?

Also If I ever needed to Reinstall Windows Will I need another Activation or will it be okay on the Motherboard It was originally Installed on?

Josh

Answer:Activation

I have installed new and more RAM without activation being an issue.
Don't know about Motherboard or Reinstall.

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Question: XP Activation

Hi Folks, Happy New Year,I have a legitimate copy of XP Home but being a bit a of fiddler I am always formating and re-intstalling my copy of XP Home upgrade edition, yes, I have to intall 98SE first. After my latest format I re-installed everything, I know, I know, I must be crazy, some people drink, some people gamble, I just fdisk and format!! I'm a fidler. Anyway.... I have just tried to activate my copy of XP Home and I get a message telling me I have done it too many times, what happens now after the 30 days? I am not buying another copy, the only other option I can see is the illegal one!! Help!

Answer:XP Activation

phone MS

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Okay, big problem I think. I recieved my new hard drive in the mail today and so excited I switched out my 250gb for my new 750gb without reformating or anything. So, now I am not sure what to do because it says my activation key is still active from my other hdd. Oh and if it helps I went from 32bit on 250 to 64bit on the 750.

I bought Vista Ultimate in 2007, so I have the RTM version of it. Hopefully someone can help me out.

Answer:Activation key help!

You need to activate your install.

If Vista came preinstalled on your system its what is called OEM. It will need to be activated by phone, online activation will "not" work.

If you bought it retail, online activation should not be a problem.

Welcome to the forums and if you have any other issues let us know.

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Hi, I am giving a XP Home OEM PC to a friend. It has been lying idle for months so I had to put a new MoBo battery in. It still has original HDD and hardware etc and activated in my name. I reformatted the drive and installed the OS in my friends name. Can I reactivate it at my BB connection or up at his house. I know I will have to phone Micro$oft to do this. Also if/when activated can I install M$ updates as he is on dial-up. TIA..Jean

Answer:Win XP re-activation

Yes.

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Question: xp activation

I have activated xp pro, (by phone)It said it was successful,but I keep getting the activate message. any ideas?...my days are running out!
 

Answer:xp activation

try to activate again?
 

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Question: Activation key

I have Windows 7 Ultimate. It has been verified as legal over the past few months
that I have had it. It came installed on the HP ProBook that I bought about 6 months ago. I am now being asked for an activation Key and being told that my Windows 7 is not genuine (and also that it is a 'default' version, I think).
So I need a new activation key. I have seen cheapish ones offered which claim to be genuine. My first question is whether or not these versions for around $29 are genuine. And are they safe? I also need to know if I can buy the activation key and type it in the "Activate Windows Now" box without actually reinstalling Windows, since it is already installed. Or are activation keys strictly limited ti a specific single product. I am very very untechy so do not like the idea of reinstalling. If Windows would just download as an "update" and recognise that my computer already has it, but still let me use the new activation
key, that would make things easier. Also I hate to pay over $200 for something I already have so would like a cheap, but legal option if possible. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Activation key

You already have a legit key that was purchased with your HP. Use the one on the sticker. If that doesn't work, you will be prompted to call Microsoft, and they will get you resolved easily. You shouldn't be thinking of purchasing anything.

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How do i upgrade from windows vista to windows 7

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Question: XP Activation

I have imaged countless laptops over the years using PowerQuest Deploy Center, I have never ran into many issues untill lately, after imaging a few IBM X40 laptops running Windows XP and deploying that image onto other X40'S I can't get those machine to activate XP, I am using the correct key codes and still it tells me that the code is wrong, so I figured I would use the IBM restore option to bring the machine back to it's factory state and image the machine with an older X40 image that I know works, yet still even after restoring the older image I get the same error when I try to activate windows, what is causing this? why would it still have this problem even after restoring it back to factory and then re-imaging? could I re-run Sysprep?

Answer:XP Activation

Did you use it more than 3 times?

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Question: Xp Pro activation

Hello folks.

I am still getting a count down for my windows activation (21 days to go), even though it is already activated.

When i click on activate i get


It does disapear when i click ok, but when i reboot i still get the same, but a day less on the reminder. Will this lock up on me in about three weeks time ?

Or anyone got any idea how to rid of the countdown reminder ??

Any help much appreciated.
Copper.

Answer:Xp Pro activation

Must be a Pro thing, the many times I have installed and activated XP home, it never did that.

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Question: Activation and SP2

Hi there,
I have ben using Win XP Pro for over a year fine, and activated it at the time of installation. I installed a vesrion of Sp2 and that was working fine..... i turn my computer on and it says i had 7 days to activate, 7 days later(i had been on holiday) windows wont log on cause it says i have to activate.???

now i know that windows can ask for re-activation after hardware changes but i havent altered anything.
 

Answer:Activation and SP2

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Question: Activation

Hello, Yesterday i bought a Product Key and i tryed to activate my Laptop. I used a usb to make the bootable drive. and installed Windows on this Laptop. And i needed to put the activation code while it was installing. that worked. but now, i have a laptop that is not activated. How do i do this? I hope you guys got enough information, Lesley.

Answer:Activation

Hi Lesley,What is your laptop model name, product number?Did your laptop come with an operating system from factory?Which Windows product key you bought?From where did you buy this from? Is this a Microsoft retail activation key?RegardsVisruth

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Question: xp activation ?

This is not a pirate question. I installed a new mobo in a dell comp and xp went to the blue screen of death. I reinstalled xp and thought when I go to activate xp , it would deny because it had been registered already.I typed in the key off of the dell case and it activated without any problems at all. Can someone explain the rules about activation to me ? I have two rigs running xp and both have crashed. but I only had to reactivate one of them. One crash was from a virus and the other was lightning.

Answer:xp activation ?

You need at least 1-3 major hardware changes, for activation not to work online(to activate it you need to talk to a microsoft rep.). They also track the cpu-id. Since your using the same cpu and your computer has had only 1 change it should be fine.

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Question: XP activation cr*p

I have bought Windows XP and installed on a computer with "Mobile Racks". It was ok for 2 racks, but now on the third one it tells me I have to phone Microsoft for reactivation. What is that B...S...? Does it mean that I have to buy another Windows-CD to be able to install it on ONE computer? And will I be able after reactivation to keep the other HDDs to the third one?

Answer:XP activation cr*p

Well, if it says call MS, I guess that's what you should do. I have no idea what their policy is toward mobile racks. I understand that their activation is good for up to about 30% hardware change and then you have to call. What really gripes me is that MS sees a motherboard as a computer. (And I always thought the processor did the computing . . .) If your motherboard burns up, they think that you have a new computer and need to re-purchase the operating system.

If you get info on this, come back and let us know.

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Question: Activation sms

Hello.
I try to get my google drive to work on my lumia 630, and google sending me an activations sms but i do not receive any sms. I have the same problem with my new installed Viber acount. I can receive sms messages from others, like family and friends

Answer:Activation sms

There may be several factors that cause this, but one of the most common is having the wrong country code or including the number "0" in front of the main mobile number.
For example:
In my country, the country code is +63. Let's say a mobile phone number is 09171234567. This usually becomes +639171234567 where the "0" is replaced by the country code. This number may not be the same as +6309171234567 at all times.
Note: the mobile number used above is an arbitrary number, not mine though it may belong to someone else. The number is readily producible, as it is 1234567.

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Question: XP ACTIVATION

Hi Fellows:
xp gives us 30 days to activete the software.
What happens on the 31st day if it is not activated???

Vitico66

Answer:XP ACTIVATION

you cannot use it anymore until you enter a serial.

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Question: XP activation

Few weeks ago I installed XP on my machine. Now is asking to to activate. unforunetely I don't have the original. Is there way I can by pass this option?

Answer:XP activation

if you do not have the proper copy to activate, then you are out of luck. You will have to purchase a legal copy.

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In the past, whenever I needed to reinstall XP on a machine, I would use a full retail version CD, then go through the activate-over-the-internet screens. I would then use the telephone activation. After reading the installation id to the computer, it would fail, then transfer me to the polite Indian person who would give me the correct activation code after I explained this was a reinstall. Sometimes I would need to give the correct license code (these were always legitimate licenses with the sticker intact), but usually not. I've done this hundreds of times.

Recently, on two occasions, (both with HP machines, btw), I have been transferred to the piracy-police section of MS, and told that my install won't activate unless I reinstall with the original OEM CD.

I like using the retail CD because it already has SP2, and I only need 100 or so updates to bring it current after the install. :-)

So...has there been a change in the activation procedure? Is there a better procedure for me to use, or do I need to start stockpiling OEM cds?

Thanks!!

Tuner

Answer:Activation changes?

it sounds like you did not purchase the retail version and they would know as soon as you gave them the serial
they are cracking down on pirated copies and on oem,now oem can only be sold with a full computer,a cable and a h/d and the like no longer qualifies
http://blogs.msdn.com/mssmallbiz/arc...1/4177790.aspx

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I bought my Windows XP Home Edition, installed it on an old machine, then I got a new machine and when I tried to use my CD key to activate it,it told me 'Its limit of usage had been exceeded.' Which is bullcrap, I payed 150 for that thing, i should be able to use as many times as I'd like......

My question is, am I doing something wrong, or is this just another one of MS's ways of getting you to give money to them?!?!
 

Answer:Activation Key?!!?1?!?!?

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Question: XP Activation

I was just informed by Microsoft that I can't activate my copy of XP on both the desktop and laptop. Is there any way around this Communistic Crap?
 

Answer:XP Activation

You can activate the same copy on two different pc's you own , you will however have to buy another license from microsoft to do this.
 

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Question: Activation key

I have a HP probook 6460b .I have installed windowl 7 32bit on my laptop ,I have product key written on back of my laptop , but it is not activating my windows , how do I activate my windows

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Question: Activation

Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10. Got a bad install.Reinstall Windows 7 (complete) .Got no upgrade icon on task bar.
Reinstalled windows 10 from ISO Disk. Install will not activate. Shows Lic key. Will it take time for the server to do the activation ?

Not having a update icon in the task bar Windows 7 mean that the first upgrade was installed ?

Answer:Activation

fred0843 said:

Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10. Got a bad install.Reinstall Windows 7 (complete) .Got no upgrade icon on task bar.
Reinstalled windows 10 from ISO Disk. Install will not activate. Shows Lic key. Will it take time for the server to do the activation ?

Not having a update icon in the task bar Windows 7 mean that the first upgrade was installed ?



Hi there

didn't you get a prompt for W10 during the re-install process. Refuse that (say later) . Install W7 and activate . Now go to windows Update in control panel and you should see Windows 10 offered as an update.

When re-installing W7 WIPE all the partitions off the old W7 partition / HDD.

Cheers
jimbo

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Question: XP Activation

Hi My son has bought new computer can anybody tell me how he can activate XP Home, he has no telephone connection at his home can it be registered from another computer or via telephone. Thanking You in advance.

Answer:XP Activation

You can activate via the telephone. XP will give you a number to contact as one of its options. You will need some information available on contact, again XP spells this out.

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2 laptops, both have insider pro on - now updated to 10240
both requiring activation
I have full DVD of win7 & win 8 pro with licences
to activate the laptops, do I have to delete win 10, and go back to win 7/8 to get a licence??
or is there another way to translate the licences??

Answer:Activation Win 10 pro - how

How long have you had the Insider builds running on the machines? If you've been an Insider for a while then 10240 should activate automatically, if you've recently installed an Insider build and updated to 10240 there's a chance it will not activate.

If you want RTM and opt out of being an Insider you would need to clean install W7 or 8.1 then run an in place upgrade either via Windows Updates or use the Windows 10 Download Tool to run from within your installed version of Windows.

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Question: Activation

I upgraded to 10.

Here is a pic of the activation status. Even If i clean install 10, It won't ask for key rite?

Answer:Activation

Hey mate,

When you upgrade with the free reserved copy from the GWX app on an activated Windows 7 or 8.1 PC, Windows 10 has a generic key included that will activate it.

If you clean or upgrade install Windows 10 without doing the above first, Windows 10 will not be activated.
Can I reinstall Windows 10 on my computer after upgrading with free upgrade?

Once you’ve upgraded to Windows 10 using the free upgrade offer, you will be able to reinstall, including a clean install, on the same device. You won’t need a product key for re-activations on the same hardware. If you make a meaningful change to your hardware, you may need to contact customer support to help with activation. You’ll also be able to create your own installation media like a USB drive or DVD, and use that to upgrade your device or reinstall after you’ve upgraded.

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Hi all can someone please help me for some reason my PC crashed and i had to re install win 8 i used the activation key to in stall all OK but when i tried to install media centre i was told i had to activate o/s first so i went to action centre to activate but it is saying i cannot use this key it is for upgrade not clean install.
Thanks in advance Dell

Answer:cannot use activation key

You've got an upgrade version of Windows 8.

See Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade and activate by Refreshing the Windows 8 Upgrade (Step 5).

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My new computer came with an activation key for XP at the side of the PC. I used that key once and now I want to activate Windows again because I reinstalled but it says I used it too often and have 30 days to activate.

Answer:Activation Key for xp

You must telephone Microsoft and explain your situation.

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Question: activation

hi my name Faisal and i have windows 7 home premium backup and install it to my new hard disk cuz my old hard disk is broken but when i install this backup to my new hard disk they didn't activate can you tell me how can i activate 

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Question: No activation

Help. I was an insider running 10240 my pc was originally on 8.1 after 29th I left insider program and downloaded windows 10 to pen drive, did a clean install, expecting it to automatically be activated. Instead it is not (it was before) the error code is 0xc004c003. I have no idea what went wrong. And I'm stuck.

Any help would be appreciated, starting to panic.

Answer:No activation

If you were trying to get the free Win 10 update, you would need to install & activate either Windows 7 or 8. Upgrade to Windows 10 (so Windows 10 shows activated), then at this time you should be able to do a clean install

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Question: Activation

I completed upgrading to 10.

Here is a pic of the activation status

So Now If I clean install this, It should be activated on its own and I don't have to enter any key rite?

Answer:Activation

wonder if using a general key..

win 7 home to new win 10 home key > -7M9GH-8HVX7

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Question: Activation

After I uninstalled my nvidia driver and replaced it with ATI because I switched my graphics card to ATI, Windows said I have to Activate it because alot of software and stuff was changed. It tells me how to Activate it;Start/All Programs/Accessories/System Tools/ Activate Windows. I click on it and and a Windows pops up, like this:

Nothing happens, inside how can I activate my windows?

Answer:Activation

Hello Liquiddragon,

Go here..................

http://www.microsoft.com/worldwide/

then telephone your nearest Microsoft Support Centre, and explain to them what has happened...you will need your original Installation Disk, as they will ask you a couple of questions about the security code number that's on the spindle hole.

Good Luck, and post back here with what happens.

Regards,

Dave T.

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Question: Activation?

Installed XP on my computer recently and it keeps saying I have to activate it in XX days. Do I really have to? As in, it won't work after the time runs out? I tried to activate it and I go to activate over the internet, don't want to register it, just activate then it brings me to a screen with "incorrect prouct key" at the top. It gives me boxes to type it in, so I do but the only options on the bottom are "Telephone", "Remind me Later" and "Retry" and when I type in the code and go to retry it it brings me back to the same screen. If the key was wrong how could I install it in the first place? Strange, help is appreciated.

I hate XP, but my MP3 software required it :(

Answer:Activation?

once the time expires you will not be able to use the computer
if the key will be accepted phone micrsoft on the number it gives you

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Question: Activation Key:

I bought windows vista last week and I took the 4 discs out of the plastic and threw it in the bin. Little did I know the activation key was on that plastic. (stupid place to put it!!!!)

Now it's in the back of a garbage truck.

Do I have to buy Vista again? I ordered it through work.

What do I do??!!!

Answer:Activation Key:

you have only one option and this is to contact Microsoft and buy a new key.
This thread will be closed before illegal activities are discussed

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Question: XP re-activation

After a RAM defect, my recovery disc would not function. System would not boot. With defective RAM replaced, and still not booting, I replaced the Hard drive -incredibly cheap now - and did a clean re-install using an OEM Windows disk purchased for another machine. All went well, & the licence code for this machine was accepted.It does demand reactivation, which is 'not available' on-line. Am I likely to have a problem, since this machine was originally a 'volume manufacture' with only a 'recovery' disk?

Answer:XP re-activation

Shouldn't be a problem; call MS and use the automated service via phone.

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Question: XP activation

Hi you all.

I have a small question.

I just built a new machine,a e6600 with a p5b delux mobo.
I installed xp using a old cd that i had(just because i havent bought a new xp yest)
I know that this isnt a leagel copy,but i thought that id install it and then i have 30 day to validate it.

bute here comes the problem.

I cant get it validated with the new key.

when i look at the system properties it says oem and dell,and i dont have a dell.
So i think that the cd i used was some kind of coperate version of a dell xp,

now i try to validate it with a key that i know works,that i use at work and have ok to use(its a multi licence key)
But i only get invalid key.

Does the XXXXXX-640-7721335-XXXXX from the system properties have anything to do with the validation?

Cause my com at home has XXXXX-Oem-XXXXXXX-XXXXX.

And if i change that will i be able to activate it?

Thanks in advance

n3m3

Answer:XP activation

we cannot help you with illeagal software problems
closing thread

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Question: activation key

ok my friend bought an Emachine computer
however his computer crashed, and i reinstalled windows xp using my upgrade cd i bought at best buy (his computer did not come with a restore cd)

ok now that i reinstalled windows xp its asking me for the activation key
i tried putting the one that came with the xp cd but it woudlnt work

so what do i do now?

how do i activate it.?

thanks.
 

Answer:activation key

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Question: W10 activation ??

I just activated my copy of w10 insider by inputting my product key for 8.1 pro which I own. I did this by going to settings update and recovery then, activation.It accepted my key,and now says windows is activated
Does this mean I don't have to rollback to 8.1 before getting the official release on July.
Would be nice to know that I wouldn't have to o through any bother when the time comes.
It would make sense to me that this activation should be enough to prove my validation for the upgrade
Anyone know ?

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Question: XP Activation

This is my first post guys so be gentle.
This topic has proberly been covered so here it goes

Got a pre installed copy of xp every 3 days it keeps asking me for the activation key, I go through the usual process phone Microsoft. I have changed the motherboard and added more Ram, new drives but the operating system is still the same. Now I think it might be either 3 things.

Faulty Ram

Cmos battery ( not sure on that one)

Software problem

When it is running I am also getting connectivity problems limited on no connection error. I am using the netgear wireless usb adapter which works fine I have tested it. But the software that comes with it wont run it runs in the background but I have no visual interface. Now here is the killer this pc is a emachines370 pile of **** hence the change in the motherboard but the copy of xp is legal which came pre installed. So the big question is can some body shed some light on this problem because I dont know how many times you can ring Microsoft.

Cheers Guys.

Welshdude

Answer:XP Activation

Actually, since you changed the motherboard, the XP license is no longer valid.

http://www.techsupportforum.com/arti...uld-i-buy.html

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Question: Activation XP

Hello,

My computer crashed and I re-installed XP on it and now I get the message to activate in 30 days or else. When I click to activate I get the message it is already activated. What does this mean?
I changed to date to 30 days ahead to see if the message would go away and now it just goes in lopes activate and already activated, even with the date changed back, it will not openanything but this activation screen.
 

Answer:Activation XP

Because you already activated it, microsoft basically wont allow you to activate it again. You have to call microsoft and tell them your situation. They will give you a code to fix it. I had to do the same thing for office xp....my comp got screwed up, so i reformatted....wouldnt let me activate...so i called ms, told them i reformatted and needed a new code, and they gave me one.

EDIT: the reason they do this is for software piracy issues...cant use the product if its already been used once.... one thing you should note though, because that screen auto pops up now all the time, you might have to reinstall xp again...ask ms about that
 

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I have a Desktop PC which I upgraded to Win10 with no problems. I also have a Laptop, HP ProBook which was also offered to upgrade to 10 which I did and gave to my daughter.

She attends University away from home, and I never had a chance to look at the laptop much. She graduated this week and came back home and I took a look at My/her laptop and found out, much to my surprise that Win10 never activated on it.

The original account, in which the previous Windows version was upgraded is still present on laptop, (my account), so I tried to activate from there and it was not possible.

The original license is no where to be found on the computer, i.e. sticker, but I do have the DVD to upgrade to Win 8.1 from Win 7 that came with it, which I never did.

I thought of using the credentials of the account in my desktop to create a new one in laptop, Microsoft account, but I am reluctant to do so, as I don't know how that would impact my desktop.

So my question is:

How to activate Win10 on laptop at this point?. If a reinstall Win 8.1 will it recuperate my previous license, (doubt it). Can I use the Microsoft account in my desktop on laptop at the same time and try to activate?.

Is there any other way to activate? Calling Microsoft maybe...

Thank you very much in advance for your sugestions

Answer:Win 10 No Activation

Check the OEM edition of the laptop.. run ShowKey first to check the edition - click the keys shown, to mask them ( then screenshot or save the txt file and paste the result here)

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Question: Activation

The actiuvation key is lost
i dont know what to do
suggestions?

Thank you
 

Answer:Activation

1. Call Microsoft and buy a new one...
2. Contact the computer maker/person who installed XP and see if they can help...
3. DL a key finder to locate the key (Magical JellyBean)...
 

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So,

I had Win 8.1 retail on my machine, updated it to W10.
Now I swapped the mobo and trying to activate W10 again.
It won't accept my old serial...is there a way to activate it? I thought retail (not OEM) versions could be transferred to a new build as long as they are removed from the previous build?

Answer:Activation with old key?

Actually, the way I had done it was wrong; I had used the ShowKeyPlus to reveal what was my original code and that was all wrong. Found the original serial and everything is fine, Windows activated :-)

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Question: Activation

I get a message to reactivate WIN764bit after installing a new motherboard, but before I can do it, the message dissapears and I cannot find the ACTIVATION link. Is it hidden on the PC.

Answer:Activation

Win 7 Activation...

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So,

I had Win 8.1 retail on my machine, updated it to W10.
Now I swapped the mobo and trying to activate W10 again.
It won't accept my old serial...is there a way to activate it? I thought retail (not OEM) versions could be transferred to a new build as long as they are removed from the previous build?

Answer:Activation with old key?

Actually, the way I had done it was wrong; I had used the ShowKeyPlus to reveal what was my original code and that was all wrong. Found the original serial and everything is fine, Windows activated :-)

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Question: Activation Key

I am looking to get an activation key for windows 8.1 pro.  My pc recently died and I decided to install a copy of windows 8.1 on my PC.  It works but the CD key isn't valid.  I had gotten it from school (ITI) and it was a 2 year license.  I guess i downloaded it more then 2 years ago because it won't activate.  Is there somewhere that i can purchase just the key itself for a good price.   The OS is working but will not activate. Just want to buy a working key.  I don't trust the ones sold on ebay

Answer:Activation Key

You are wise not to trust the one's on eBay.
I suggest https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/950929/

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Question: Activation key

Hello
I have a legal win8pro DVD given with my old hp laptop and I want to install it on my new hp laptop. But I do not know the product key. So how can I find out its key or obtain new one?

Thank you.

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Question: Activation

       Five Months (10/22/15) after I bought my new PC with pre-installed Windows 10. A note on the bottom of my screen appeared saying I needed to activate Windows. When I try to activate it there were only the last five numbers of my product key.When I t TRIED TO activate I received the message. "We Can't activate Windows Now .TRy Again LAter I bought the PC at Best Buy and had the Geek Squad  transfer my old files. I can't find the Product Key anywhere. I looked all over the box my new pc came in and on the PC itself. I found nothing.           I thought in the process of doing that they activated Windows. I never saw anything during setup telling me to do that. The only thing I changed ON THE pc WAS ADDING a external dialup modem, because I have dialup and  and had to have a new  DVD drivebecause my QUIt!  I couldn't understand after five months of use WHY I had to activate Windows. When I replaced the DVD Drive I didn't have a problem and that was after I added the modem. DOes anybody have any idea what happened or what I should do?                                                  &n... Read more

Answer:Activation

Helvi2, welcome to the forum. You should contact Micrsoft's Customer Service for help with your problem.  They should be able to help you without any problems.  I know that the Product Key is embedded in the BIOS with Win 8.0/8.1, but am not certain with Win10. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.

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the activation key will not work on my new pc the game is silent hunter 5 its saying that this activation code alread in use

Answer:no activation key for new pc

Is this the key for the computer's operating system, or the key for the game?If the game.. where and how did you purchase the game?If the operating system for the computer? was it working before you tried to install/run the game; and where did you get the computer from?Also make and model of computer is useful to include an "any" post you make on comptug.net forums

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I found this to be rather annoying today, but I was informed in the systray with a little star thingy that my "system had undergone significant hardware changes" and that I had 3 days to reactivate my copy of windows XP.

I was pretty sure I read at Microshaft, before putting in my new 300GB harddrive - that if all I was replacing was the drive, and I made no changes to the other hardware then I wouldn't have to re-activate. In fact I went to windows update lastnight and was able to download Media Player 10! Heck, I've been using this setup for 3 years now without a hitch, and the only significant change I made was the harddrive, which I understood wouldn't require re-activation.

So why was it only after redoing drivers for my Intel Pro 100/ VE Onboard Network adapter, that I got hit with the re-activation message? Had no problems with the old drivers for networking, using the onboard Eithernet plug, but the drivers were for a Ethernet PCI card with the same chipset that I had installed and removed awhile back.

Answer:Regarding Xp Re-activation. . .

I found this to be rather annoying today, but I was informed in the systray with a little star thingy that my "system had undergone significant hardware changes" and that I had 3 days to reactivate my copy of windows XP. I was pretty sure I read at Microshaft, before putting in my new 300GB harddrive - that if all I was replacing was the drive, and I made no changes to the other hardware then I wouldn't have to re-activate. In fact I went to windows update lastnight and was able to download Media Player 10! Heck, I've been using this setup for 3 years now without a hitch, and the only significant change I made was the harddrive, which I understood wouldn't require re-activation. So why was it only after redoing drivers for my Intel Pro 100/ VE Onboard Network adapter, that I got hit with the re-activation message? Had no problems with the old drivers for networking, using the onboard Eithernet plug, but the drivers were for a Ethernet PCI card with the same chipset that I had installed and removed awhile back.Your hard drive contains all the info sent to M/S so if you change it then you do have to re-activate it which is no problem if your copy is a genuine one. A harddrive is THE most significant change. Once you had installed the drivers for your internet connection then rightly so M/S found out you had changed your hard drive.If it's a pirate copy help is out there.Pip

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Question: xp activation

Hi,
I was wondering if there is a way that a pc can be reformatted with windows xp without having to activated within 30 days, as that's the message I keep getting after I reformatted my pc. Does windows stop working fter the 30 days if not activated?

Answer:xp activation

after 30 days i believe windows will go into a limited mode of some sort or stops working. u can just activate it over the phone or the internet

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Question: xp activation

Hi!

How much time do i have before i can reactivate xp home edition on another pc?

[i installed it on my pc, now i want to install it on my second pc, what will happen if i'll click the activation "keys icon" on my 2nd pc?]
 

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Question: XP Activation Help

I recently accidentally wiped my hard drive after trying to restore my master boot record, and I've needed to reinstall Windows. I have a Dell OEM XP SP2 disc laying around and I installed it without a hitch. My problem? It's on an HP. It constantly asks me to activate. Now I know this may be a stupid question, so be gentle. Can I call Microsoft to get it activated without any flak from them? I would call and try, but I'm kind of paranoid that they'll ask a question that will get me busted. I may be a worrywart, but I have to make certain before I call. Thanks for your help in adavnce.

Answer:XP Activation Help

an OEM disc is meant to stay with its original Motherboard..while you can get away with changing out the HDD, it can ONLY be activated with the MoBo it was originally activated with...

in short, no, you cannot activate your copy since you've put it on a different MoBo..AFAIK, you're gonna have to get a new copy of XP...they are usually on sale for around $130 for the OEM version...

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Question: XP Activation

Hi folks,

I just bought a SONY Vaio GRZ630 Notebook computer with WinXP installed.

I temporarily hooked it into my home network to zip on over to Microsoft and get my XP activated so it doesn't up and die in 30 days. Well....in looking around, there is no activation icon in the systems tray and there is no activation listing under

Start/
Programs/
Accesories/
System Tools

Which, BTW, the XP help center said there would be such things.....

So....what gives? Is this Notebook immune from activation thingy stuff? It gives the appearance of already being activated, but I can't tell for sure. Also....as added info....when I first turned the machine on, I was fully prepared to enter in the Product ID code like I have done with other Windows installs....but with this one...it just went through some SONY screens and dropped me on the desktop, ready to go.

Thanks.
 

Answer:XP Activation

Some computers like Gateways that come with a system restore disk have a volume licensed modified version of XP, most likely the disk won't work on any other PC since the registry key that activates it is somewhere on the CD and is tied to that particular hardware. No, it doesn't need activation. Like I said, there is a reg file on the disk that is installed when you run the restore disk that ativates it.

I actually feel manufacturers are short-changing people by these restore disks. I mean, you bought the CD, you should be able to use it on any PC you want to. They prevent piracy I guess.
 

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Question: XP activation

I have been left a PC which has an illegal Windows XP Pro on it. I have now purchased a legal copy, but do not want to format and start again. Can I use the new activation code for my existing circumstance and make it a legal copy?

Answer:XP activation

I would say no it wouldn't accept the valid activation key onto an illegal copy.

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Question: OEM Activation

Can someone explain to me, what the editor meantWhen he says that OEM copies of XP don?t useActivation, Page 91 June PCAdvisor.I bought an OEM copy of XP Home from a computer fair.I clicked the icon to Activate while I was on line,Nothing happened, except I don?t get reminded to Activate anymore.Am I Activated, or did I waste my time?

Answer:OEM Activation

my Son's new laptop came pre-loaded with XP home and Works Suite 2003, both OEM.They both had to be activated. He didn't have an ISP at the time, so we did it by phone. j.

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Question: Activation?

Hi,

Does anybody know if MS are going to continue with their activation scheme, as in XP?

Answer:Activation?

More than likely as it seems to be working (at least from Microsoft's standpoint) with XP. I would think that it will probably be an even more secure anti-piracy measure also.

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Question: Activation key

My laptop needed repairs and the tech loaded a VLK addition of XP and my computer will not validate it and says it is locked. My laptop is a Dell Inspiron 1150 which came with an XP (SP2) operating system disk, which I have, and there is an activation key attached to the bottom of the laptop. I wish to change to my valid key so I can get updates and be legal. I have sent emails to MS support who say they will get back to me but this could take months. Please could some one how I could change the key without having to reload all my software (a lot and hours of time).
Thanks Pip.

Answer:Activation key

Welcome to TSF.

From Microsoft's knowledge base: http://support.microsoft.com/default...;en-us;Q328874

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Question: XP activation

I need to install my legaly bought version of windows on my computer however the disc is very badly scratched. What can i do? Can i use any windows XP pro cd and use my valid serial number? Will that work? Will it matter if the serial number was for a version before SP2?
 

Answer:XP activation

Serial numbers work across all SP levels. Assuming it's the same type of XP, and the same type of license, your key will be fine.
 

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