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Moving to new computer - activation question

Question: Moving to new computer - activation question

I have a PC with Windows 10 Pro. I activated this Windows with a product key that I got over the phone from Microsoft because it was not possible to activate Windows 10 after upgrading from Windows 8.1.

In my Windows 10 Pro settings it says under Activation "Windows is activated using your organization's activation service." (What does that mean?) At least in this Activation window it is not possible to link my Windows 10 license to my Microsoft account although I am using this Microsoft account to log into the computer.

Now comes the interesting part. Something is wrong with my motherboard - it sometimes does and sometimes does not recognize my RAM (I'm sure it is the motherboard because this happens with my old RAM and also with new RAM that I bought because I thought the old RAM might be faulty). I therefore bought a new PC. This PC does not have any Windows installed.

Will I be able to move my Windows 10 license from the old PC to the new PC, and do I have to do this in a specific way?

Thanks for your help!

Greetings - desertman

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Answer: Moving to new computer - activation question

Open a command prompt (admin) (Win + X will bring up a list and Command Prompt [admin] will be in the list).

In the window run:
slmgr /dlv

Please post the results here. It sounds like you are activated with a KMS type activation which is reserved for corporations using volume licensing and there should have been no way Microsoft would have given you that.

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Okay, so here's the deal:

I built a computer, which left my old one without a hard drive. My mother has an outdated computer we picked up a while ago. After explaining just how outdated it was, I decided to move her hard drive into my old computer. The problem is that after I did that, Windows told me that it needed to be activated again. I called by phone, and the answering service said that my product key had already been used for installation, which makes sense because it was on a different computer...I guess.

So I go to change my product key, which requires the key that came with the computer. This key I entered, and surprise, it said that it's not valid, and the only number it offered for me to call to get a new product key is incorrect.

So what am I supposed to do here exactly? What's the -proper- way to go about getting a new product key from M$?

Note: The computer is SEVERAL years old, so contacting the manufacturer may not be advisable, because I don't know if we're going to be able to find the payment information.

Answer:Moving a hard drive from one computer to the next...activation problem

Your best option is to reinstall XP from scratch and enter a matching unused product key right away during the installation. Moving a system drive into another computer requires a clean installation to work properly anyway, the motherboard and devices are different and if you don't reinstall you'll face stability issues.

An XP Home product key won't work with an XP Pro installation & an OEM product key won't work with a retail installation. If you already have a retail XP CD you can order an additional product key for that version. If XP was preinstalled on the old system (your mother's hard drive) then what you have there is an OEM installation and you can't legally transfer it in another system and reactivate : once it's been installed on a computer it's married to that computer. You'll need to buy a new XP CD (this is a link to the cheaper OEM version, what I said about OEM versions above applies).

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I am building a new computer and want to keep all of my current settings if possible. When I switch from the one computer to the other I want to keep my firefox settings, ie settings, chrome settings, and outlook settings. I would also like to keep the recent items in my taskbar for the programs that are there if possible. Would anyone care to help or lead me in the right direction as to how to save all the settings I have for that? Thanks very much.
 

Answer:Moving settings from old computer to new question??

I am pretty sure you can'y save your settings. I might be wrong though, so it's always best to get a second opinion.
 

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I just bought a new computer and would like to move my 40gig drive from my old computer to the new one. The 40 gig drive is a second drive that I added to the old computer a couple of years ago. It stores my mp3's and mpeg's.

Is there anything I should be aware of that could cause me to lose all of the data on this 40 gig disk? When I add it to the new computer and make it the slave drive, will the diagnostic disk do anything to overwrite the drive? Does a drive have to be formatted and clean before it can be added to a computer?

Mike
 

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I'm going to be purchasing an Notebook, and have an Intel 330 series SSD I really want to use. The snappyness makes it too hard to go back to HDD

Do ALL notebooks on the market allow you to create restore DVDs? I know Samsung come with disks from the factory.

I can create the re-store disc and swap in my new SSD to do a clean re-install right? Yeah, silly question.

Not interested in cloning... beside, running the notebook on HDD will allow me to install Intel's "SSD Toolbox" and do a "secure erase" (cant erase SSDs used as boot drives) so its a win-win situation.

Answer:Silly question about moving from HDD to SSD on retail computer

Normally it should come with a factory restore partition, from which you can create restore disks. If it doesn't, then I would contact the maker of the notebook and have them send you the restore DVDs. I did that for my HP notebook and they sent them to me for no charge.

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I successfully moved my copy of WinXP pro to my now current machine. My old machine still starts up and is not connected to the internet. I was going to give the machine to my parents. I have tons of windows xp copies so using another copy is not the problem. I was just wondering what happens when you use the same copy on both machines. Will the old machine prompt for a new key? Just wondering.
 

Answer:Question about moving operating system to new computer

roaf85 said:

I have tons of windows xp copies so using another copy is not the problem.Click to expand...

Some how I doubt this, how/why do you have "tons of copies"?

The answer to this question determines the answer to yours.
 

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I am a developer who does work for the VA and a DoD contractor. I am under orders to change-out my Intel MB for an AMD Threadripper one. I don't make the rules - I just have to follow them.

I am on W10 Pro x64...

How do I move my license from my existing MSI MB and Intel CPU to a ASUS MB and AMD CPU?

Is it even possible?

Dave

Answer:Moving Activation to a new MB

Use Activation Troubleshooter in Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials

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Hello,
I need to move a virtual machine from XP mode in Win 7 to a VM in virtual box under Windows 10. And I have to activate the XP license. I only have keys from my old XP SP1 or SP2 which are not accepted.
So my question is: will a new XP SP3 key work? Then I would go and buy a SP3 box from a used software dealer or will this key also not work and I can save my money?
Best regards and thx in advance...
Dieter

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Okay, so two weeks ago someone put their foot through my Acer laptop screen. Rather than had it fixed, I decided to remove the 2.5 inch hard drive, and transplant it into my HP Pavilion Desktop.

The Acer was running Windows 7 and the desktop Windows Vista. I bought a 2.5inch to 3.5inch hard drive bay converter, removed the 3.5inch HD (4 years old with Vista) and replaced it with the 2.5inch HD (6 months old with Win 7 64 bit).

All the drivers were updated and I had a sparkling new desktop running Windows 7. The laptop carcass was then disposed of.

All well until I found a date ticker saying that I needed to activate the O/S. There was a product code already in the form, so I hit the Activate button. The reply came back that it was not valid. I certainly did not change it from when it was in the laptop.

What can I do? I obviously do not want to pay for a new O/S, since I had bought the Acer laptop with Win 7 and it is still only on one computer.

What are my options? Can anyone assist?

Many thanks,

Hal.

Answer:Activation required after moving hard drive from laptop to desktop

The reason its unactivated is that the late Acer laptop had a factory win7 activated via Acer oem activation- this type of activation is a brew of several components one of them being an oem marker in the bios. When you moved the hard disk to the HP, the bios marker and some other components went missing.

Theres no option other than buying a new license. The Acer license was tied to that computer, its not transferrable. However, since you already have vista, you can buy an Upgrade win7 license which is considerably cheaper than the full retail license. FYI, you can also do a clean install of windows using the upgrade disk.

BTW, that product code is not the product key, hence the error.

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If I was to transfer my HDD into a New PC, installed as the Primary Disk, where would I stand with regards to Activation?I know that XP would recognise the different components but would I be able to re-register? I wish to buy a base unit without O/S.Scouse

Answer:XP Activation Question

You would have to phone MS up and explain what you've done. If there happy that XP is ONLY on the new machine and NOT on the old machine as well = You'll have your new activation code ;-)

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Okay, I have 2 completely identical Intel NUC 5i5ryh units, same memory and same M.2 SSD. Other than serial numbers, they are identical units. I had genuine Windows 7 ultimate loaded on each. I upgraded one of them to windows 10 pro and got it setup 100% with the apps, settings, links, etc. I would like the other to be identical in its settings. So I did the the upgrade to windows 10 on it, and verified it was an activated windows 10 pro install, before proceeding. I was understanding that windows 10 activation via the upgrade was linked to the hardware installed at the time of the upgrade. I cloned the original NUC M.2 to the 2nd units M.2 (which already had an "upgraded" activated windows 10 pro install), changed computer name/description and it is NOTactivating.

My ultimate goal is to get the 2 NUCs identical in apps/settings, etc. and am trying to make it easy by using cloning. As the hardware was not changed in the 2nd NUC from when I had the basic upgrade install to the cloned install I assumed windows would see the matching hardware and then activate my cloned copy of the original.

Is there something I need to change other than the computer name/description to get this to work or am I screwed and having to go back to my genuine windows 7 install, upgrading to windows 10 pro and going through the entire personalization process to get it to match the 1st NUC? I tried the "force windows activation check" process and it didn't change anything.

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Answer:Another activation question....

Tried that recently and didn't work for me too. But doing a clean install on the target machine will activate it immediately. It will probably work when using a multi-activation key (one key for 2 or more machines).

For reference on installing identical settings on multiple machines, have a look at Kari's tutorial:
https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3...e-sysprep.html

Cheers!

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Hi, I have a strange problem. When I reboot the computer for whatever reason, it tells me that I have x number of days to activate xp. This is after a reinstall due to a virus. It was not a clean reinstall admittedly, but this problem is strange and I'm not sure that's relevant. After being told I have x number of days to activate, I choose to activate over the internet, but I cant, and why you may ask? Because it says I'm already activated. I really would like to avoid running into a situation where I have to reinstall xp yet again and go through the whole process of reinstalling everything, so any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Answer:xp activation question

phone ms they can fix it over the phone in a couple of minutes

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Ok my friends sony viao crashed and needed a clean install of win xp. I told him to bring over all of the disks that came with the computer. He gave me the box the computer came in and had no copy of win xp. He had his reg code on the windows sticker on the bottom of the computer. I had an oem copy of xp pro the same version he had a liscence for. It installed fine until it became time to activate it. It would not activate online. Can I just call microsft by phone and have them activate it? Thanks for the replies.

Answer:Win XP activation question

Yes you can. But since you used a OEM disc did it ask for a serial on install? I wouldnt think so. Most OEM's have the serial right on the install so it would be using the serial for your computer. Try changing the serial to his serial that is on his sticker and then see if it will activate. If not then call and telll them you had to format and it wont activate. They will guide you thru the process to activate.

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I've read the FAQ here and it says that my XP license is tied to my motherboard. However, I've had two motherboard failures in the past year and a half, and I've been able to reactivate windows each time without fuss - shouldn't I have to call up MS and explain that the boards failed? I'm pleased, but curious.

Well, it's been 1.5 years since my last format and I'm itching for a clean slate on a new hard drive. I'd like to keep my old drive around long enough to copy some files over before formatting it. There wouldn't be any issues with having two XP installations using the same license since I'm only booting from the new disk, right? Or would there be some sort of conflict?
 

Answer:Another XP activation question (sorry!)

Motherboard failure is an acceptable reason for changing the mobo according to MS. If you replaced the old mobo with an identical new one, it may not even trip a reactivation prompt. That said you should be able to reinstall fine. If you have to call MS to activate, oh well, tell the truth, and spend five minutes on the phone with Ackmed or whoever in India to activate.

You will end up with dual entries for OS's in your boot.ini. Easy to fix, but annoying. prolly be better to unplug one drive and install with just the drive you intend to use as your OS drive. Then plug the other drive back in once install is finished to get your data. Less chances of mucking it up that way
 

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Hi
i have a preinstalled pc which i have set up to my liking, i have took a image with Nortin ghost and want to apply this to the other 3 pc i have.
will i have to use individual product keys for each pc?

thanks
joe
 

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I just replaced a MB (same model different version) its up and running without XP reinstall I get a pop up telling me of hardware change need to reactivate windows

I have reinstalled before with this xp disk and activated it OK

But with a MB change what would be my best options to get it activated successfully.

Thanks for any help

Answer:XP Activation Question

According to Microsoft a new mobo equals a new PC. So if it doesnt go through the online activation you will have to call the Toll Free number.

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I am currently using a non-activated version of Windows 7 Ultimate, I was wondering if I bought Professional or Home Premium, could i install this over the top and keep all my apps/files? or would i have to buy Ultimate....?

Thanks, Jordan

Answer:Activation Question...

If you bought Windows 7 Home Premium/Pro, you'd have to do a fresh install to get it activated as you can't 'downgrade'. You could buy a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate and activate it and you'd keep everything.

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I read, in a post earlier, that the Windows XP activation number is supposed to be easy to find. Well I must say that I have had the hardest time finding it.
Soo... could anyone possibly tell me where the # is stored on both Windows XP and Office XP?

Answer:XP Activation Question

...on the cd? that you legitimately purchased? please be more specific.

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Maybe a little paranoid, but now that I installed a clean Windows 7 using an upgrade version on its own drive, and dual booting with Vista 32 bit, if I activate Windows 7 , will MS disable or deactivate my Vista? Cant afford that to happen right now. I hope the answer is no

Thanks again
Bill

Answer:Activation question

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Bray


Maybe a little paranoid, but now that I installed a clean Windows 7 using an upgrade version on its own drive, and dual booting with Vista 32 bit, if I activate Windows 7 , will MS disable or deactivate my Vista? Cant afford that to happen right now. I hope the answer is no

Thanks again
Bill


NO, they should both stay activated as there's a lot of dual boot systems out there.

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hello all,

I have done many formats over the years but this issue is the first time that i have come to wonder, "how does a pc/microsoft know when you have formated an OS and the product key is free again for use?"

So to get to my issue.. i have had a pc for a few years and recently i bought a new one. i want to install the same OS witht he same product key to the new PC. when i tried to activate it told me that the key had exceeded is uses and i though "oh snap.. i still have it on the old pc".

Lets say i just wipe clean my old OS.. lets say i toss the hard drive from a waterfall ( so to speak :P). will i then be able to get my win7 key to be usable again? or do i have to install a different OS on the old pc? ( or am i doomed?)

Answer:Activation Question

It depends on the type of Operating System, if it is OEM (pre-installed on the PC with no disk) then the operating system is meant to live and die on that machine, i.e. none transferable.

If you have a disk then I believe you are licenced to install it onto one machine at a time. You can activate the version by activating it over the phone (The number is provided when you select this option).

Dave

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I had a similar experience to the nearby thread, "Why is this install valid?".

I have a Gateway NV51B that had a bad HD. I put a replacement in, and then brought over a clone of an Acer 5354. As you know, Gateway has been owned by Acer for some time.

When all was said and done, the clone was activated without any effort by me. Subsequently I validated it online. All well and fine, but the question is whether the validation will prove reliable.

I'm pasting the MGA results here, and would appreciate any insight into the murky world of activation. Thanks.

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

Validation Code: 0
Cached Online Validation Code: 0x0
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-WJ2H8-R6B6D-7QJB7
Windows Product Key Hash: ckKNc+BBPDWmo1LUlOkraNjlQ34=
Windows Product ID: 00359-OEM-8992687-00006
Windows Product ID Type: 2
Windows License Type: OEM SLP
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010300.1.0.003
ID: {53E410E9-FC94-430A-B4FF-48292D497D2A}(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: 0x00000009
Build lab: 7601.win7sp1_gdr.130828-1532
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
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Answer:Another activation question

Type 2 OEM SLP - looks good to go.

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I just built a new desktop computer and will be installing W7-64 in a few weeks. My new computer has 4 internal HDD's that I can switch on and off. I also have an external USB HDD. Will I run into Microsoft activation issues if I run with different combinations of these hard drives? I just read a post where a guy turned off his wireless and Windows made him re-activate.

Answer:Activation question

You should have no problems whatsoever. If you do, give Microsoft a call and explain the situation.

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Hello All,

Little problem with a family members computer. It needed to be reformatted, but they didn't have any of their original discs. I had a XP home retail disc lying around, so I installed XP but it wouldn't take the OEM keycode. To save time, I used a "commonly available" keycode, figuring i could change the code later. This didn't seem to work well, so I thew an activation crack on there and thought I'd be done. (Lazy, I know, but they had a valid keycode so I didn't feel bad).

Of course, a few weeks later, they get the "this copy of windows needs to be activated..." and they can't do anything.

Any way to get this bad boy activated now, or am I going to have to find some OEM media and reformat again?
 

Answer:Win XP Activation question

What you do is do Phone Activation and tell them the OEM code and microsoft will activate it. Make sure they say its Only PC and they will ask the brand of PC and such
 

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Hi I recently did the upgrade deal and paid for a cd key for Windows 8 and have installed it on my laptop. I am planning on building a new desktop. If I sell my laptop and reinstall the windows 7 that came on it, can I use Windows 8 on my new system?
 

Answer:Activation Question

Technically i think you need to retain the software that you "upgraded", read the use agreement that you agreed to. I think Oldie is right it probably would work though.
 

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Hi.

I recently installed Windows 8.1 using a DVD, but I realized the product key was used on another computer. So, I was thinking of purchasing Windows 8.1 online from Microsoft, but it's $150! At a local store (Officeworks) they sell a Windows 8.1 full version DVD for a cheaper price.

Now here's my question:

Can I use the product key located in the DVD packaging to activate Windows 8.1 on my PC?
If so, will it work by going to PC Settings > Activate Windows > Enter Key?

Thanks in advance!

PS, these forums are great, and I'm getting used to using Windows 8.1, besides the constant popups asking meto activate

Answer:I have a question about activation.

Yes you can

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Hey,

I changed my RAMs and couple hours later got a Windows Activation request. Is this normal? Never thought RAM would trigger it.

Re-entering key didn't work either

It worked alright and activated after the agony of entering a thousand numbers over the phone, then on the computer.

As requested by Layback Bear, here is the report. One thing to note, I did install this OS, exactly 2 months ago (8th of April), I guess it was just luck that it happened the day I replaced RAMs


Code:
Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
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Windows Validation Data-->
Validation Code: 0
Cached Online Validation Code: 0x0
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-GRVWT-RXX8M-MHJY9
Windows Product Key Hash: 6Q2xDLQnzezbGoNkCi2Rzaas4bg=
Windows Product ID: 00426-491-0538633-85027
Windows Product ID Type: 5
Windows License Type: Retail
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010100.1.0.001
ID: {CDAFC4C8-3777-434F-9C23-D6BF25041DD1}(1)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Ultimate
Architecture: 0x00000009
Build lab: 7601.win7sp1_gdr.150525-0603
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
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Answer:Question about Activation

I have never had or heard of changing ram cause that problem and I have change ram many times.

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I was able to obtain a legit copy of windows 7 pro and key via my university infosys course, who were involved in the development and testing of the software. Initially when I installed the OS activation worked fine, however a month later I was unable to use the OEM keys on a different machine, so I'm guessing they were leaked and MS blocked them.

My question is, now that I've reached the deadline for activation, am I able to activate using a purchased OEM key from a legit online reseller for the same specific version of the OS (i.e. Win 7 Pro), or is the key specific for a particular installation and will I have to reinstall everything?

Answer:Activation Question

OEM is locked to one machine for life. If you purchase another OEM key, you can put it on a machine, but then again, you cannot use it for another machine.

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Just finished a fresh install of XP Pro on a fresh formatted hard drive.
Added all my anti-spyware programs, my AV and my firewall.
Hit Start, All Programs and went to the top to activate Windows, but not there. In the Taskbar there is no "Activate in 30 days" notice.
SIW shows that the OS is activated.
Have always had to activate a fresh install up til now, so what is going on?
 

Answer:Question about Activation.

Had to enter the key, but was not connected to the internet.
Did not connect cable until ready to activate.
 

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From what I understand, I should be able to do the following.

I plan to upgrade my m/b and cpu soon. I have a full retail version of win 7 (came with both 32 and 64 bit discs).

I intend to install the 64 bit version on the effectively new PC. I understand that with the full retail versions, one can transfer the licence to a new PC. How does this work in practice? I know that I cannot transfer OEM versions except at MSoft's discretion.

TIA

DrT

Answer:Win 7 activation question

You can transfer a Windows FPP license to another computer. Since you'll be using the same HDD you'll anyhow need to wipe the existing Windows installation in order to install the 64-bit version. I can see no problems.

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I will be purchasing xp home edition and was wondering if, when I get my new pc next year, if I will have to re-activate my windows xp. Also if I do a major upgrade, will this affect my activation. I have been using the same 98 program for years and it has seen several computers. I am not sure how this xp activation process works. Will I be able to use the same operating system every time I get a new pc?

Answer:xp activation question

Yes, moving XP to a new computer will require activation again.

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I installed Vista yesterday. At install time, it asked whether I would like it to become activated automatically. If I recall correctly, it explained that activation would occur in three days.

I have decided to buy a few more components for my PC and I would like to prevent Vista from becoming activated prior to these components being installed. Therefore, I need to cancel my request for automatic activation.

How can I do this?

Answer:Another activation question

Originally Posted by Torr


I installed Vista yesterday. At install time, it asked whether I would like it to become activated automatically. If I recall correctly, it explained that activation would occur in three days.

I have decided to buy a few more components for my PC and I would like to prevent Vista from becoming activated prior to these components being installed. Therefore, I need to cancel my request for automatic activation.

How can I do this?



Actually, you can safely activate without worrying too much about your new components. Unless, of course, you're planning such a drastic change (like a new motherboard, perhaps) then you'll need to re-activate.

But if you intented to add a few extras, or change you video card, then those changes will not interfere with activation.

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I bought an OEM copy of Windows 7 Pro x64 from Newegg. I installed it using the Product Key but did not activate it.

A couple days later I decided that I would build another computer and needing another copy of Windows, decided joining TechNet would be the cheapest solution.

So, I uninstalled the copy of Windows 7 Pro OEM that I purchased - again, it was never activated.

My question is, if I were to sell that OEM copy of Windows, can be activated by the new buyer?
Can I tell them it has never been activated (it hasn't) and that it will work for them?

Or has the act of entering the Product Key on install locked that OEM OS to that computer already?

Answer:Activation Question

If it is not activated then it is okay.go ahead

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I had XP Pro installed on my old GX520 Dell Desktop.

The PC died a horrible death and is sitting in my loft (wont be used again)

Can I reinstall XP Pro with the Dell XP CD on a non Dell Desktop that I have and use the product code from my never to be used again GX520?

Or do I have purchase another licence?

(The desktop replacement is also old and wont run Windows 7, plus Im happy with XP as I have Windows 7 on my main pc).

Thanks for your help with my question.
I am not interested in doing anything illegal!
 

Answer:XP Pro activation question

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When I installed Front Page I had to go through an Activation process to use the program on my desktop and laptop computers. I want to replace one of the computers. Do I have to get MS's permission again?
 

Answer:MS Activation question

fpat
It appears any of the products listed in this MSKB article will require activation after install or reformat. If you called MS to aquire a confirm number they said it may work on the same computer if a format is required. I am not sure if that confirm number given will work after you remove from old computer and reinstall on the new.
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q293192

Dave
 

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I have Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade.

I was wondering if it would be possible to use the Ultimate Upgrade 7 key to activate a Ultimate SP1 RTM to skip having to install the Home Premium I have, then update, then upgrade to Ultimate, then update again. In other words, to skip all the middlemen BS in-between on a Clean Install (and with a SP1 version, I only have the base disks right now - no SP1, and slipstream attempts have failed).

I know for a fact there is a way to do it with just the Ultimate Upgrade and key without even bothering with any other OS installed (blank drive, and using CMD) but I'd rather do it the legit way, with an SP1 Ultimate installer disk instead.

Not trying to do anything illegal here, I do own licenses to both I just want a way to preform a true Clean Install off of these and which will shave off considerable hours by doing it the way I said and just wanted to know if its possible before potentially wasting a burnable DVD trying.

Thank you for any and all assistance in this matter. I'm wanting to do this ASAP as system is now officially, extremely unstable (frequent BSOD's, mishandled exception errors evidently related to some kind of memory corruption going on - and other issues). So time is of the essence.

Answer:Activation Key Question

Hi,

Yes, you can indeed do that.

Forget the DVD installation method - use bootable USB technique:
USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

Download the x64 Ultimate SP1 ISO here:
Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River ? My Digital Life

Activate using the 25 character key on the back Upgrade disc packaging.

Regards,
Golden

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I have an OEM version of Vista Home Premium x64. I would like to install another copy on a different hard drive on the same system. Will the second installation fail validation? Will the first installation become disabled? What kind of side effects can I expect?

Answer:Activation question

Hello Torr, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Sorry, but unless you have another Product Key Number to use with that other installed copy instead of the one you are currently using, it will fail activation. You will then have a 30 day trial of it before you must enter the other Product Key Number or reinstall that copy again.

Your first activated install should remain activated.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi - I installed Win XP Home on to my PC in August and activated by telephone without a problem, from a genuine OEM and license.Now I have just come across entries in Admin tools/Event viewer every few days with a warning mark. When looking at the properties it says "your windows product has not been activated with microsoft yet. Please use the activation wizard within 30 days" If I look here - start/run oobe/msoobe /a the windows box comes up saying your product is activated. Which was done over two months ago.Has anyone ever come across this before and why should it happen and do I need to action??Thanks

Answer:XP Activation Question

Yes !! I activated XP on a system I built with a genuine XP Home OEM Disk and did all updates on my own B.B. I registered it in my cousins name (for whom I built it). When |I set it up at his place I got warning that hardware had significantly changed and I needed to revalidate even though no hardware had been changed.I phoned Microsoft and after 3 1/2 hrs on the phone with support in India trying to change things in the registry they finally gave up and gave me a new product key which is what I suggested they do in first place.After a reasonable time , I insisted thery call back at their expense which fair do's they did.From my converation with their support people this is not that uncommon an occurence with XP.I suggest you do what I did but make sure they call you as it is their problem and they should pay.

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Does anyone know if there is a way to activate windows without calling Microsoft or over the internet

Answer:Activation Question

What other options doe the activator say? Why can't you call them?

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Okay i have searched and didnt find what i was looking for. I have a PC that has a VLK on it. The Key is no longer Vaild. Go figure. But i would like to change the key to a valid on i have here. How can i go about this. There is no activation options or anything like that. I can seem to find the way to change the CD Key. Plus now with this new WGA i have the "You might be a victim of spoftware piracy" thing.

It is XP Pro with SP2.

Answer:XP Activation Question

You can change the key with rockxp

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I'm thinking about buying a Windows XP Home OEM installation disc...

However, once Microsoft chooses not to support Windows XP anymore, will I still be able to activate it?

For example, if I wanted to install and activate Windows XP 10 years from now, would it still work?

Thanks!
 

Answer:XP Activation Question

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do u think i can borrow a friend's copy of the xp cd and install it on my computer, how will i activate it
 

Answer:activation question

No, but I do think you can get this thread locked.

Try reading the rules.
 

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This is just an inquiry, if anyone knows:
Right now I boot 2 OS's on my lappy, one of them being Windows 8.... which I did the upgrade thing from 7 on. Now, if I decide I'd like to put this Windows 8 on a different machine of mine - is that something permitted with the licence? (I would be removing it from the laptop and therefore have no Microsoft OS on it anymore).
Not that I plan to right now, I'd just like to know my options.(legal options)

Answer:Question about moving the OS

From what I can make out, Full licenses can be moved - upgrades cannot.

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Aloha,
I just finished formatting and reloading XP Pro on a Dell 2400 machine and have a few questions. After installing Xp, there wasn't any window popping up saying to activate and I also tried to run "oobe/msoobe/a" and it said that it couldn't be found. Does this mean that since it is a Dell XP disk, activation is not necessary or it is built into the bios? This computer belongs to my mother-in-law and they are not connected to the internet. I had to reload because after the dell splash window, the screen just stayed dark so I also would like to know if this is what happens without activation. TIA

Mahalo,
doogdoog
 

Answer:Solved: XP Activation Question

Many OEM versions of XP that are shipped with the PC, are BIOS locked and unable to be loaded on any other PC, so activation is unneccessary.

Sounds like your case exactly.

If it was required, you would get a pop-up telling you, and finally stopping you logging on.
 

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I have XP Home, the serial is from my laptop. Well, I installed XP home a few times because I had to format. I installed it on my other computer, and now it says that the serial # can no longer be activated. Now, I have to reactivate when you simply change RAM! I find this unfair, I don't know about anyone else. If I own the OS, why can't I do what I want with it?

My question: If I was to PURCHASE my own copy of XP Pro, the full retail version can I reinstall it as many times as I like? Because if I can't, it's easier to.. uh.. you know rather then buying XP Pro and giving Microsoft all my money.

I hate using illegal stuff, that's why I try my best to avoid using XP or any OS illegally.

Thanks

Answer:XP Pro Activation crap.. question

I'm pretty sure Pro retail makes you reactivate too. What you're thinking of is the Corperate Edition, which costs a sh*t load. I'm not even sure you can buy it.

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I am planning to upgrade to windows 8 pro..I might buy the retail upgrade for 1999Rs.

So my questions are;
1.can i perform a clean install(i.e boot from DVD)
2.Suppose my os gets damaged can I install windows 8 directly and activate using the same key on the same computer without installing windows 7 first?

Answer:Basic activation question

1) Yes - but you must have an activated and validated qualifying OS installed on the HD first
2) No - Win8 *requires* that the qualifying OS is installed - but if you boot from the DVD it will offer to format the drive as part of teh upgrade process.

Win8 has some pretty hefty self-repair capability, so hopefully you won't need to reinstall.

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I've installed WIndows 7 Ultimate with an activation key on a PC. If for whatever reason I need to re-format and reinstall it -- will I get an error about the key already being used?

Couldn't find any details on this on the MS site.

Thanks.

Answer:Reinstall & Activation question

You shouldn't, but it may tell you that you have to call MS to validate it. If you do, just call them and tell them that you had to reinstall on the same computer and what the reason was.

Now, if you are asking can I install on a second computer, the answer would be no. One license, one computer.

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OK, silly me I bought The Full version of Windows XP Pro for my new PC Build.At the time My PC wasn't accepting my SATA disk, so I thought I'd try the new OS on my laptop (at time loaded with WinXP Home)Stupid Me though decided to activate it, now I have my new build fully up and running I came to activate XP - guess what:"According to our records, the number of time you can activate Windows with this product key has been exceeded"Its now telling me to ring this number.OK is there any way round this without ringing the number.Here's my idea: If i reinstall my laptop with the Home Version of WinXP, will it reconfigure the settings Microsoft Have and allow me to activate XP Pro on my new computer?Has anyone actually rang the number, I'm I going to get a slap on the wrist or am I going to jail?Please HelpKind RegardsHardy

Answer:Windows XP Activation Question

tell microsoft what you have told usand i think they do let you install it on your laptop aswellit has been known

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So I am in the process of upgrading my computer (basically a whole new computer) and I remembered back to when I used a 'legal' copy of XP I could only upgrade my computer like 3 times and then the key got locked and I couldn't activate it.

Well I'm part way though the build, got a new mobo, and tomorrow I'm getting yet another new mobo which I will be putting in along with a opty 170 processor. Well I wanted to re-install vista now just for fun but I figured I should do some research on how many times I can install it on an upgraded machine. Well I read that you can only register it 2 times total, your initial install and one time after an upgrade. I kept reading and they said the only way to activate it more than those 2 times was to call microshit, ermm microsoft, and activate over the phone. Well I looked on their site, and discovered its about as useful as their operating systems... I could only find numbers you had to pay $60 to use... Hell, I couldn't even find an email address that you didn't have to pay $60 to send a msg to...

So whats the deal? Does anyone know a FREE number so I can call microsoft and activate my LEGAL O/S? Im seriously really fed-up with microsoft, and am about ready to break the CD up and flush it down the toilet, then switch to Ubuntu.

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Answer:windows activation question

1-866-740-1256

Toll free activation number
 

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I have successfully upgraded my win 7 ult desktop to win 10 pro and all has been fine the last 2 days. Today I noticed that when I go to "settings/accounts/sync" and disable sync settings the desktop immediately has a activation error and says that windows needs to be activated. Now if I turn back on the sync settings the activation error disappears and desktop is now activated again.
Is this normal? Is their a way I can keep the activation without syncing to Microsoft?

Answer:activation error question

I haven't seen this kind of error before. Maybe you need to consult with an expert. This guy might be able to help: https://www.fiverr.com/umairhp/provi...puter-problems

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Excuse me if I am posting this in the wrong forums.

I was wondering if it is possible to get my version of windows activated on the same laptop because I had to get a new HDD and I installed my old version of windows back into it (Windows 7 Home Premium) and I used my product key. Or do I have to go spend some money to get a new code? Not to rush people but I got 2 days before I can't activate windows. (Starts today)

Answer:Activation Code Question

Hello Clank, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yes, you will be able to activate Windows 7 with the product key number on the COA sticker on your laptop. It'll either be on the bottom or under the battery. If you are unable to activate online as usual, then you could do a phone activation.


An OEM copy of Windows 7 is permanently tied to the motherboard of the computer.


Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I have a Dell win7 that I need to try and run a Repair Install (upgrade with hopes it fixes my windows files needing fixed). Provided was Reinstallation windows dvd. I understand those don't do a repair/upgrade, only a true reinstall of windows. So, I have downloaded an Win 7 64bit ISO. My question is when I use this for the repair, will my windows activation key found on chassis work? Or in my situation, must I just do a full reinstall?

thx
Jerry

Answer:Question on activation key usage

Providing the ISO you've downloaded is exactly the same version as the one provided by Dell, you can use your Dell product key to activate the repair install.

This tuturial shows you how.

Repair Install

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Last night I upgraded my Windows 7 laptop to Windows 10, went really smooth, and today I replaced the 500GB HD with a 500GB SSD and did a clean install. During the install it asked for my CD key and I typed in the Windows 7 CD key as people said the Windows 10 once upgraded would be tied to, and it said it couldn't activate. However, once Windows 10 was fully installed I went to the System window to go Activate Windows and it says it's already activated. Does it sound like it really is Activate or is there another way for me to be sure?

Answer:Question on Windows 10 Activation

It's really activated. The reason you couldn't activate it with your Windows 7 key is because only a Windows 10 key can activate Windows 10.

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As a member of Dreamspark Premium, how many times can I activate Windows with the key that is generated for me at checkout? I mean, if I decide to re install soon, would I lose my key? how many re installs can I perform?

Thanks!

Answer:Quick Activation question

I'm pretty sure that DreamSpark works just like MSDN and Technet. As far as I know, there isn't a hard limit on activations. I think it really comes down to a certain # over a certain # of days. I've never had trouble activating my MSDN keys just a day apart on different machines. You should be able to reactivate that Dreamspark Key as often as you would like to.

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What personal info (if any) does MS ask for when you are trying to get a product key activated? I've got a Office 2013 key that I uninstalled from my previous computer but still won't activate on my new computer and I guess I will have to call them.
 

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I have a custom built computer and I want to know if I buy windows 8 can I move it pc to pc? If no what happens if I change my motherboard or the SSD with windows on it? Is there anyway to be capable of changing some of my parts without having problem with windows license?

Answer:windows 8 activation question

Hello Vincent,

The upgrade Windows 8 has a retail product key number, so you will be able to use it to activate on any computer. You of course must have it removed from any other computer before activating on another computer.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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this has probably been answered often, srry if i didnt look long enough to find the answer.

if i screw up and have to reformat my gateway computer, if it had XP on it and i install xp with another xp disk, say my dell one. will i have to imput the activation key for that computer or will it already be there?

i dont know the key, i do have the hd still but i cant boot to xp
cuz if i have to put in a key then im in big trouble. if not that would be great.

Answer:quick question on activation

was xp originally on your gateway ? if it was the COA should be one of the covers or the top with the cdkey. If not DL this program and run it , it will recover your hp cd key and yes if it is an OEM xp it is what they call slipstreamed, which can be done with any ver of xp that will inputthe cd key automatically.

http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml

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I used to be a lot more enthusiastic about gaming, and built a pretty high spec PC in 2007 with 64 Bit Vista. However by 2010, apart from the odd foray here and there, I really wasn't into gaming that much. The PC itself has had a new CPU, Graphics card and PSU over its lifetime, and it does everything I want it to do just fine. (the PSU popped last year, and I was certain it would have taken out the motherboard and RAM too but amazingly all was well)
In 2012 I paid for a Windows 8 licence, and when Windows 10 came out I took advantage of the free upgrade.
This week my parents got a new PC as their old one was still running Vista, and they were having some issues. Not only did it run very slowly, but some websites were just refusing to connect. It took a while for the penny to drop that support had stopped and they had never used the upgrade to Windows 7 the PC had come with. With the recent hacking stories, and my Dads habit of clicking on links without a seconds hesitation, this was an accident waiting to happen.
We got them a new W10 PC, and I took the old one away to wipe the HDD and dispose off. However, I was curious to see how it would run with a fresh installation of an OS. It came with a recovery partition for Vista, so I re-installed it and was impressed at how well it ran. I then found my paperwork for my W8 purchase and decided to download an ISO of W8.1 and see how that went. Again, it runs really well and if I decide to sell it, a W8.1 machine is a lot more us... Read more

Answer:Licence Key / Activation question

Windows 7 and 8 versions are fully supported in their update to 10. No need to worry.https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win...-upgrade-paths

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I had windows 8.1 pro Licensed and upgraded to windows 10 pro. windows is activated and everything works fine but I have one strange thing. windows is activated but I see this next button. see picture below. If I click next I see window where i can enter windows key but windows is activated. My two friends also have windows 10 but tehre is no next button. So which kind of activation have I or why I see this Next button.

Thanks

Answer:Windows 10 Activation Question

A glitch because I do not have it.

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Should i reactivate XP after added new RAM?

Answer:Windows Activation question

Do you get prompted to reactivate XP?

If so, then the answer is yes.

If not, then the answer is no.

Louis

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Hello, I have a question about an old XP disk that I have. It was provided to my girlfriend while she was in college, by the university, but she never used it. I have the product key, however, the disk says it is "unlicensed". If I install it I am assuming that it will not pass windows authentication. If it does not, does anyone know if I can purchase a license, or has Microsoft stopped selling XP licenses? I couldn't seem to track down an answer on their site. If so, would this cost as much as buying Windows 7? I would prefer to keep XP, because my computer is older, and I am working on building a new one, which I will purchase Windows 7 for. This is a work in progress, and for financial reasons has to be done a little at a time. In the mean time, I have no desktop, because my current installation of windows has become unusable.

Answer:XP Install and Activation Question

Hi -
Is the CD branded as unlicensed , or have you attempted to install it and you get a message saying it is unlicensed -
Keep in mind that it may be a BartPE CD , which is a copy of XP and not able to be licensed , but they are able to be used as a "recovery CD" -
Links to these items are in Google under BartPE - These are good recovery CD's but they are not able to be licensed -

Thank You -

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Before Win10 released I was running a copy of the preview on a virtual machine. I was also signed in to the insider program. After release I upgraded my machine and deleted the VM. I also deleted the downloaded preview ISO.

I'd like to set up another VM. From what I've seen, the licence doesn't allow me to do that with my upgraded (from 7) copy, and I've seen the FAQ here that, if I understand it properly, suggests that I would need to reinstall the same version of the preview that I'd originally activated. I have no idea which version that was.

If I install a copy on the VM using the 10586 ISO I recently downloaded, will that possibly invalidate my licence? I'm assuming that the VM won't look like it's running on my physical machine, so it won't look like I've just clean installed Windows on the same hardware: if it looks like different hardware, will the activation (assuming I can't just put it off for 30 days or something) just fail, or could it revoke the real machine's licence?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Question about licence/activation on a VM

Hi NJMorf, welcome to the Ten Forums.

First the bad news, then an explanation: There's absolutely nothing? you can do to save your Insider activation for that deleted vm. Whatever build you will install on a new vm, you will need a valid product key to activate it. In other words you need to buy a Windows 10 license for the vm.

All Windows computers, be it a real physical PC or a virtual machine have a unique ID and signature. When you activate Windows 10 on any machine (again: a real one or a vm), the ID and signature of that machine will be stored on Microsoft activation servers. You can reinstall Windows 10 on that same machine without entering a product key because when online, Windows contacts those servers and checks that the machine has a so called digital entitlement to be activated.

Two screenshots to explain the above. First the latest Build 14251 on a Hyper-V virtual machine, clean installed. I had previously activated Build 11102 on this vm, let Windows Update download the build upgrade, created a Build 14251 ISO image and clean installed on top of the previous build without entering the product key. Because the vm ID and signature matched those stored by MS, the fresh installation was automatically activated:


Using the same ISO image, clean installing on a new vm, the machine gets totally new ID and signature. According to MS activation servers this machine has never been activated, therefore it will not be activated before I enter a valid product key:


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Ok. So I;m gonna format my aunts comp using her restore cd. But after I formated and reintsalled the os it never asked for a cd key. I used a cd that said its for distribution with a hp or a compac pc. SOOoooo I used a cd key changer and took the key off the side of her case and actived it. Now she is thinking about upgrading to a bigger hard drive soon. Do I use her same information (name address) to activate it when I put the bigger hard drive in?
Love STAN ur biggest fan
 

Answer:Windows activation question

Ron1jed said:

Ok. So I;m gonna format my aunts comp using her restore cd. But after I formated and reintsalled the os it never asked for a cd key. I used a cd that said its for distribution with a hp or a compac pc. SOOoooo I used a cd key changer and took the key off the side of her case and actived it. Now she is thinking about upgrading to a bigger hard drive soon. Do I use her same information (name address) to activate it when I put the bigger hard drive in?
Love STAN ur biggest fanClick to expand...

Why did you change the key when you restored from a factory CD? Chances are the install was preactivated at the factory and does not require you to activate it.

Registration is *optional*, there is nothing requireing you to submit personal information if you don't want to.

Once you get a bigger hard drive, you can either ghost it, or use the factory CD with the new HDD and start fresh again.
 

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I have a Windows 7 64-bit (non SP1) install disc but it always hangs on Windows Update preventing me from completing the install...I also have a W7 64-bit SP1 install disc which installs with no issues...I was wondering if I could use the SP1 disc to do a clean install but then use the CD key from the non-SP1 disc to activate it
 

Answer:Windows 7 activation question

It should work fine. I do this all the time at work, you can even install Home first and use a Pro key on it via the anytime upgrade tool (if you're missing Pro DVD).

Some keys won't activate until SP1 is installed, and I've never had a key that required SP1 to not be installed.
 

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Alright, so I've got a MSDN copy of Vista Business installed on my machine atm, 32-bit version. It's activated, all is well...

I plan on jumping to 64-bit, and I guess my serial is valid for both since I was offered the choice between the two after typing in my key in the setup.

So my question is, what do I have to do to reinstall the 64-bit version? "Deactivate" the old install before reformat, or just reinstall and call Microsoft and tell 'em "yeah, I just went 64-bit".

Hardware will be the same, the HDDs will just have gotten bigger.
 

Answer:Vista Activation Question

You can't "deactivate" your OS... just re-activate online will do the trick. You won't have to even call. I'm about to do basically the same thing but on a completely different PC (Moving from 32bit on an old PC to a 64bit on a newer one, and putting my older PC back to XP (I have a Software Assurance license of Utlimate).
 

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I recently had to RMA my motherboard due to a fault and decided to get a new one. I'm currently using Windows 8 Pro and used my existing key for the new motherboard. Of course, it failed to validate because the key was tied to my old motherboard. I called Microsoft and they gave me a number to activate my copy of Windows.

The main question is, the next time I format and reinstall Windows on my new motherboard, will I be able to activate my existing key on my current motherboard without issues over the internet or do I need to call MS again?
 

Answer:Question about Windows Activation

You'll most likely have to call again.
 

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I got some useful help here recently about how to update an old toshiba laptop, but before I got around to doing the update my daughter decided she wanted to update her Samsung series 9 laptop from win7 home premium to win10 home. I was helping her with that when a circuit breaker tripped and we lost power. (The battery needs replacing obviously). It crashed the computer in a bad way. I tried doing a factory reset, but it said that the recovery partition wasn't valid. Samsung support said my only option was to bring it to the nearest service center (800mi away) and pay to have the disk restored (since it is now out of warranty). But we didn't have time for that, so I did a clean install by booting (UEFI) to a win10 home install USB stick that I created with the media tool. (I probably should have restored the C drive from the last image backup on the external USB drive made with Acronis, but I didn't think of that). Windows 10 is now running great but it won't seem to activate. Perhaps I should have known this, but I thought people were telling me that microsoft now allows you to use the old windows 7 key to activate windows 10. This was an OEM windows 7, so maybe not?? Before starting I had saved the windows key using Belarc Advisor, so we have that (The key must be saved in the bios). We even tried entering that product key manually, but windows 10 still does not activate. (It gives an error code 0x80041023). I suppose we could still go back to the last win7 image, but ther... Read more

Answer:Sorry ... yet another windows activation question.

I don't have an answer for you, but I have a question :
You said " Before starting I had saved the windows key using Belarc Advisor"
Why ? This is a laptop with OEM Win 7 Home Premium. The product key has to be at the bottom of the laptop. Please have a look.
If you find the key at the bottom of the laptop, compare that with the one retrieved by Belarc.
If they do not match, use the one at the bottom of the laptop for activation.

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I've bought a retail version of Windows 7 Ultimate, and I would like to try it out right now through virtual pc. But I'm unsure if there is any limit to how soon before I can transfer the license to another PC (my new build, which is still 1-2 months away)

My questions are:
1. Is it ok if I activate it in a virtual PC now, and again on my new PC 1 month later?
2. Do I have to call them for the 2nd activation?
3. Can I activate it on a 32 bit version now, and then reactivate it on a 64-bit version later?

Thanks.
 

Answer:Question about Win 7 Retail activation

The main thing you need to know is that you never should put in the key and activate during the install. You get 30 days off the bat, and someone will post the commands (I forget) to rearm that timer. Then, when you are sure, load it natively on the PC, load your drivers, and take advantage of that 30 day time to make sure the system is running right before you activate.

In fact, I wouldn't even bother with virtualizing it. You can run the Upgrade Advisor now, and even if you try it out in a VM, you still aren't seeing it to it's full potential, or using your native hardware. Image your current install, load Windows 7 natively, and try it out. Once you are set and happy with it, pop in the key and activate. If for some unique reason you can't get it to work, lay down your image of your current install, and you'll be back up and running.
 

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Hi guys,
My laptop came pre-installed with Windows XP Home, but I didn't get a Windows XP CD just a CD from the laptop supplier which installs XP along with a load of other crap. I decided to format my hard drive and install XP Home fresh, wihout the crap, so I borrowed a friend's copy of XP Home OEM and used my CD Key, which is stuck to the bottom of my laptop. The installation went fine, but now when I try to activate Windows, it tells me the CD key is invalid. Browsing through some pages on the internet I've figured out that the pre-installed version of XP Home my laptop came with was also pre-activated. Will Microsoft let me activate my non-pre-installed version of Windows XP Home if I can provide my own CD Key?
 

Answer:Windows XP Activation Question

Yes, as long as it hasn't been used or activated before, and it's the correct product key.

OEM versions need an OEM key, retail use a retail key and so on.
 

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Hello, forum

I purchased a computer from the IT at my job. Unfortunately, he used Volume Licensing to activate my copy of Windows. The license has expired, and I need a new one. Do I have to buy a full version of Windows 8.1 Pro, or will Windows 8.1 Pro Pack solve my problem. Are these the only methods to get a legal activation key/code.

Answer:Windows 8.1 Pro Activation Question.

I believe the Pro Pack thing was a glitch that has been resolved. Check the computer, there should be a Windows License sticker on it somewhere with a valid key (unless it's new enough to use SLIC, in which case you need the reinstallation discs for that specific computer).

The computer should come with a valid Windows license, but it might not be Windows 8 Pro and so would mean a wipe and installing the original OS is required.

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My friend's computer is originally pre-installed with Windows XP with the COA on the CPU.
Then they upgraded the OS to Windows Vista Home Basic by purchasing the full upgrade of Windows Vista Home Basic with a new COA.
Now, the computer loads very slow and they want it back to XP.

My question is,
If ever I uninstall Vista on that computer, and re-install Windows XP can I use the old COA of the computer on that PC?;and
Will I be able to use the Vista COA on another PC?

Answer:Activation/Deactivation Question

COA?

ken

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My grandmother has purchased several computer games for when her young grandchildren visit. These games must be activated after they're installed for them to work. She keeps having computer problems and has had to reinstall and reactivate the games a couple times. Most of the companies have a rule that you can only activate the game five times, after that I guess you have to buy it again. I suppose they do that to prevent people from sharing the games. We were wondering if these games can be put on a CD so she wouldn't have to worry about activating them. She doesn't want to share them she just doesn't want to have to purchase them again.

Is it possible to install these games to a CD (or flashdrive) so the game can be ran off the CD and they don't have to be activated but only once?

If it's possible to do this but you don't want to say how to do it, that's understandable. I just want to know if it's possible to do this.
 

Answer:Question about activation problems

what type of games are they and where does she buy them from?
 

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Hello,

I have a notebook that came preinstalled with Windows 8. I recently had to send it in for service regarding a power issue. I wiped the hard drive before shipping it out and just got it back a few days ago. Per protocol, the service center reimaged my hard drive with the factory standard OS. What I find odd, though, is that I checked the activation key with third party software, and it's different from the one that was on the computer when I first bought it.

My question is, what happens to my old activation key? Does Microsoft "think" it's still activated on my notebook?

Thanks.

Answer:Preinstalled activation key question

Welcome
I do not think it matters what Microsoft thinks. If you buy a computer with Windows installed, you must use it only on that one computer. It cannot be used on any other computer. So bottom line, installed or not installed, you or no one else will be able to use it.

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hi..i'm thinking about buying xp home next week and using it on my computer at the moment..obviously i'll have to activate it...BUT..i want to buy a new computer in December and install it onto that(naturally)....what are the rules for XP ? do i have to re activate on the new comp and cancel the old activation ? am i allowed "legally" to install it onto another comp or do i have to buy another xp disc ?

i'm not worried i just want to know where i stand...cheers guys

Chunter
 

Answer:quick activation question

Howdy

XP Activation

Everything I have read indicates that reactivation is not nearly as difficult as was originally believed

buck
 

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I have a friend who installed win XP home ed. and she lost the sticker thingie with the product key. So she tried using mine but now windows won't let her activate (it says that the number is not to be activated).

What can u do if u lost the number?
 

Answer:question windows activation

Call either MS or if it came pre-installed call the computer mgf. Explain your situation and they will most likely give you a new key. You will need to prove ownership ie receipts, etc.
 

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I need to activate my XP again at MS but it says I am out of times to do so. What number do I need to call to get a new activation code and what do I tell them why I need to.

thx
 

Answer:Solved: MS activation for XP question

1-888-571-2048 for those in the US. You'll have to have the activation wizard up while you do follow the telephone prompts.
 

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Here's my story. I bought a Gateway laptop last fall with the forms for the express upgrade to Windows Vista. I got tired of waiting for my upgrade disk to show up so I bought an OEM copy of Home Premium and installed it on the laptop. I never input the activation key as I knew I had 30 days to try it before I had to. Well low and behold my Express upgrade DVD showed up in the mail today. So I put the activation key from the Express upgrade into windows and it activated with no problem.

Now comes my question. I used the OEM disk to physically install Vista onto the laptop but the Express upgrade key to activate it. Now I have an OEM disk and activation key that are "unused." Will this cause a problem if I install the OEM disk on another computer and activate it with the OEM key?
Thanks

Trevor
 

Answer:Vista Activation key question

Nope, I have one disc I install all my copies of Vista off of (mostly Business and Home Premium) and just use a key I assigned to that PC. Its all about the Key with Vista and has nothing to do with the disc, well except Upgrade and Full since you can install an upgrade full using a full disc, lol.
 

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I did search for this, however, was unable to find an answer, so I apologize if it was already discussed.

Anyways,

I have Vista Ultimate [32-bit] oem copy. I installed it on my last motherboard [p5n-e] and activated it w/o a problem. Currently I upgraded to the eVga 780i motherboard and installed the same Vista on it and tried activating it and received an error message. It said the key was already activated [I'm assuming it was from my previous motherboard].

What must I do?

I am still very new at Vista, so any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advance for those who help out.
 

Answer:Vista Activation Question

You must purchase another copy of Vista for the second machine, simple. It is possible to call Microsoft and get a new key that you could use on the new motherboard, but unless the old motherboard became defective, died outright, caught on fire, etc then you'd be abusing the priviledge. Microsoft is not obligated to give you a new key but instead ask you to purchase a new copy of Vista.

If your old motherboard became defective or died, they usually understand that hardware does go bad, dies, etc and are willing to provide you a new key to use once again. All of this information is kept on file at Microsoft, so a pattern of this type of "upgrading" will have a negative effect in the long run.

But, if your mobo died, give 'em a call and see what happens. Explain it, and maybe you'll get lucky.

If you just decided to upgrade for better equipment, then my original suggestion is valid: you have to buy a new copy of Vista.
 

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Hey all..just a quick question...

I purchased Win7 OEM and installed it on a new 80GB SSD that I just got for my laptop. I havent activated windows yet on that drive and decided that I want a bigger drive instead. My question is...since I havent activated the OEM windows yet, am I still able to install and activate it on a different drive?

Thanks

Answer:Win7 Activation question..

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

In a nutshell, yes.

That's the beauty of the 30-day trial activation period as it gives you a fighting chance to sort out any hardware issues before you activate Windows.

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At work, we have the Win 7 64 bit enterprise version.

They gave me a product key that I use to activate Win 7. So I install it, and then change the product key and it activates. I use the same key each time..

They said I could put this on my work laptop that I really use for personal use at home.

Could I instead, use it on my home desktop that I use for work? Could they see this and cause me issues?

I wasnt sure how this worked in general..
 

Answer:Question on Win 7 Enterprise activation

I wouldn't do that.
why? well, the key technically belongs to the business you work for, and the laptop belongs to them also.
the desktop? well, not so much.

is that something I would do? No.

Would your business or MS ever find out that you put it on your desktop instead of the laptop? 99.9% chance of them not knowing.
 

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Hi. I built a modest gaming rig a few years ago. Purchased Windows 7 for the OS. After installation, I activated the Windows 7. I took advantage of the free Windows 10 upgrade. After downloading and installation, I activated my Windows 10. Few years pass, I start having troubles with my OS. Windows key won't work, can't click on icons on the task bar, etc. I attempt multiple fixes, but still have continued various problems. Then I use a program called ReImage. It fixed my problem. But now, Windows 10 is asking me to Activate it again. I don't have any codes. The rig is the same, with all the same components. Will this be a problem if i attempt to activate Windows again?

Answer:Windows 10 Re-Activation Question

Originally Posted by Steve Jordan1 Hi. I built a modest gaming rig a few years ago. Purchased Windows 7 for the OS. After installation, I activated the Windows 7. I took advantage of the free Windows 10 upgrade. After downloading and installation, I activated my Windows 10. Few years pass, I start having troubles with my OS. Windows key won't work, can't click on icons on the task bar, etc. I attempt multiple fixes, but still have continued various problems. Then I use a program called ReImage. It fixed my problem. But now, Windows 10 is asking me to Activate it again. I don't have any codes. The rig is the same, with all the same components. Will this be a problem if i attempt to activate Windows again? Try using the windows 7 key you used initially to upgrade.

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i have original windows 8.1 installed on my dell inspiron 15 3000 series ..... i don't have the product key it is not written anywhere .... i am upgrading to windows 10 from 8.1 as it don't ask about product key if your windows is genuine ..... but i want to install clean widnows 10 from iso that are now available but i have read that will ask about product key .... i don't have that then how will i activate that clean windows 10 ? if i skip product key then after that inside windows 10 again same product key issue ?
so i only left with this upgrade and stick with it option :( ? help

Answer:windows 10 activation question

Try this tool to get your product key.ProduKey - Recover lost product key (CD-Key) of Windows/MS-Office/SQL Server

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Hey guys so i have a laptop with windows xp tablet edition but I just built a desktop so I'm wondering can I just use my laptop's cdkey to install windows on my new desktop? or does Microsoft do hardware checks at activation?
 

Answer:Windows Activation question

Nope u can't
 

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A client brought his friend's computer, just the tower, for me to fix. I hooked up a monitor, keyboard and mouse and booted up. It said I needed to activate the OS. Could this be because I am using different peripherals than the original configuration? I know that they award a point system for changes.

So my question is this: If indeed this is the problem, how can people take their computers in for repair without having to haul the whole thing in?

I usually do on-site support and this is the first time I've had to deal with the annoyance of MS's activation policy.
 

Answer:XP activation question-peripherals

cybernia_nyc said:

Could this be because I am using different peripherals than the original configuration? I know that they award a point system for changes.Click to expand...

Peripherals such as printers, keyboards, monitors etc, do NOT count towards those hardware changes that are you talking about. In fact, no peripheral device (except a docking station) counts towards the hardware changes.

Here is the list of hardware devices that MS applies towards re-activation.

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/evaluate/xpactiv.mspx
 

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I bought a PC that had Vista Home Premium OEM 64bit on it. The PC has a trashed motherboard (AMD). I stripped down the PC and am going to an Intel system in the case.

Included is the Vista disc in the original clear plastic case and the COA sticker is on that case.

Will I have problems installing Vista on a whole new hardware setup and then trying to activate it?

Thanks!
 

Answer:Question about Vista activation

Yes you are going to have a problem activating it as it's an OEM disc that was packaged for that specific hardware build. You may be able to get the rep to re-activate it by claiming a motherboard failure (which is true in your case). But the fact that you are building a whole new system and using the disc may be an issue.
 

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I got some useful help here recently about how to update an old toshiba laptop, but before I got around to doing the update my daughter decided she wanted to update her Samsung series 9 laptop from win7 home premium to win10 home. I was helping her with that when a circuit breaker tripped and we lost power. (The battery needs replacing obviously). It crashed the computer in a bad way. I tried doing a factory reset, but it said that the recovery partition wasn't valid. Samsung support said my only option was to bring it to the nearest service center (800mi away) and pay to have the disk restored (since it is now out of warranty). But we didn't have time for that, so I did a clean install by booting (UEFI) to a win10 home install USB stick that I created with the media tool. (I probably should have restored the C drive from the last image backup on the external USB drive made with Acronis, but I didn't think of that). Windows 10 is now running great but it won't seem to activate. Perhaps I should have known this, but I thought people were telling me that microsoft now allows you to use the old windows 7 key to activate windows 10. This was an OEM windows 7, so maybe not?? Before starting I had saved the windows key using Belarc Advisor, so we have that (The key must be saved in the bios). We even tried entering that product key manually, but windows 10 still does not activate. (It gives an error code 0x80041023). I suppose we could still go back to the last win7 image, but ther... Read more

Answer:Sorry ... yet another windows activation question.

I don't have an answer for you, but I have a question :
You said " Before starting I had saved the windows key using Belarc Advisor"
Why ? This is a laptop with OEM Win 7 Home Premium. The product key has to be at the bottom of the laptop. Please have a look.
If you find the key at the bottom of the laptop, compare that with the one retrieved by Belarc.
If they do not match, use the one at the bottom of the laptop for activation.

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I have an XP disc from Gateway that I had from my old computer. I just built my own and installed windows with this disc.

It requires me to activate this within 30 days. I will get a new XP cd in order to activate, but I was wondering if I have to reformat and install using the new XP cd in order to activate it successfully, or from the XP I already have installed, can I just enter in the activation key from the new CD and it will work?

Answer:Windows activation question

Just try to activate it again...... And it will ask you for a new CD-KEY when the old one does not work. Just type the new one, and it will go thru..

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I have a Dell Windows 98 restore CD lying around in it's original packaging. I also got a Dell OptiPlex GX150 that I'm fixing up. According to the service tag, it came with Windows 98 SE (Intrestingly, the part number on the plastic of the Windows 98 Media and on Dell's website when I looked up this computer's service tag are the same). Though, there is no COA on the OptiPlex and there aren't any sticky reminisce of there being one, though there are scratches around the marked position so maybe all the residue could have been wiped off. But I'm not even sure if there was one there to start with. Since I don't think my Windows 98 manual or CD has a product key, could it be that the product key is stored inside the computer? Or will I need to be fishing a Windows 98 product key from somewhere?

Answer:Windows Activation Question

The Dell disk should install ok because it will detect a Dell motherboard and shouldn't ask for a product key. It's legal too if the system came with Win 98 so it would have a Microsoft license for Win98.
You'll have to install the Win 98 drivers for your specific hardware (eg, chipset, video card etc) in the correct order right after you finish installing Win98. You can choose the drivers your system needs here.
Is it worth the time/effort to install an ancient OS on such ancient hardware? You won't find antiviral or anti-malware software for Win98 that's up-to-date so there'll be no protection if you go online, etc.
Note: Since this system has probably been unplugged for a long time, you may need to replace the motherboard battery before you do anything else.

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When you call Microsoft to activate Windows XP and they give you those sets of numbers to enter in the activation screen, are those numbers saved anywhere in your computer?

I was going to write them down as they were given to me, but I didn't get a chance to.

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Answer:A Question About Windows XP Activation

Good queston . . I asked them one time if the one they gave over the phone was the string I should use if I had to reinstall and the response was no . . that I should use the original COA . . even though it may require another phone call . . but I did not check to see what was captured in the system
 

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SO. I have two computers, my LGA 1150 Gaming Rig, with Windows 8.1, and a Dell 790 LGA 1155 system, with no OS, which I just put together.

What I would like to do is buy a legit copy of Windows 8.1 for the Dell, and call it good. However, I'm having trouble finding a legit version of 8.1, and Win 7 is at EOL, and I suspect that Microsoft will stop supporting it fairly soon, a la Win XP, so I would like to avoid that route.

My plan B is to buy a copy of Windows 10 for my gaming rig, and use my existing legal copy of 8.1 on my Dell. The kicker is that I have had several drive failures recently in my gaming rig (let's see, I had a 500 GB HDD die, a 1 TB drive die, and a second 1 TB drive started giving the click of death, but it had the MBR on it, and my OS drive was not in GPT, so I had to reinstall each time). Basically, I'm worried that if I upgrade my gaming rig to Win 10, Microsoft won't let me activate 8.1 if I installed it in the Dell.

This is further complicated by the ancient video card I have in the Dell, it's actually a Radeon 4350 mobile chip on a PCIe 2.0 addin card. I believe it was marketed as HD 5000 Mobile, or some BS like that, and it's actually really difficult to find drivers that work due to how old it is, and the fact that it's a Mobile chip. The only way I can get drivers for it is to install an antiquated ATI (yes, this card predates the purchase of ATI by AMD) program that automatically finds drivers. My fear is that... Read more

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********** WARNING!!!!!!    Newbie Alert!!!!!!!!!!  ******** I have a T520 with a SIM card slot which I ordered. I stuck my Petro Canada SIM card (runs on the Rogers Network) into the slot but nothing happens. Is there more configuration steps to take? Thanks, Rob.

Answer:T520 SIM activation question

Have you called and activated the SIMM with the numbers off the SIMM. That is a must for any carrier.Other than that I would not know. If the broadband module is on (check Fn-F5) and see if it shows there and on.





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