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Activation woes - Windows needs activation to personalize

Question: Activation woes - Windows needs activation to personalize

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

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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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Okay, this is somewhat convoluted but I'll try to explain it as clearly as I can...

My old (self-built) PC was running Windows 8.1 Pro which was itself an upgrade from Windows 8 Pro and purchased direct from Microsoft when the OS was first released. A while back I upgraded the PC to Windows 10 Pro and activated it without issue. It has been happily running Windows 10 Pro for a month or two.

In early January I built a new PC and installed Windows 10 Pro (November Update) on it. Even though it was all new hardware I was able to activate it using my Windows 8 Pro key. I gather Microsoft added this convenient feature in the November Update which meant I didn't have to install Windows 8.1 Pro first and then upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. The old PC was disconnected and no longer in use. It's HDD was removed and erased.

All was fine until I decided to give the motherboard, CPU and RAM from my old PC to my son. These parts were used to build a PC for him and Windows 10 Home was installed on it as an upgrade from Windows 7 Home Premium (which he already owned). His machine activated with no problems.

Shortly afterwards, out of nowhere, my new PC declared itself no longer activated and will no longer accept my key. The error message is that it is being used on another PC, which it most certainly isn't - it was but it isn't now! Now, I can see how Microsoft's activation servers could get confused with this hardware 'musical chairs' but how do I fix it, if indeed that's the cause of the... Read more

Answer:Windows 10 activation woes. Can anybody help?

I am in no way an expert in this particular subject.
One thing I know for sure is.......................
Motherboard is the computer. You switch mobo, you switch to a new computer.

The Win 8 Pro key is embedded in bios which resides in the Mobo.
Your son is now using it. Therefore the product Win 8 Pro product key is considered "in use', although your son was using his Win 7 key to activate his pc.
To MS , it makes no difference. Your son is using the mobo where the Win 8 Pro key resides, therefore the Win 8 Pro key is "in use".
Your Win 8 Pro is an OEM version. OEM key is not transferrable, it lives and dies with the original mobo.

I could be way off wrong. But that is how I understand it.

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Okay, this is somewhat convoluted but I'll try to explain it as clearly as I can...

My old (self-built) PC was running Windows 8.1 Pro which was itself an upgrade from Windows 8 Pro and purchased direct from Microsoft when the OS was first released. A while back I upgraded the PC to Windows 10 Pro and activated it without issue. It has been happily running Windows 10 Pro for a month or two.

In early January I built a new PC and installed Windows 10 Pro (November Update) on it. Even though it was all new hardware I was able to activate it using my Windows 8 Pro key. I gather Microsoft added this convenient feature in the November Update which meant I didn't have to install Windows 8.1 Pro first and then upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. The old PC was disconnected and no longer in use. It's HDD was removed and erased.

All was fine until I decided to give the motherboard, CPU and RAM from my old PC to my son. These parts were used to build a PC for him and Windows 10 Home was installed on it as an upgrade from Windows 7 Home Premium (which he already owned). His machine activated with no problems.

Shortly afterwards, out of nowhere, my new PC declared itself no longer activated and will no longer accept my key. The error message is that it is being used on another PC, which it most certainly isn't - it was but it isn't now! Now, I can see how Microsoft's activation servers could get confused with this hardware 'musical chairs' but how do I fix it, if indeed that's the cause of the... Read more

Answer:Windows 10 activation woes. Can anybody help?

I am in no way an expert in this particular subject.
One thing I know for sure is.......................
Motherboard is the computer. You switch mobo, you switch to a new computer.

The Win 8 Pro key is embedded in bios which resides in the Mobo.
Your son is now using it. Therefore the product Win 8 Pro product key is considered "in use', although your son was using his Win 7 key to activate his pc.
To MS , it makes no difference. Your son is using the mobo where the Win 8 Pro key resides, therefore the Win 8 Pro key is "in use".
Your Win 8 Pro is an OEM version. OEM key is not transferrable, it lives and dies with the original mobo.

I could be way off wrong. But that is how I understand it.

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I have 2 legitimate dell windows xp discs. One is home , and the other is professional.
I got these discs with about 10 others when i was given a dell laptop which is kinda old now , and the keyboard has ceased to work.
so , i thought i'd install them on my machine after i had a problem with Comodo time machine , that involved me having to wipe the C drive and go back to square 1.
They install ok , but the product keys wont work , even though they are legitimate copies and have certificate of authority stickers on base of laptop.
So now i have an OS that has to be activated within 30 days , but have nothing to activate it with , cos the keys dont work.
I tried to register via telephone and entered the 9 x 6 batch of numbers , which should have given me a confirmation ID , but instead said it couldn't give me the ID and warned me that my copy of XP might be pirated.
What can i do ?
As xp is now discontinued , I cant buy a "new" copy online , but even If i could fork out for a brand new copy of windows xp , is it gonna do the same , or is this only occurring because the CDs are OEM products that came bundled with the dell laptop , and are therefore tied to that machine and that machine alone ?

Apparently the licence type is OEM SLP .
Also , This is a music computer so i deliberately dont have internet access on it , because of viruses etc.... , and the net connection in our home is wifi , but my music pc has no wifi connection / adaptor.

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Answer:windows xp activation woes

Dell OEM disks can only be used on dell computers either desktops or laptops period.They cant be and arent supposed to be used in an other brand of computer.Thats why you cant activate it.You might want to try getting the correct xp restore/recovery disks that you need from acer.Support for windows xp SP3 is until 2014.
 

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I have an older laptop that my kids have been using. It was running like crap due to malware. As there was nothing of importance on it, I chose to simply start over. My Windows XP pro disc was the first version. I loaded it and found out quickly that Microsoft no longer supports anything below SP3. No problem! So I spend 3 days off and on downloading and adding updates to make this machime usable again. I found a nifty little piece of software here called Driver max. Paid for the "Pro" version to save myself some time getting driver updates. Used it to update every driver that it reccomended. Seems one of the drivers I downloaded didn't work. Killed my network controller. Fine! So I do a system restore to go back to yesterdays setup! Now! I get a message from Microsoft saying that the hardware on my machine has changed significantly, so I must re active windows. OK! Pain in the rear, but whatever. NOW it says I have exceeded the number of times it can be activated. What the heck?!?! Is there a way to fix this?
 

Answer:Microsoft Windows XP Activation woes!!1

>> NOW it says I have exceeded the number of times it can be activated. What the heck?!?! Is there a way to fix this? <<

Re: XP Microsoft Product Activation

There is actually no limit on how many times you can activate a single system using a single key. What does happen is that online activation will stop accepting the key if you activate repeatedly in a short period of time. In that circumstance, you can phone Microsoft Product Activation Center. You may be asked to provide extra proof of purchase, such as the details on the COA (Certificate of Authenticity) sticker. You might want to have that COA handy when you call. As long as you have a valid license they'll be happy to give you an activation code any time you ask for one.

Related Links:

Microsoft Activation Centers Worldwide Telephone Numbers
http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/existing-customers/activation-centers.aspx

How to find a phone number for a Microsoft Product Activation Center
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950929

How to activate Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307890

Somewhat Related Links:

A virtual agent for your Microsoft Product Activation questions:
http://support.microsoft.com/gp/cu_sc_prodact_master#tab1

Piracy Basics - Microsoft Product Activation
http://www.microsoft.com/piracy/mpa.aspx

Windows Product Activation (WPA)
http://www.aumha.org/a/wpa.htm

Good Luck...

COMP
 

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If I take my machine offline for a day or so, I get a little message in the bottom-right corner of the screen telling me that my copy of Windows seven is no longer activated.

To resolve that I have to go back online and then into the control panel, opening the system area and suddenly Windows remembers that it's official+activated.

Why can't my Windows seven work just like my old Windows XP did and actually REMEMBER that it is activated?

Answer:Offline time equals Windows activation woes

Interesting. What kind of license do you have- retail or oem or system builder? Offhand I can just think of the permissions problem that sometimes causes random deactivation, but I dont know what being offline has to do with it. In any case follow the steps on this MS page.

Windows 7 displays "Windows is not Genuine" with an error code of 0x80070005

Another thing you can do is to download the MGADIAG tool from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012. Run it once when you are activated and once when you're not. Each time, click on the Copy button at the bottom of the tool, paste into Notepad and save as .txt file. So you'll end up with 2 files, name them sensibly and upload here. I'll take a look at them.

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I cannot believe this. I truly cannot believe this..

I had a virus on my machine about a week ago, which I foolishly got when installing Samsung kies software from a non-trusted source. I was in a hurry, on the phone with someone, and I just installed it using all defaults rather than being careful, so I wound up with a virus. I managed to get that removed later, but my machine just did not run as snappy as it should of afterwards, despite devoting some serious time to cleanup. So, I opted to reload Windows. Call it early summer PC cleaning.

I purchased the upgrade version of windows 8 back when it originally came out for $39 bucks. I thought it was a pretty dang good deal. I have been using it ever since. A few months after in came out, Microsoft started giving away free Media Center upgrades, which I went ahead and took advantage of. I have a genuine Windows 8 DVD set, and in that set, I have my genuine product key, along with my upgrade to Media center product key, all of which is nicely stored in a little desk drawer here.

Unfortunately, my product key does not enable me to get an iso of Windows 8.1, so to re-install windows, I had to use the original DVD, then go through close to 115 updates, then update to windows 8.1, a process which I completed yesterday afternoon. It took about 3 hours. All good though, that is what spring cleaning is all about.

This morning, I clicked the Add Features to Windows button, and entered my Windows Media Center p... Read more

Answer:OMFG!! Reloaded windows yesterday!! Major activation woes!

This is why I keep doing full Operating system drive backups every month...

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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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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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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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Question: Activation woes.

I cant even activate with a legit CD key..does anyone know a way to get this freakin POS to work?
 

Answer:Activation woes.

What does MS say when you call them?
 

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Okay, so a while ago my brother gave me his Acer desktop computer with 7 Ultimate on it. The motherboard had gone toast and I replaced it with another Acer motherboard. It's from a different model, but still has more or less the same specs. Same CPU socket, RAM type, etc.

When I fire it up it constantly reboots during start up (found out he had put "xdark" on it), so instead of trying to save the current installation I just do a clean install using a 7 installation ISO and the product key that came with the computer. Now here is where it gets fuzzy. It won't activate, but it is genuine according to the MS genuine check online. Can anyone shed some light as to what is going on?


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: *****-*****-GJY49-VJBQ7-HYRR2
Windows Product Key Hash: W5/6nm6F2UPXrCkY5xUhXb/+21g=
Windows Product ID: 00426-OEM-8992662-00006
Windows Product ID Type: 2
Windows License Type: OEM SLP
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010100.1.0.001
ID: {0B004A86-E6CF-4A6C-839B-17937694EB91}(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.130828-1532
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A

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Answer:Activation woes doing my head in...

Where did you get your Windows 7 ISO from? Your copy of windows may be counterfeit, but I'v asked the experts to look at it...

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Did a dual installation of Windows 10 per the great instructions posted by member BRINK.(Thank You)
I started with 32bit PC running Windows 8.1 Pro which was a paid for upgrade from Windows 7 Home.
All went well till activation.
The windows 10 installation says it has product key ending 3V66T an installation only key. (Say's key is blocked, makes sense)
I queried the new key from the installation & got key "A".
When I try to change the key to A from the settings app I get "0xc004f050", invalid key.
When I try to change the key A from the Command Line I get 0xC004F050, invalid key.
When I go to the Windows Store, they want $199.
Anyone got a clue?

Answer:Dual Installation Activation Woes

Did you enter the '3V66T' key during installation? If so, that's where you went wrong. When Win10 asks for your key, you always have to skip it and after the OS is installed, and you have logged in with your MS account, Win10 will activate itself with this key. There is no need to manually enter it, because this won't work.

I think only people who have purchased a license will need to enter the key during installation.

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Hello to all. Thanks to any with constructive suggestions.

One of our "protected" workstations was invaded by various viruses and they apparently targeted vital OS files. Win XP x64 OS notified of "critical OS files being deleted/changed", but the session BS'ed before I could do anything.

I repaired the OS from an original x64 - SP2 disk, but now it simply fails to complete the Windows logon and gives the "This copy of Windows must be activated with MS before you cn continue. You cannot logo on until you activate Windows."

I can get into safe mode, but of course can't activate windows from safe mode. Most data has been backed up (will finish the rest later), but there are many difficult/time-consuming-to-reload progs loaded on the C: bootdrive, so I'd prefer not to have to burn that session and rebuild everything from scratch if possible.

Nothing has changed, same bootdrive, same Win session, same machine.

Problem is MS and the activation process. Now it's getting harder and harder to get through to MS, as they don't want you to fix XP PRO x64, they want you to BUY another Win 7 (which we also have...)

Any suggestions?

Answer:XP Pro x64 - had viral crash, repaired...now activation woes

Sorry, I finally did what I always tell others to do...I searched the forum for answers...and found Hardak's solution at: http://www.techsupportforum.com/f10/...on-425881.html

It worked for me too. Thanks and sorry for posting before searching...

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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

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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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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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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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: windows activation

installed windows xp i got from a friend but before i can use it said it must be activated with microsoft but it will not let me do anything how do i do this when unable to use windows to start any programs or let me uninstall either.

Answer:windows activation

Hey welcome to computerhope.com  , now sit down for the bad news!I hate this as much as anyone, the old-days are over !We used to borrow software from friends and put it in our computers and bammo, were good to go! Not anymore, with Microsoft products anyway!Once, a Windows Operating system is downloaded and installed in the  (1st.*) computer, its done with... You cannot legally use it again... Legally.....When windows does its automatic updates now days, a new "patch" installed is looking exclusively to make sure your operating system is yours and yours only...Windows Genuine Advantage  << thats the patch name...  there are MANY articles on the internet (do a google search, etc..) and you can read up on this subject...  There are ways  around this problem you are having I am sure, I don't know how to tell you to do it though but, you run the risk of having your operating system not allow you to connect to the internet in the future and maybe worse... Microsoft will be enforcing this new security of rights tool soon in all pirated copies of Windows...Save up some bucks and buy a legal cd when you can, piece of mind*

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Hi hoping someone can help. Have a Lenovo b590 laptop, I find it really slow to the point that I am considering a complete reformat of the windows 8 Pro software to remove the considerable bloatware What would be the best way to reformat? i do not want to do a reset.i have four manufacturers discs, operating system recovery disc 1/2 and recovery media for windows 1/2.would Windows be activaed automatically?if i was to use a non-Lenovo disc to format would they be a problem with activating it

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I have an Acer 5338 laptop which was purchased with Vista preinstalled. The deal included a free upgrade to windows 7. The computer was use for some time with Vista. I then partitioned the hard drive and dual booted the machine. I had mislaid the upgrade disks so used an alternative Windows 7 Home Premium disk and a product key which I obtained from Ebay. All worked OK for a time. Having found the upgrade discs I attempted to change the product key to the legitimate one from the Acer upgrade disc packaging. Every time I ckicked the "change product key" I got an error message. A few days ago there appeared a Windows 7 update message. So I performed a download and install of the 20 update items. I was then presented with a black screen and the message that my copy of Windows was illegal. This time the "change product key" option worked and I change the key to the good one. I was still unable to Activate. I rang Microsoft who checked the product key and told me that this was a full retail version key not OEM and I would need to reinstall and start from scratch. I do not wish to do this as I will lose all my installed programmes.
Can anyone suggest an alternative way of activating my legitimate software.

Regards All,
Wychwar

Answer:Windows 7 activation

90% of Keys obtained from eBay are counterfeit.

To properly analyse and solve problems with Activation and Validation, we need to see a full copy of the report produced by the MGADiag tool
(download and save to desktop - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012 )
Once saved, run the tool.
Click on the Continue button, which will produce the report.
To copy the report to your response, click on the Copy button in the tool (ignore any error messages at this point), and then paste (using either r-click/Paste, or Ctrl+V ) into your response.
- **in your own thread**, please
Please also state the Version and Edition of Windows quoted on your COA sticker (if you have one) on the case of your machine (or inside the battery compartment), but do NOT quote the Key on the sticker!
How to Tell


(or use the instructions at the top of the forum index page)

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Hello
I have read through this and many other forums in the last two weeks in regards to this issue, I hope this is not a duplicate.
Inspiron 3537 i5 laptop running windows 8 bought from Dell outlet UK in April 2014, certified refurbished. Upgraded to 8.1 straight away and the W10 without issue. Hard drive failed last month, lost everything my daughters laptop, no she didn't make a recovery disk!  I replaced the hard drive, smaller capacity but still SATA 2 and started looking around the forums for solutions for recovery.  I came across a thread here in regards to using  Microsoft  created installation media, which I successfully created to a DVD and installed on my new hard drive. On completion I had a activation problem, although being assured that 8.1 would be activated I was aware that my product key pre installed in the BIOS was W8.  I contacted Microsoft support and was told to contact Dell who informed me that 8.1 would never work and relieved me of £30 and sent  a W8 disk, although annoyed that I am paying for something twice I considered it a type of fine for not creating one.
I clean installed, booted from the DVD, I accepted the licence agreement from Microsoft which thanked me for choosing a pc pre-installed with W8, unfortunately at the end, not activated. I have used these forums and discovered the full key, entering manually, but not recognised probably due to the fact it is not supposed to be entered manually.  I us... Read more

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Question: windows activation

hi all,

i have windows vista home pre and my problem is an icon pops up on the system tray saying you have installed new hardware or whatever(but i havnt installed any new hardware atall) and i must re activate windows but i cant when i click the icon its loading and after it tries reactivating it it shows me a window and this shows up 4 options i forgot what they are but i choose the i want to activate it using different key so i then enter my cd key and after its loading and it doesnt work.

so basically it says i got 2 days left using windows but ITS CRAZY my windows is genuine copy i got OEM copy bought it from SCAN computers can someone please HELP

Answer:windows activation

Hello,

Choose to activate Windows Vista via telephone.

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Do you have to activate windows home edition on microsoft website?

also..

Ive read loads about coa numbers and product key numbers are they the same thing? and which do u use to activate at microsoft if you have to do it?

Thanks in advance...lol...i know im lame when it comes to computers!!!
 

Answer:Windows xp activation ?????

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1) Got this computer I’ll call “Jan”. When I go to boot, after the first windows load-screen (the one with the black background on XP home) goes away all I get black screened.

2) So I reboot and hit “F8”, I run to the standard procedure through “safe mode” to “last known good configuration”. No progress….

3) Try recovery consol to see if I can find anything and redo the boot.ini…. still nothing…. So I repair system…. Still nothing but now safe mode hangs at Mup.sys…. hum…. So I slave it and get the data I need to back-up and scan for bugs, spyware, and what-not.

4) Try to boot… Yay! I get the log on screen…. One problem…. A three year old computer wants to reactivate…. No Disk, no Code…. PHONE! Nope that didn’t work…. I know it’s a legal copy…. But I keep getting the message:

“This copy of windows must be activated with Microsoft before you can log on. Do you want to activate windows now? y/n”

5) So I can’t activate and I’m stuck with the pop-up… the one you get if you don’t activate for 30 days…. But It was working fine for the last 3 years…

6) So I try Safe Mode... BINGO! I can get in…. Thinking this is interesting I run more spyware scans and get 1 hit… no difference… I try to use the anti-virus program the client has… Hum, it needs to be activated too…. I’m thinking virus now, or a corrupted windows file but I did the repair….

7)Now I need help no clue what to do. I looked on the net saw a few people with the same kind of prob... Read more

Answer:Windows XP: Activation... Bug or MS

Welcome to TSG

i'm afraid you'll have to phone and talk to a microsoft representative as there is no way for us to verify your claim that the copy of windows is legitimate.
 

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I purchased a used gateway computer with windows xp sp2 for my son. When I went to windows update it could not validate the machine. I used magical jelly bean key finder and have the key. When I printed off key it also printed " not installed or supported". What can I try to do with the key. Can I add it to the registery , and how, or should my next step be to call microsoft? Hope it is a good key. Should of thought of this sooner
 

Answer:windows xp activation

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I have installed Windows 7 Ultimate on my PC.
I have activated it Successfuly.
MY question is .In the future when i have to reinstall my OS i have to activate again and again.
Instead of doing that there is a Microsoft Digital Signiture(a file about 7kb) which is written somewhere on my hdd.That file contains the Confirmation ID#.This can be used in case of reinstalling of OS,so i dont have to activate again.INstead you just enter the confirmation ID and then the activation is completed.
Is it true this or how does Windows 7 keeps the Activation.
i dont want to activate every time.
That is why i would like to know if such file exist and that is?
Thanks
 

Answer:Windows 7 Activation

Activation is only a click away, why bother finding another route? Unless you are going to upgrade multiple pieces of hardware at the same time, then you'd have to do phone activation.
 

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HelloI bought hp n210se 1.5 years ago with default windows 8.1 than i upgraderd to win 10 from option that was coming to my taskbar win 10 was working ok but virus disturbed me alot yesterday i decided to reset my laptop and it was stuck on 53 % and says it cannot be reset and give option to countinue with win 10 but when i click to it it stops at hp logo and countinue doing so at last i have to check in to bios and change boot options i have dvd of win 7 so due to my emergency as i am student i have installed win 7 to hope that i will get win 10 back i broke my partition and installed win 7 now when i re instal win 10 it asking me about activation key when i contacted microsoft they said me to contact hp and they can retrieve me back my activation keySorry for long story can anyone help

Answer:Windows 10 activation

I have a emailed chat with microsoft if anyone want that

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This just happened out of the blue the other night. I get the pop up windows needs to be activated in 3 days message and when I boot the system I get the "since windows was 1st activated the hard drive has changed significantly message."

Computer actually works ok except no sound.

I ran nuke-m ten mbam:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.61.0.1400
www.malwarebytes.org

Database version: v2012.04.29.03

Windows XP Service Pack 3 x86 NTFS
Internet Explorer 8.0.6001.18702
Paul :: PAUL-C5D256C778 [administrator]

4/29/2012 9:56:22 AM
mbam-log-2012-04-29 (09-56-22).txt

Scan type: Full scan
Scan options enabled: Memory | Startup | Registry | File System | Heuristics/Extra | Heuristics/Shuriken | PUP | PUM
Scan options disabled: P2P
Objects scanned: 293740
Time elapsed: 53 minute(s), 41 second(s)

Memory Processes Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Detected: 5
HKCR\Interface\{77777777-7777-7777-7777-770077227758} (Adware.GamePlayLab) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKCR\TypeLib\{44444444-4444-4444-4444-440044224458} (Adware.GamePlayLab) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKCU\SOFTWARE\I WANT THIS (PUP.GamesPlayLab) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\Extensions\mpfapcdfbbledbojijcbcclmlieaoogk (PUP.GamesPlayLab) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432No... Read more

Answer:Windows Activation bug

Have you changed any hardware lately?

Did you try to re-activate? You may have to use the phone system.

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Question: Windows Activation

Windows XP recently prompted me to activate it even though I've been using it for 2 years now.  When I tried to reactivate it using the old code windows told me the code was not valid.  Now it says windows will no longer run after 2 more weeks.  What should I do?

Answer:Windows Activation

Do you have the original winxp cd and is it legal?  Why or how were you prompted to activate?  Have you added new hardware and what do you mean by old code?

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Hello Guys I am new here, and this is my 1st post.
kindly help me to take out of this situation.
I installed fresh windows 10 pro, initially it showed Windows is Activated but after few moments it started to show that "Activate Your Window", kindly help me.
how can I activate my Windows 10 Pro
Thanks In Advance

Answer:Windows 10 Pro Activation

Did you do an upgrade first, or just a clean install before doing an upgrade?

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Hi,
I have recently had to reinstall Windows XP on a self-build machine running XP. When this was built, I purchased a Windows XP Professional OEM copy and stuck the COA to the chassis.
Unfortunately, when I came to reinstall Windows, I could not find the CD that came with the COA, so I used another Windows XP Professional CD, also an OEM copy.
Everything seemed fine and it even accepted my product key, but the problems began once I got to the Welcome Screen. On trying to log in, I was greeted with the message, ""This copy of Windows must be activated before you can log on".
I was unable to activate over the internet because I had no network driver at that stage, and when I tried to use the telephone activation, no installation ID was shown!
The first thing I tried was to boot into Safe Mode and install the LAN driver, which did connect me to the net, and even activated Windows. However, when I tried to log in, I was told I needed to activate again!
I have tried slipstreaming SP3 into the Windows disc in the hope that it will update something in there, as I have a feeling the disc I'm using is older than the COA, and could be the problem. That said, slipstreaming SP3 did nothing. I also ran the following command in Safe Mode with Command Prompt:
rundll32.exe syssetup,SetupOobeBnk
This has also not helped.
I think my question really is, where can I get a more recent Windows XP Professional OEM disc that will accept my COA?
Thanks,
Gary

Answer:Windows XP OEM Activation

Change KEY
Changing the Windows XP product key may be necessary if you discover your current key is pirated or illegal but you don't want to reinstall Windows XP to activate your new legal key.
Changes to the registry are made in these steps. Take great care in making only the changes described below.

Click on Start and then Run.
In the text box in the Run window, type regedit and click OK. This will open the Registry Editor program.
Locate the HKEYLOCALMACHINE folder under My Computer and click on the (+) sign next the folder name to expand the folder.
Continue to expand folders until you reach the HKEYLOCALMACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\Current Version\WPAEvents registry key.
Click on the WPAEvents folder.
In the results that appear in the window on the right, locate OOBETimer.
Right-click on the OOBETimer entry and choose Modify from the resulting menu.
Change at least one digit in the Value data text box and click OK. This will deactivate Windows XP.
Click on Start and then Run.
In the text box in the Run window, type the following command and click OK.

%systemroot%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a

When the Windows Product Activation window appears, choose Yes, I want to telephone a customer service representative to activate Windows and then click Next.
Click Change Product Key.
Type your new, valid Windows XP product key in the New key text boxes and then click Update.
If you're taken back to the previous screen and prompted, choose Remind me later.
Restart your PC.

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I got a msdn activation key for Windows 10 and its saying that it can only activate for 10 times, Is it true and what will happen if I still tried to activate.

Answer:Windows 10 activation

Do you have a valid MSDN subscription? And where does it say only 10 activations?

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I had to replace my hard drive & now It wants my windows activation    code & I can't find it anywhere????   Help please I think I only have 3 days! Thanks.

Answer:Windows activation key HELP!!

Hi, The key is in the BIOS of your machine, please use the following tool to get it:   http://www.belarc.com/free_download.htmlWhen run this tool, it produces a report, scroll down to Software Management section. Windows 8, 8.1 or 10  product key is in there.You can also use the following tool to find out:  https://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/ Note: normally you don't need to activate again.Regards,

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In january I bought a new pc. And my friend put a licenced windows 8.1. Then came the upgrade to windows 10. And evrything was ok. A while after I got windows 10 I had to get a new mother board (my old one died) and now it say's in the right corner that i have to activate windows.

I tried the help desk and other forums and they said that the only way was to re-instal win 8.1 activate it and then upgrade to win 10. is there any other way ?
I read something about a activation fix that microsoft will release?

Thank you for your time.

Answer:Windows 10 activation.

Enter your Win 8 key (assuming it's retail and has transferability)

With the new version there is no need to go through the whole upgrade malarky.

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Hi. Does anyone know how to activate windows 7 build 7600?
Thanks for your help

Answer:windows 7 activation

You go to Control Panel -> System and Security -> System (or just press WinKey + Pause), and then you click in Windows activation.

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Hello. I had my 64 bit windows 7 activated for years and one day it popped up a message saying you need to activate windows. It asked for a windows activation key. I checked my desktop and it was black and said in the bottom right corner, "Windows 7
Build 7601
This copy of Windows is not genuine."
What does this mean and how do I fix this?

Answer:Windows Activation Key

Start -> right click 'Computer' -> Properties -> Scroll to the bottom and click "Activate Windows".

If it doesn't activate online, then you may have to call in - which will be automated. It may ask if it's been installed on 1 PC - just say yes and it will continue with activation. You'll have to say groups of numbers, and then after it verifies the code you gave it, it will have you input groups of codes as well then activation should go through.

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Hi, yesterday I had to format my system due to various problems and I didn't have a backup of my system that where missing these problems.Unfortunatly, I had to phone up Microsoft to get Windows activated as when trying to activate via the net I had the "Exceed activation" error.My question is, would I have to phone Microsoft from now on to activate my Windows (it is a Retail version)?As usual, thanks in advance.

Answer:Windows XP Pro Activation

I dont see why you would have to phone them all the time,you should be able to do it off the web,i have phoned them and still done it off the web after when i need to reactivate again.Mine is an upgrade version of XP home it may be different with XP pro,but i dont see why.

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Let me make this clear from the start: I am not interested in pirating Windows. I merely wish for clarification.

Now, some time ago (approx. four years), I purchased a Dimension desktop from Dell. That box has suffered extreme modification, but no longer has the OEM copy of Windows that came with it system installed. I just built a new system, and installed Windows on it using my old OEM disk. It didn't ask me for a serial number, but is now popping up with an activation window that won't accept the (apparently auto-inserted) serial number.

Now, my question is two-fold. Firstly, assuming that this new computer is the only machine that I've got this copy of Windows installed on, is it legal? To anyone's best knowledge, am I violating either Microsoft's or Dell's EULA's? Secondly, assuming it is legal, what do I do? It won't activate properly, and Dell's support system is archaic and confusing.

Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Activation With OEM Windows

Okay your question are easy to answer.

No is the easiest thing to say. With the M$ agreement on Licenses you can not use the Dell OEM disn on your new machine. That serial was used with the Dell and therefor no longer valid with a new machine. That is why when you go to validate it wont work.

Plus with M$ just announcing not long ago that a new motherboard equals a new PC you cant call them and get a serial for the OEM.

So basically you have to buy a new copy of XP in order to get a serial that will activate. Either that or try calling M$ and see if they will give you a new serial.

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Question: Windows Activation

If I'm not allowed to post this feel free to delete.

When I first installed Windows I applied the activation crack. It seemed to have worked because the activation icon in the tray disappeared. However a few days ago I started getting notification messages when Windows started that I needed to activate.

Did the crack not work or can I ignore these messages?

Answer:Windows Activation

There is no debate. The subject matter or your post is against forum rules, period. It will be locked.

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Hi, This is my first post. Was looking for a little help as im stuck.

My aunties laptop (an old advent q200)wouldn't boot, think the partition was corrupted, so I used partedmagic to retrieve her important files. I then formatted the drive and then freshly reinstalled windows 7 home premium.

During the setup process it didn't ask me for the windows activation code and it doesn't show any option for inputting it under computer/properties (where it should say product id or change product key). Ive tried slui.exe 3 but comes up with don't have correct permissions.

I cant use windows update yet as I need the correct drivers to connect to the internet. So im stuck and any advice would be great.
thanks

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Hey so i'm going thru trying to activate windows xp and I did the [pirating actions] and now whenever I restart I get the I need to activate screen press yes and then it says windows xp is already activated and goes back to the user accounts page/ can anybody help????
 

Answer:windows xp activation

How was Windows XP installed in that computer?

Why wasn't it activated with its product key?

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Is that a factory-brand computer or a custom/home-made one?

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When I first installed Windows 8 I got 2 free WMC keys. I used one on my Windows 8 system and never used the 2nd one. I have installed 8.1 preview using the ISO and Hyper-V. Today I used "Add features to Windows 8" using the unused WMC key to install WMC on my 8.1 virtual system and it worked great.

Windows Media Center - Add to Windows 8

Jim

Answer:Windows 8.1 and WMC activation

Does you copy show an expiration date?

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Ok so i just finished my pcs weekly cleanup i have windows xp home and i shut it off afterwards to clean my desk. Well 2 hour laters i turn it on and windows asks me that i need to reactivate it. So i do i cant do it over the net so i do it on the phone and the machine on the phone tells me i have an invalid product id. So i just restart my pc and it doesnt ask me anymore does anyone know what might have caused this, im scared its a virus or trojan that might have messed with xp. Or maybe it was my system mechanic that cleaned my registry. Or regseeker to. It doesnt ask me anymore but im still sorta scared. I have windows Xp home.

Answer:HElp windows activation

is your copy of XP legit?

was it from a friend or internet?

if its not real, than we cant help you.

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My PC has recently been hit with ransomware. 
 
My Windows Defender was up-to-date but I noticed that my Malwarebytes wasn't and the virus seemed to have slipped through the cracks of my security.
 
I followed the DIY instructions on BleepingComputer on how to get rid of the ransomware, but the instructions were weird. 
 
How were you able to gain access into your PC through "Safe Mode with Networking", when the Windows Act. Pro. is the first thing that blocks you from gaining access the moment you enter your password??
 
I did the "Ctrl + Alt + Del" and I was able to get rid of the Windows Act. Pro. but now all I see is a black screen with "Safe Mode" on each corner of the screen.
 
The instructions seems to go about as if the ransomware never popped up, allowing you to install Malwarebtyes and scan your PC without an issue, yet I can't even do that. I might just format my PC if all else fails. 
 
My question is, how do you bypass WAP in Safe Mode so I can scan my PC for any viruses? I already downloaded Malwarebytes (the latest version) onto my external hard drive (from my laptop), and it's ready to be plugged in and install the anti-virus software. I just need to get into my infected PC on Safe mode
 
I havent made any changes on my motherboard, or CPU.
I use Windows Defender and Malwarebytes.
I use Windows 7 SP1

Answer:Windows Activation Pro... HELP!?!

I did the "Ctrl + Alt + Del" and I was able to get rid of the Windows Act. Pro. but now all I see is a black screen with "Safe Mode" on each corner of the screen.
 
When you are at this point try to ctrl+alt+delete and go to task manager, then you have the option to start a new task (File -> New task).. write explorer.exe and windows explorer should be started and you will be able to access to your computer/files

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Question: windows activation

ages ago when i installed my new GFX card ive always had this problem once in a blue moon it says windows requires activation so i activate it and think nothing of it BUT recently it came up again and showing just the black screen in the backround and when i tried to activate it, it said this key invalid or something along the lines basically it doesnt let me activate it no more and then i couldnt go into windows so i had to reinstall windows and i thought as im doing it from fresh it will this time activate it and when i go into control panel system

and i think it has the same problem, it doesnt think my windows is genuine but it is i got it at a retailer

Answer:windows activation

Ring up windows support line it may be that your activation code has been flagged up as being accessed from multiple machines leading them to the conclusion that its a pirated code.

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My hard disc with Windows XP Pro loaded recently crashed. I'm waiting for a replacement drive but will have to re-load XP. As the software was activated on my old hard drive, can anyone advise what I need to do to make sure the same disc can be used for the new hard drive.Thanks for your help.

Answer:Windows XP activation

Nothing - just activate it again after reinstallation.

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Hi Everybody,

I updated to Windows 10 last week from what I thought was an activated version of windows 8.1, but now I'm stuck with an "Activate Windows" watermark in the bottom right of my screen (which goes over everything, not just the desktop) and I was wondering if in order to activate windows I could just buy a new product key, or would I need to re-install windows with the new product key. If anyone could give me any other idea of how to resolve my problem I would be truly grateful.

Answer:Windows 10 Activation Help

First thing to try is to activate it using your windows 8.1 key (change product key) from activation menu.

Use showkeyplus to extract 8.1 key if you do not know it.

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ok, a computer was upgraded from win2k to winxp pro with a windows upgrade version ....

but now, needs to be reformated and reinstalled...

how would i go about doing this?

format, reinstall win2k, and upgrade?

also, what about re-activating it? any issues there?
 

Answer:windows XP activation

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well its stating that i have 30 days left for activation and my computer isn't connected with the internet and i dont have a modem

Answer:windows xp activation key

You can activate by phone.

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I have a copy of xp that I spent $200.00 on and i was wondering if there is a activation serial or crack for free cause my activation key that came with it doesn't work anymore!!!

Answer:windows xp activation

how many times did you install it? is it installed right now?

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I am running windows 7 professional 64bit right now, but its not activated yet. All i need to do is enter the product key. Will the product key from an upgrade version of windows 7 professional work? I can get it cheaper that way. Thanks

Answer:Windows 7 Activation

Welcome jmdanna

You may have to do the work-around in this tutorial

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

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i have orignal windows 10 pre installed when i get my pc but due to some problem i formated the pc and installed again windows 10 home edition now how can i activate my windows 10.

Answer:windows 10 activation

Hi, How did you install Windows 10 ? It should activate automatically when you come online. Regards.

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I have widows 8 desktop & upgraded to 8.1. My queston is Microsoft whats me to activate my pc . I try to activate online, my times, but tells me to try later. I put in my product key  told no #. Restarted window.exe & rebooted pc. Then came back as not acitivted. Try BELARC to get product # & it told me NOT ACTIVATED. If I go to recovery with 8 will I be activated. I know I will need to start over & will Microsoht activte it & for how long?

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Hi everyone, I recently install windows XP on one of my pc's and each time I try to activate the key I get a blue screen stating "A problem has been detected, windows has shut down to prevent damage IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL_ your BIOS may need updating please check with your computer vendor"Now correct me if I am wrong but messing around with the BIOS can actuall cause more problems. Should I really be doing this. BIOS may not be the problem any other suggestions as to why I keep getting this screen. Windows Xp also updated service pack 2 this morning and as soon as I click the anti virus icon on the task bar the screen went blue again telling me windows has shut down. I thought Windows XP was more stable? What happends if you don't activate windows? does it make your computer redundent? Can I still use windows as normal? Windows Xp is new to me, maybe someone can share some light to all this niggling issues. Thank you.

Answer:Windows XP key activation

Incompatible hardware, dodgy device driver or wrong type of disc utility. Can you post the rest of the code contained in the message, also the name of the device causing the problem should be given towards the bottom of the screen. Should have a .sys extention.

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I need to do an upgrade install of windows 10 on another computer. I already have a windows 10 iso burned to disc. Since this is a new type of activation, where it's tied to the mobo, can I just use the same disc for that comp and do the upgrade or do I have to download another iso? It'll be a different install. It's upgrading on a different computer, with a different activated windows 7.

Answer:Windows 10 activation

You can use the same install media to install or upgrade as many computers as you want to. The install media, be it an ISO, DVD or Flash drive is not restricted, it can be used as many times as necessary.

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Can't fit it in topic title to I just elaborate here.

I have one brand new OS-less HP Pavilion laptop.

I installed, just now, Windows 10 from flashdisk. Pro version, and I didn't enter any key. Of course it's unactivated still.

Thing is, my OLP license won't come until the next seven days, but I want to use it legally. Can I input my, still sealed, Windows 10's FPP key now and replace it with OLP key later? If I can, would it free up the FPP key once I input the OLP key?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Windows 10's activation.

Originally Posted by trashcanbin10


Can't fit it in topic title to I just elaborate here.

I have one brand new OS-less HP Pavilion laptop.

I installed, just now, Windows 10 from flashdisk. Pro version, and I didn't enter any key. Of course it's unactivated still.

Thing is, my OLP license won't come until the next seven days, but I want to use it legally. Can I input my, still sealed, Windows 10's FPP key now and replace it with OLP key later? If I can, would it free up the FPP key once I input the OLP key?

Thanks in advance.



Why bother, the only restriction is you cannot personalise install for a few days. Other than that it is fully functional, including updates.

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i have instoled my windows 8.1 single language in my HP Pavilion laptop,
and after instaled different activation key for adding aditional futures i got a result in '' windows 8.1 BILD 9600 '' error
plz do some think for this.

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I recently upgraded my PC from Win 7 Home Premium to Win 7 Professional, but now every few days my desktop wallpaper disappears and turns solid black, and in the lower right corner I get the message that "This copy of WIndows is Not Genuine" and it then prompts me to re-enter my serial number and re-activate my copy of Windows 7 on-line. Has anyone ever encountered this problem before? Right before this happens I get a cryptic error message to the effect that there has been some change that has called the authenticity of Windows into question. It's pretty annoying to have to keep activating my copy if Windows 7 evety few days. Does anyone have a clus as to why this is occurring and how I might be able to resolve it?

Thanks for any and all advice!

Answer:Windows 7 Keeps Asking For (Re-) Activation

Did you change some hardware after upgrading to Pro? Retail keys get tied to a hardware hash so if you make significant changes, you may get deactivated. But it shoudnt happen off and on.

Random deactivations can happen because of a permissions problem. Follow the steps here.

Genuine Windows 7 Became Pirated? Make It Original and Activated Again - Tweaking with Vishal

I can take a look at your mgadiag log for clues. For that, download mgadiag, run it, click on the Copy tab, paste into notepad, save as .txt file and upload the file here.

go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012

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Question: Windows Activation

I have seen the posts today regarding the "Non-Genuine" errors.

I haven't received any of those errors, but for curiosity's sake I ran the MS Diag tool - that showed I have Windows 7 Enterprise - NOT- I have Pro 7.

I also ran the Validation tool and it said Not Genuine and wanted me to buy a new copy.

I went to Computer page and it shows as validated.

So, why all the misinformation?

Windows could not be validated as genuine - Microsoft Windows

Answer:Windows Activation

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

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I installed the new Windows 10 Assistive Technology version and have been unable to get activated. The message says that activation cannot be made at this time. I had Windows 7 and I downloaded the new Windows 10 Assistive Technology from the Microsoft website. It was not a clean install but an update. When I bought my desktop from Dell Windows 7 was already installed and I did not receive a product key. What should I do?

Answer:Windows 10 Activation

Was it a clean install? Was it on a previously-activated Win10? If Yes on the first and No on the second you may need to enter a Win7 w/SP1 Product Key or maybe a Win8.1 Product Key. I've not had to use it yet but I seem to recall there is a Tutorial on this forum about troubleshooting activation problems.

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Question: Windows Activation

I recently had a hard drive error and I had to reinstall windows from scratch.
When I tried to activate it it just keeps saying "This activation code is for upgrades, not for full installation" or something like that. I think it might be because in the upper left corner it says "Upgrade designed for Windows Vista*". Any suggestions?

Answer:Windows Activation

You can clean install with an upgrade version, using the workaround described in this tut.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Remember this process is legal only if you own a previous qualifying version of Windows.

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I have B50-80 80EW laptop, purchased with genuie windows 10 subscription. Recently I had a problem with HDD and it will be replaced soon (under warranty).
      So, the question is, will win10 get automatically activated when reinstalled or this new HDD will create problem regarding activation of windows?
 
Mod's Edit: System model added to the front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity.
 

Answer:B50-80 - Regarding windows activation when HDD is ...

Hi rohitSgonnade , 
 
Welcome to the Community Forums.
 
OEM product key that came with your system is tied on the systemboard , so any changes on the harddrive would allow automatic activation of the product key as long as the same Windows 10 version is used to reimage the new harddrive.
 
Latest Anniversary Update of Windows 10 would also allow Microsoft Account digital activation even if the systemboard itself is replaced. 
 
Just in case there would be any issue during automatic activation , ensure the connection is stable and allow needed updates to come in . Manual activation can also be done via phone and if there would be any problems , just get the error code and have it reported with technical support or Microsoft as there should not be any problem even after replacement harddrives. 
 
Hope this help answer your query. 
 
Regards

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Hello all

Ok i bought windows 7 a while ago and installed it on my laptop.Now that was a while ago,my laptop broke so i built a pc,installed the same windows 7 on it but its saying im illegal ussing the same copy on two computers , (but im not) is there a way round this or am i gunna have to dish out another ?70

Thankyou for reading this and helping me

Jon

Answer:My Windows 7 activation

Hello Jon, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Please go ahead and read the link below and post back with your full unedited MGADiag report. This will help us to be able to help.

Windows Genuine and Activation Issue Posting Instructions

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Out of the blue, this Windows Activation box says:

The Windows Vista Home Premium product key you typed is invalid for activation

Then, there's 3 choices to click on:

Buy a new product key online
Type a different product key
Contact Dell to help resolve the problem

My desktop picture is all blank/black too (but the icons are still on there.) This is all news to me. I didn't type in anything in the first place.

I've had this Dell desktop computer for several years & this never did this before.

Hopefully someone can help me. (I'd try retyping the long digit product key in that I always had, but it's at my parents' house where I'd hopefully find it.)

Answer:Windows Activation Box Said...

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Contact Dell to help resolve the problem

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Question: windows activation

I was able to purchase a windows vista home premium license early in 2009.  Since the capacity of my hard drive is just minimal, and I do not have a DVD writer insalled yet, my computer crashed several times starting in June, 2009.  I have to have my computer rebooted thru our neighbor's internet cafe to save on costs.  This happened in June and October, 2009 when the message "Product key already in use" always appeared with the number of days for activation to be valid.  During this period, sometimes when I was not able to activate after 30 days the message "this microsoft version is counterfeit" with some features being disabled or no longer could not be used.  Sometime in November I was able to purchase and install a DVD writer and a larger (640 gb) hard disk, but up to now the message product key already in use is still appears and the activation cannot be  done or finished.  please help me on this.   I want to be legal and licensed, updated and upgraded but I find myself in this predicament.  please help me.  thanks 

Answer:windows activation

Where did you purchase the license from? It sounds like you have not purchased this from Microsoft. Licenses should always be bought from the manufacturer.If you have bought this from a third party then I would suggest you get your money back (if you can). And then contact Microsoft to get a valid product key.P.s welcome to computerhope

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Hi everyone
i bought a Samsung Ativ XE500T1C with Win 7 installed, did the free 8.1 upgrade and worked right untill the time i went on a work tour and had my pc shut down for a month. When i returned on the 26/08/2016 and started up, i had an error message asking me
to activate my windows 8.1 pro.
I dont have an activation key as windows was already installed and activated.
Any help on this would really be appreciated.


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Question: Windows activation

Hi there

When i try to activate my copy of windows 7 ultimate i get the following error message: "Code error:0xc004E003. Description: The Software Licensing Service reported that license evaluation failed"

What can I do to sort this problem Out? Any help?solution will be highly appreciated

Here are some basic info of my pc:

450 @ 2.20GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 22 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 1 Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.1
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate , 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU
RAM: 1014 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 152624 MB, Free - 18127 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., P5KPL-VM-MUSTEK-SI, x.xx, MS1C92D09200022
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated


 

Answer:Windows activation

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/931276

There is some help there
work through the steps for your error
 

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I installed a new windows 7 Pro license on a refurbished PC with a new Sandisk SSD. Almost immediately after activation and before an image could be made the SSD failed completely. Sandisk replaced the drive, and I reinstalled Win 7, but since it had been
activated, I cannot do so again.

I understand that it is possible to talk directly to a MS person and get the previous activation removed. However I have not been able to find a phone number on the MS web site(s) to accomplish this. 

Is there a phone number or direct email that will allow me to resolve this?

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sir
when I try to activate my windows 10 with the right product key it displays the error 0xc004f074 so sir plz reply what to do I am in trouble

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Hi, I have bought a S400 Touch laptop 2 months back. Now it is saying my Windows is about to expire and it is asking for an activation key. I Did not get any activation key. How can I get rid of this issue. And also my touch is not working properly. How can I get service regarding this. Please help. Thank You













Solved!

Go to Solution.

Answer:Windows 8.1 activation

Can you see a windows CD key on the device on a little sticker

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Question: windows activation

Hello all here,

Can u give me a link of windows 7 activator for all bits to download it?

Thanks in advanced.
 

Answer:windows activation

No.

Majorgeeks does not condone, support, or allow discussions of warez, cracks, serials, or bypassing activation.

You will need to purchase a product key to properly activate.

Thank you for understanding.
 

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In january i bought a new pc. And my friend put a licenced windows 8.1. Then came the upgrade to windows 10. And evrything was ok. A while after i got windows 10 i had to get a new mother board and now it say's in the right corner that i have to activate windows. How ?

i tried the help desk and they said that the only way was to re-instal win 8. activate it and then upgrade to win 10. is there any other way ?

Thank you for your time.

Answer:Windows 10 activation.

That's the only way.

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I have a genuine xp home license but unfortunately the disc got scratched and wont go past the " to install windows hit enter" stage of the installation. I borrowed a friends copy of the xp disc to install which worked fine but didn't prompt me to enter a product key. when i try to validate windows it won't let me saying i may be a victim of counterfeit software. I have 29 days now to validate windows can anyone help please?
 

Answer:windows xp activation

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In january i bought a new pc. And my friend put a licenced windows 8.1. Then came the upgrade to windows 10. And evrything was ok. A while after i got windows 10 i had to get a new mother board and now it say's in the right corner that i have to activate windows. How ?

i tried the help desk and they said that the only way was to re-instal win 8. activate it and then upgrade to win 10. is there any other way ?

Thank you for your time.

Answer:Windows 10 activation.

That's the only way.

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Question: Windows activation

Hi i just bought a gateway computer(desktop) and i wanted to install windows 7 with the key that is on the case of the computer and it says"The product key you entered appears to be software preinstalled device manufacturer. Contact your device manufacturer for options recovery software."Please help me what can i do to activate my windows??

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Question: windows activation

 Laptop crashed, I did an advanced usb reinstall and now I keep getting code to activate windows 8.1 problem is windows was installed on laptop when I purchashed the laptop so I don't have full product code and can't get windows store updates.

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I have purchased and installed a full copy of Windows XP. It has taken me a month to get the set up right (I have reloaded it at least three times) and have yet to activate it. One one occation I found that Go Back 3.0 had lost its history (I have since learned that this can happen when you defrag) so I decided to reinstall it. while uninstalling I had a power cut which obviously caused files to be corrupt (by the mid file removal process). This left the PC unable to boot into Windows. I could not resolve the issue (I obviously had no access to the internet) so another clean install was undertaken. Now I have got it right (I think), I have to ask what if I upgrade my motherboard, will the OS still work witout a reinstall (it didn't when I went from a Chaintech Intel to a Gigabyte AMD). How do I get MS to accept re-activation of the same software be it may with changes to the system components. I have heard that Nortons Ghost or Drive Image could make a complete copy of my drive that could be transfereed to a new system but I am surre MS have thought of that one. Just for the record in the past I have tried one of those car boot copies of XP - don't go there, the service pack 1 download cased a massive corruption of the files that resulted in a clean install and lots of work. I bought the legitimate copy to prevent reoccurance and so I can keep the system up to date.

Answer:Windows XP - Re-activation on the Same PC

It's been said (on here)that it's best to do a clean install of Windows when a motherboard has been changed. I guess you didn't want to hear that.Windows XP will allow hardware changes (4 or 6 i think) before you have to activate again.Even if you do it's painless, MS know people uprade hardware and will give a new activation code if needed. Just be honest and you cannot go wrong.

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I didnt activate it when i was installing it on my new hard Drive as i read somewhere to do it later.I cant find where to do it. I have looked on System Tools- Accessories and its not thereAnother problem is the @ i have to click on Shift then 2 to get @Sorry guys but i have looked up on Internet and the Activation says got to Accessories or how to hack it.I have been in to Keyboard settings and its on the only option that is there which is English with Usa underneath.Thanks again and again :)

Answer:Sorry its me again.Windows Activation

Its ok with Activation. I went into Windows help and then in to Run and wrote something and it says its all ready Activated.Just the Keyboard now.Thanks

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I purchased a few months agos an upgrade ver of winxp for a troubled system that died 2 days after I upgraded it to winxp. That computer no longer exists. I have since purchased a new computer w/OS. I would like to pass on the winxp upgrade that I did activate but only used for 2 days. I have consulted the Microsoft WS but I do not want buy a new license since I did not get any real use out of the one I bought, nor do I want whoever I donate it to, to to have to purchase a license. I also do not want to pay the fee to get in touch with Microsoft. I spent good money on an upgrade that I am not using and I want to pass it on as a legit copy. How do I go about getting a new activation key without incurring additional expenses? Thanks!

Answer:New Activation Key for Windows XP

and welcome to the Forum

You do not need a new key . . whoever installs it next, at the point they activate it, will just call microsoft and explain that it is being reinstalled on a different machine. It's a quick and easy call for them.

Since it is an upgrade version, the next user will need a previous installation cd to be able to install

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Hi,
I purchased/installed windows 10 pro from ebay (CoA). I enter the PK and windows does get activated.
<This PC><properties> displays: "Windows is activated" . I'm used to seeing a genuine stamp on the left
side of the screen, it's not there.
Has windows dropped this or do I need to do something?
Thanks,
Keith

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Well i reseted my laptop not that long ago and ever since ive been reseting my laptop i get a message saying to activative windows, and when i click on activative, i click on the error details and there is an error. I dont know why im getting this message and i cant modify my computer without a activation.?

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Never had a problem with this old copy of WXP before but for some reason it keeps generating wrong ID numbers i have two activation keys but both keep getting rejected via phone they are both genuinecopies.

Answer:Windows XP Activation

Have you checked the COA sticker on the side of the computer that usually has the proper keycode on it, it will also give you what version should be installed.Or maybe if you have changed the hard drive it may not be recognized.

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great........so now I could be in doo doo. It hasn't happened yet........hopefully they will change their minds......not much I can do about it now......advised them it was not a good idea
 

Answer:Windows xp activation

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If I purchase and install windows 8 on a windows 7 machine, can I then install and activate the windows 7 on a different machine

Answer:windows 8 and 7 activation

Hello Louberk, and welcome to Eight Forums.

If it's not an upgrade copy of Windows 8 you purchase, then you could. Otherwise no.

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Hi!

Could you help me with following problem?
I use licence WinXP SP2 that I installed a year ago. All worked fine but yesterday it began to report me that activation requires during 7 days and it won't work otherwise. The thing is that I lost WinInstaller CD and I don't want to reinstall it. Some additional information: I installed SP2 a long time ago so it can't cause this problem, I often update my system and antivirus and nothing strange else was occurred...
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
 

Answer:Help with Windows XP activation!

This happened to me too.. my Dell laptop w/ XP home suddenly became unregistered. Click on the warning and reactivate with MS .. if the key has been activated 'to many times' you'll have to call MS and verify your key & attest to the fact that is the only install of that OS on a PC. If you need the key go here:http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml
 

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Hey guys, I recently changed my service provider from DSL to Cable. Now I have to call Microsoft to activate my windows 7.

Is there any way to fix this problem?

Answer:windows 7 activation

Just call them, here are the steps: Activate Windows 7 by Phone

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Question: Windows Activation

I activated my windows on the phone and it successfully worked, but every time i try to log into my name it says i have to activate my windows... so i click next or ok whatever option it gives me. then it says i already activated it sending me back to the beginning. I WAS JUST USING THE COMPUTER 5 min ago. The only reason i got to here was because my windows update never worked so i thought this would help plzzzzzzzzz help.
 

Answer:Windows Activation

Welcome to TSG...Microsoft KB 312295 includes guided help to fix this problem.
 

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Question: Windows Activation

Am I able to avoid re-activating Windows XP when I reformat and reinstall XP Home?

Answer:Windows Activation

No. However there are some exceptions. Dell pc's for instance.

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Question: Windows Activation

I recently gave my parents one of my older PCs. The PC had Windows ME. I purchased the XP upgrade disk and installed it with no problem. One of the requirements of the install is that the new windows program needed to be activated in 30 days. I was curious on what happens if I do not activate the program in 30 days.

Does windows stop running or does look like a bootleg program to microsoft ?

Thanks

T

Answer:Windows Activation

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307890Activation is required in 30 days from the first day that you start Windows XP. If you want to activate Windows on a day that is later than the day that you install it, a Windows Activation icon appears in the notification area. This icon periodically displays notifications to remind you about how much time remains before you must activate. After the 30 days has expired, you must activate Windows to continue using Windows.

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