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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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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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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 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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hi all

is SLP loader functions the same as windows activator?

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

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

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

wow!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Windows 8 activation problem after 2 years of activation

Please Read: Activation troubleshooting

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

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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

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

Answer:Solved: Acronis keeps asking for activation after activation

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

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Hi Gents,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The error indicates mismatched ID's in the license.

Please first try recreating Licensing Store.

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

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

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

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

Reboot and Post back with a new MGADiag report.

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

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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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Hello, I have a HP Envy Notebook PC.  Recently, I had to send the Notebook back to factory for repair.  My laptop has since been returned.   THe laptop came with Windows 8.1 installed.  However, a message "Activate Windows: Your product activation key doesn't work".  This is very annoying.  What can I do?

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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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I'm buying a new computer tower with no OS installed, but I have XP installed on my current tower. Would it be possible to just tell Microsoft I've upgraded and use the same key and activate successfully. The licence is still stuck to the side of my current computer with the number on.

I have the full installation CD. I realise that it's "tied" to this computer. But when you significantly upgrade hardware, you need to reactivate. So what makes the PC the PC - how much can you upgrade before it becomes a different PC?

Obviously, I'm technically buying a new unit, but how do MS know that?

Simply because, whats the point in buying a whole new XP when vista comes out start of next year.
 

Answer:Windows XP Activation - new pc

Hi

Not liking your chances too much

If the current version is on a OEM pc then it will tied to the bios of that motherboard and you will not be able to activate it

If you have a full version bought standalone then you will have to call microsoft at activation as the hardware will be completely different. I don't think they will take too kindly to it.
 

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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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Wasn't Windows 10 supposed to be free or something? I did a clean install of the Pro version and now it is asking me to activate. When I click Activation under Settings, I get Error code: 0xC004C003, now its asking me to change the product key.

What do I do now?

Weird thing is it says that I'm using a key whereas I never did enter one.

Answer:Windows 10 Pro Activation

You must do an upgrade install at first. That is how MS recognizes that you own a qualifying version of Windows

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I purchased legal licence for windows and I know that KMS activator (KMSPico) is illegal method to activate windows and office. I never plan to use it but I'm interested how that activator really works. I've always thought windows is secure system since activation process is online with serial key that is unique to every legaly purchased licence. I would be very thankfull if someone answered this couple of questions :
1) Who made KMSPico , did some hacker write it in c++ or is it microsoft product ?
2) What does KMSPico actually do to windows system so it can bypass online activation, how it actually works ?
3) Why didn't microsoft protect its system with windows update ?
4) How can I protect my system from activators like this ?

Answer:About windows activation

 
I purchased legal licence for windows and I know that KMS activator (KMSPico) is illegal method to activate windows and office. I never plan to use it but I'm interested how that activator really works. I've always thought windows is secure system since activation process is online with serial key that is unique to every legaly purchased licence. I would be very thankfull if someone answered this couple of questions :
1) Who made KMSPico , did some hacker write it in c++ or is it microsoft product ?
2) What does KMSPico actually do to windows system so it can bypass online activation, how it actually works ?
3) Why didn't microsoft protect its system with windows update ?
4) How can I protect my system from activators like this ?
 
 
1) Microsoft supports a licensing mode called Key Management Service (KMS), but it is typically only used (available?) for volume licensing accounts.  I remember playing with it at work a few years back and it seems like there had to be some number (I want to say 25 or more -- but maybe it is only 5?) Windows systems for the KMS system to become operational.
 
I'm not familiar with KMSPico, but based on a quick Google search it reveals that KMSPico is not a Microsoft product and appears to primarily be used to facilitate software piracy of Microsoft Windows.
 
2) I've never used KMSPico and do not know specifically how it works. (I don't think the discussion would be permitted on this forum)
 
3) Microsoft d... Read more

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I have just fired up a PC that has not been on for some time. Problem is, when it gets to logon I'm requested to activate windows, but when I click yes to activate nothing happens.
It just sits there with a blank blue screen. I have searched Microsoft KB but have not found a solution.
 

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I have a HP Stream PC13 which has 35 GB HD and 2GB of RAM - so things that go on it have to be watched. I bought it in May to use for studying for myself. It had Windows 8.1 and I reserved Windows 10. I thought I activated Win 8.1 which was on it, but I can't be sure. I tried 4 times unsuccessfully to load Win 10 from a USB within win 8.1 put on there using the MS Media Creation Tool 64. Finally I loaded Win 10 by using the HP Utility to boot up from the USB Drive. Now the software is asking for a Product Activation Key. I finally went to the MicroSoft Store and they found my Old Key in the Registry. When I used it Windows 10 won't Activate. I am not sure I activated if I did win 8.1 correctly, but the registry has a key. It will cost me time and $50.00 to get a Win 8.1 restore USB from HP. It will cost $119.00 to get a Product Activation Key from MS. I am getting an error 0xc004f050. I read to obtain a tool in some of the windows 10 forum entries and that error could be corrected by that utility. I went and did it and it corrupted my install. I asked for a refund. I am not trying to point any fingers, I am just trying to solve this issue. What is the most cost effective way to solve this mess? Also I read through a lot entries before I asked this.

Answer:Windows 10 - Activation

Oh dear ,It looks like you've tried to clean install without upgrading first.
.Hopefully your notebooks recovery partition is still intact so you should be able to recover it to the state it was in when you first bought.
It looks like its just a matter of unplugging the ethernet cable if its attached, plug in the power supply and start the notebook , as soon as it starts tap the F11 key to get to the recovery screen.
View the appropriate video on here http://support.hp.com/gb-en/document/c03489643

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Dear All,Bought a T430s loaded with Win 8 standard. Played with windows 8 for a few days, and decided to go back to Window7 64-bit. I ordered recovery disks from Lenovo and did clean installation with a new SSD. The computer is running perfect. However the BIOS still shows the preloaded Windows 8.  Another issue is the Windows Activation always reminds me the number or days left to activate. I can only find Product ID from the Preference of My Computer. Contacted Lenovo customer support via phone to request a product key. The guy on the other side is definitely no use and transfer me to Microsoft. The Microsoft CS kicked me back to Lenovo and stated that my copy of Windows 7 is OEM , therefore Lenovo should take care of it. I've run Microsoft Genuine Advantage Diagnostic Tool, my copy is Genuine. The product key did show up with the first 10 letters/numbers encrypted. But the Windows Activation keeps reminding that I had 24 days until activation. Should I ignore it, or get the Key from Lenovo? I don't know what would happen 25 days later? Or, simply ignore it, maybe It is going to fix it itself? Sorry for the long post, hoping any guru can help me out. Whether a person can get efficient support from Lenovo CS indeed depends on the person's luck.  Henry













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Answer:Windows 7 64-bit activation key.

Hello and welcome,
 
As I read it, Win 8 standard doesn't include downgrade rights.  Only pro does.
 
http://www.microsoft.com/oem/en/licensing/sblicensing/pages/downgrade_rights.aspx#fbid=UjB_-vNx85j
 
You can try the method in the link above (enter any valid win 7 key and call MS) but I don't think it will work.
 
I'm no expert on licensing issues - others may have better news for you - but I don't think you can get where you want to go with the original Win 8 and the Win 7 media that you have.
 
Z.

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hi i have recently rebooted my laptop with windows 7  when i entered the activation key it appeared to accept  it before i finished entering the key now it wont update due  my error 

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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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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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Can't seem to get build 9926 to activate after updating; maybe it's 'cause there's so many trying that I can't get through!

Answer:Windows 10 Activation

Have you tried the activation key??
NKJFK-GPHP7-G8C3J-P6JXR-HQRJR

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I was able to install Windows 7 on three computers with my Windows 7 key code. Will I be able to update all three to Windows 10?

Answer:Windows 10 activation

Of course.
Updating to Windows 10 is the easy bit... supposedly!

You may have trouble activating the three computers if you used the same key to install three copies of Windows 7.

When Windows 7 first came out they sold a 'family pack' of three licences for $150.
But they came with three activation keys.

I wouldn't bet on activating all three of your computers to Windows 10, but there is anecdotal evidence to suggest that you may get lucky.

If you DO decide to go ahead with this dastardly attempt, do each computer one at a time and make sure that each version of the installation is 'activated.'

(The first computer you want to upgrade is the one you most want to have a legal copy of Windows 10 on it, as the first installation process you do is the one that is most likely to succeed in activating.)

On your first computer you should upgrade Windows 7 to the current version of Windows 10 and activate it with the key you used for the Windows 7 installation.
(Keep all your files, etc for this one.)
Then do a clean install of Windows 10 on top of the Windows 10 upgrade and see if that gets activated automatically.
(Reformat and clean install.)
(Do NOT enter a key for this final installation.)

Then wash, rinse and repeat for your other two computers and hope you get lucky!

Good luck.
Let us know how you get on.

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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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Every time I try to activate my windows it gives me an error code oxc004e003. Please help I have a product key, i have been trying now for one week and now the system tells me to activate and that my product is not geniune and then my system gives me a blue crash screen. Help I'm desperate to solve this issue.
 

Answer:Windows 7 activation

Did this product code come with the DVD that Windows 7 was installed with?
 

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I recenty bought a Pavillio BE002Tx laptop which has Windows 10 64bit Single Language OS preinstalled when i first switched on the laptop it was working perfectly and it didn't have any activation issue . But when I switched it on the second time it asked me the product key for windows it thought it was an error and i contacted the HP suport , according to the advice it got i installed all the updates into my laptop but it is still showing an activation error . How can i get the laptop's OS perfectly activatedNote : The laptop is still nder warranty . 

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Question: windows activation

hi, my computer froze the other day and now when i try and log on it asks if i want to activate windows (which i do). But the computer just freezes and nothing happens.
 

Answer:windows activation

What OS are you dealing with?
Click Start and look at the top to see if "Activate Windows" is an option. If so,try from there.
 

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Hi everyone,
I have just formatted my laptop and installed a new version of Windows 8.1,
At the beginning it was all ok, but after some hour it started saying that it's not a genuine version and that I need a product key.
Initially I had a genuine Windows 8 on my laptop, is there any way to rescue my product key?
Could you tell me what to do otherwise? I also read some things about cracks like KSMPico but I never used anything like that so I've no idea what to do with those.. I plan on upgrading to Windows 10 soon anyway, so I wouldn't mind getting something temporary.

Thank you very much!

Answer:Windows 8.1 activation

this utility will show you your OEM key and what version of Windows 8.1 its for. Showkey - Windows 10 Forums You don't really need to know what the key is, just what version was installed at the factory. Once you know what version you need go here, Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help and download it. If you install the correct version it will automatically use your OEM embedded key without you having to type it in. Just so you know talking about cracks and cheating activation will get you banned in the blink of an eye. You might want to edit any such reference out of your post.
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create
UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
Clean Install - Windows 8

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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













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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

When I try to activate Windows Media Center I get an error

"Microsoft out of box experience has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience."

any suggestions on how I can get my copy activated?

Answer:Windows Activation

Telephone Activation - if you choose to activate Windows XP using the telephone, you will need to read the 44-digit Product ID to the support representative in the activation center. You will then be given a 42-digit Activation ID, which you have to enter in the activation wizard. The support representative will wait until you finish typing in the Activation ID to ensure that the activation is successful.
http://www.rm.com/Support/TechnicalA...?cref=TEC10739

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Can I activate windows to go created from windows 8 pro with my genuine 8 key?

Answer:Windows to go activation

Hello Patrapinak, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Sorry, but no. You would need a genuine Windows 8 Pro key to activate it.

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Existing BitLocker deployment on Windows 7 Enterprise laptops is working fine.  msTPM-OwnerInformation attribute and the BitLocker volume recovery child objects are visible using ADSIEdit for Windows 7 laptops.  The BitLocker deployment was configured
according to this classic TechNet article:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd875529%28WS.10%29.aspx
All working great under Windows 7 laptops.  Began testing Windows 8 Enterprise RTM about a week ago.  Looking to test BitLocker but first have to deal with the TPM.

In Windows 8 "Prepare the TPM" through TPM.msc asks for a Restart per usual, the TPM text UI shows up immediately after post (a Dell Latitude E6430 running latest A03 BIOS) asking to confirm.  Press F10 to confirm and the machine reboots again and Windows
boots successfully.  Login using the same domain credentials and this screenshot is on the desktop (have to flip to the desktop to see it)

First hunch was msTPM-OwnerInforamation attribute under the Computer object not getting updated.  It was correct, the msTPM-OwnerInformation attribute is not populated with the recovery string.  Most of the other topics and posts related to this
centered around permissions of SELF to write the msTPM-OwnerInformation attribute:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/bitlocker/archive/2010/09/14/access-denied-error-0x80070005-message-when-initializing-tpm-for-bitlocker.aspx
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Answer:Windows 8 Ent TPM Activation to AD DS

The Schema update did the trick.  I was not able to locate specific schema LDF's for the Windows 8/2012 BitLocker/TPM updates.  Instead I used ADPrep off the Server 2012 media which took the Schema level to 56.

To anyone having this problem -- for now update the AD DS schema using ADPrep off of the Server 2012 media similar to if you were going to add a Server 2012 domain controller.  (Although now technically Microsoft has added the adprep steps to the Server
Role Wizard in 2012, eliminating the need manually run it beforehand.  Nevertheless, running it manually as we have been doing for years can still be done.)
If you haven't done it before, a nice introduction is below.
Running Adprep.exe
I was then able to successfully assign owner information to a Windows 8 Enterprise TPM using TPM.msc and have it back up to AD DS.  I also now see why the Schema update was necessary...
Windows 8, instead of using the msTPM-OwnerInformation attribute under the Computer Object, instead creates a msTPM-TPMInformationForComputer attribute which itself is a reference another object located underneath CN=TPM Devices, DC=example, DC=local. 
Under this referenced object (not the computer object) is the msTPM-OwnerInformation attribute with the TPM data (and other attributes).
-Weaver

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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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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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Question: Windows Activation

I have just re-formatted the hard drive on my PC and re-loaded everything. All was ok until I re booted the PC when I got the message that the PC's hardware had changed and I needed to validate windows again. This happened 4 or 5 times and I had to ring Microsoft as I got a message that I had validated it too often (or something like that). They gave me a new code to enable Windows to work. As I hadn't changed any hardware - why did the message keep appearing?

Answer:Windows Activation

The validation code is stored on the hard drive.When you re format, the code is removed, so a new one has to be entered. It takes about ten things on you computer to compare with original.Some of these are drivers etc that may have been altered or removed.hence need for re activation..

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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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Question: Windows Activation

So, I installed a copy of Windows XP Home Edition on my desktop, and I got lazy witht eh 30 day activation thing, and wated untill it was too late.
When my 30 days were up, I turned on my computer, and it said "In order to use windows, you must activate it now". So I confirmed that, then the activation window popped up, but it said "Windows is already activated, click OK to close". So I click OK, and then it takes me back to the login screen.

Please help, I kinda need that computer.
 

Answer:Windows Activation

How on earth it can say its activated when you havent done so is beyond me click on this site to see how to get it activated http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307890
 

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Hello
When I bought my laptop it came with an original windows and there is an activation key at the bottom of the laptop I already formatted my laptop and used it once can I use format it again and still use the key? and is it limited or not? because I remember I had an anti-virus and the key was limited for 3 uses only a little help would be very appreciated people,
Thank you.

Answer:Using a windows key activation more than once

You can reinstall as many times on the original machine as you want. There is a possibility that online activation may not work, but, in that situation, I've always been able to do it over the telephone activation system.

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Question: windows activation

I need help with Windows XP home edition. Recently I reformatted my hard drive and reinstalled my Windows XP software home edition Pack 1. Everything seems to be working fine except with the activation of my product. The activation Icon is displayed on taskbar notifying me of amount of days remaining for activating my windows. When I click on the Icon, the activation window is displayed with a message that my Windows is already activated? However, the activation Icon continues to count down the days. What do I have to do to fix this problem. I really don't want to reinstall windows again. Is there a number where I can talk with a Tech for help.

Thank you,
 

Answer:windows activation

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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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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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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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Question: Windows Activation

After I wiped my PC, due to a virus, I receive a message saying 'Activate Windows'. This pops up every 3 hours and takes me out of whatever I'm doing. I have been on Windows support and the people said they cant do anything. I have Windows 8.1 pro now because I got automatically upgraded. Now I have spent over 3 months following all guides and they're all different from what my problem is. I am willing to spend time with anyone who can help me with this VERY frustrating problem!! Thank you to anyone who can respond!

Answer:Windows Activation

Hi, did you get it shipped with windows 8? You may need to install windows 8 with your original serial and then upgrade manually to 8.1. Let me know how you get on!

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Alrighty, so I'm trying to fix my friend's computer, and I've hit a bump.

I've popped in the XP disc and Installed Windows again. The problem I get is when I try to log on. I'm required to activate windows to log on, but I can't log on to activate it.

The Error message I'm getting is :

This copy of Windows must be activated with Microsoft before you can log on. Do you want to activate windows now.

If I click Yes, it logs on, but then automatically logs off again.

Any ideas?

Answer:Windows Activation. -_-

Hi Olliegami and welcome to TSF

You might try a format before reinstalling windows. From what you posted, sounds like the 30 day period has timed out.

Note: Once you have installed windows, don't adjust the date on the clock.
I did that once and thereby exceeded the 30day period. I couldn't get past the login screen you described and had to re-install windows to finish my setup.

Hope this helps,
Mack1

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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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Hi.
Hope someone can help?
I`ve had a HD crash and ended up re installing WIN7 in a new drive.
I now need to activate the product.
I cant find the email with the number sent to me.

I have the offending drive that crashed recognised by my new Windows installation.
All my old Windows files are there.
Is there any way I can get my product activation number from this?

Thanks

Eddie

Answer:Windows 7 activation help

Hello,

Did you bought windows though microsoftstore ? then you can login with your windowslive id and see your key there.You can also activate by phone for a list of phone numbers see Microsoft Volume Licensing - Activation Centers you could try a "windows productkey viewer/finder" but i'm not a fan of those.

windowskey +r type slui.exe 4

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Dear sir/mam,
I have a windows 7 system builder,which will not activate.It keeps saying,"invaled product key.I have reinstalled this software several times and had no problem activating windows.And now,I reloaded my software again and it refused to activate.
Can you tell me how to activate my windows 7 system builder oem product key?
Thank you,
John Pearson! (Pearson1943)
 

Answer:windows 7 activation

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I replaced the motherboard in my HP laptop, and now the product key code has been blocked. How do I activate Windows?
 

Answer:Windows 8.1 activation

If it's a retail license call Microsoft (because those can be transferred).

If it's an OEM license call Microsoft anyhow, as they may OK your motherboard replacement.
 

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Question: Windows Activation

I just did a windows installation repair because some system files were corrupted and now when I log in it wants me to activate windows, so I click ok and it logs me back out without giving me a chance to activate. Any solutions?
 

Answer:Windows Activation

its odd. but if your trying to reactivate a copy of dells or gateway etc etc . those can no longer be activated over the internet you have to call...but its supposed to give you a phone number

try this
How to activate Windows XP by phone
To contact a Microsoft customer service representative to activate Windows by phone, follow these steps: 1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Activate Windows.

Or, click the Windows Activation icon in the notification area.
2. Click Yes, I want to telephone a customer service representative to active Windows now.
3. Click Read the Windows Product Activation Privacy Statement, click Back, and then click Next.
4. Follow the steps in the Activate Windows by phone dialog box, and then click Next.

Note The number appears now and differs based on the location that you select.
5. When activation is completed and you receive the following message, click OK.
You have successfully activated your copy of Windows.
 

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Question: Windows Activation

Hi i have a Samsung Nc-10. I aquired it second hand and shortly after found out it was running on a trial version of windows. I am new to owning my own laptop and didnt realise i had the product key on the underside of the notebook. So i found out how to renew the trial through safe mode for a further 30 days. I have now renewed the trial version 4-5 times and it seems i can bypass the activation no more. I am now stuck as what to do. I know i could take it into a shop somewhere and they could sort it in 20 minutes but i am currently travelling australia and ever so low on funds for food, let alone technology.

Any help would be greatly appriciated.

Answer:Windows Activation

See if this helps:
How to activate Windows XP

At some point you should be prompted to enter the key which as you said is on the tag on the bottom of the laptop.

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Everytime I start windows it asked me activate, which I do through the internet activation. Everytime I start it!!!. It has become a part of my life. Well...yesterday, just like everyday I went to activate it and it said that my activation had expired. It then asked me to put in my Product Key, which I did and it said it had expired. I called the activation place and they asked me the general questions;
1. Is this the first activation? NO, of course not I do it everyday.
2. Is this the only computer that it is on? YES!!

I told them of my problem and they sent me to technical support. I informed them that I bought the computer used. (BAD MISTAKE) and that after 6 months it asked me to activate and asked for a Product Key. I did not have one because the person I bought it from did not give me any of that. I went out and paid about $300.00 for the Windows XP software to make sure I was legal. I installed it and ever since then it has asked me to activate and I would and it has been fine. They said that my computer was not supported by Microsoft and in order to fix this problem I would have to PAY for support! I was furious. I just spent all this money and I can't get my computer to work.

anyway....I went to the website support.microsoft.com and found how to fix this. It said that I should insert the my Windows XP CD, restart my computer and boot from CD. I have tried many times. I have hit F2 so many times that my keyboard went almost went bad. LOL

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Answer:windows XP activation help! please

Michelle,
Welcome to Major Geeks.

When you installed the new Operating System, did you do a complete format? If not, it may be worth it to do so, and then install, so you are rid of any old entries from the previous Operating System. I'm sure we can get you up and running, since you have a legit copy that you paid for.
Eric
 

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Tonight, I was working on my cousin's computer, who had a virus, and who did not have any recovery discs or windows discs. I had to reinstall XP. I copied her windows key down with a program called Belarc Advisor, then began to reformat using MY XP disc. Little did I know, you have to use the key that was issued with the disc. Back to my house and back. So now she has Windows installed, but I didn't activate it because I don't know how - or if there is a way - to call Microsoft or something and use her Win XP key, instead of mine that was used when installing.

Surprisingly, when I entered the activation code on the phone, the automated voice gave me a new code, no questions asked, despite me having used this copy of XP in the past. (Is XP support discontinued now?)

If I should want to use my copy of XP again (I'm not using it right now), I don't want to run into validation problems and have her need to buy a copy of Windows out of the blue because I needed to use mine. I don't know if this will happen - I'm not sure on how validation and product keys work.

Can anyone tell me how to change the key over to hers, or if I'll be running into any trouble? As I've said, we both have perfectly legal keys of XP, and I could even call Microsoft and have them verify them if I had to. I just had to use my disc because I seem to be the only one that understands how important it is to keep up with installation discs and keys.

Answer:Windows activation - please help

if it is your disk and your code and you do not plan to give it to your cousin, then it is an illegal install.

You will need the proper xp version in order to use her key. Did the computer not have a hidden partition? Usually if a computer did not come with recovery disks theen there is a hidden partition where you can do a reinstall. Exactly what computer maker and model?

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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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Question: Windows activation

How you guys doing. I bulit my new pc and i didn't realize that ms activation has taken affect. So I have to buy a code? How can i make it work. I only have 28 days left.

Someone please pm me.
 

Answer:Windows activation

If you have bought a legal copy if windows, the activation key should be included. It is a 25 character code made up of letters/numbers... I think it's on the seal of authenticity or something.. some small holographic sticker.
 

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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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Question: Windows Activation

i recently reformatted my computer, and installed windows xp home edition from a dell computer disc, the little notification in the bottom right of my screen keeps popping up telling me that i have XX days to register. I have a windows xp home key, but it is a key that came with the xp home upgrade disc, and the key wont work. any ideas on wher ei can get a key or a way around this?

Answer:Windows Activation

I can call the *****es at Microsoft, or illegaly crack it, that's what I do.

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Question: Windows Activation

I bought Windows 7 Home Premium. Installed Win732, actually reformatted last night, and this is a legit copy, I paid $300 for this or somewhere around that... but this reformat I am having problem... I am getting this every hour..View image for the error I am getting..

Answer:Windows Activation

James,
Welcome to SevenForums.

What version of Win 7 is currently installed on your system?

WINVER.EXE will tell you.

What did you buy for ~$300?

Where did you buy the illegal version?

Did you buy a dvd?

compare that dvd physically to a win 7 dvd at a known reputable dealer.

Where was the Product code that you had to enter?

What I'm saying is you most probably have an illegal version.

Go back to where you bought the CD.DVD and best in the accompanyment of a representative of the police and ask them to refund/replace or demonstrate to you that the software is installable.

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Good day all! I was doing a little looking around on the computer and found the following message under the system tab:

1 day until automatic activation. Activate windows now.

It shows a 20 character Product ID with OEM after the first five characters. I looked on the bottom of the computer and found a 25 alphanumeric Product Key. I believe, under the system tab, it used to say that it was activated. We have had the computer well over a year and I have not done any mods or motherboard maintenance. It is an HP running 7 Home Premium/64 with SP1. Don't want to render the computer useless or run into something costly. Any and all help is appreciated.

Thanks! Duckman

Answer:Windows Activation Help Please

try using the Activate windows now and enter the key you found on the bottom of the computer and see what happens.

scrooge

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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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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...

Quote:




Contact Dell to help resolve the problem

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We have about 30 PC's with embedded BIOS product keys for Windows 7/8.1 (I don't remember which) But I know that if we put a Windows 10 HDD into the same machine and activate it with that BIOS Key it says it's activated. Does that mean that the hardware ID is now registered with Microsoft as a windows 10 Upgrade?

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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 All

Just recently I replaced the motherboard on my HP Probook 6555b laptop and had a concern that Windows would not activate and to my surprise it did without me having to enter any license key.
Reading various articles about Win 10 activation and adding new hardware I would have assumed that because it was a new motherboard I would have issues with activation, but this wasn't the case.
So it would appear that Win 10 activation is not tied to the motherboard so how was I able to activate without any issue?
Not that I'm complaining as I'm quite surprised that it worked just curious if anybody could through any light on it

Cheers
Ged

Answer:Windows 10 Activation

Time will tell whether you stay activated. If you changed a motherboard and are not using a retail windows 7/8/8.1 version then you shouldn't of been activated

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Hi,
How do I activate win7 upgrade to win10. There is a lot of reading available on line but I did not find a way to do it. I'm eligible via digital entitlement (due to upgrade from win7 but How do this?
Thanks,
Keith

Answer:windows 10 activation

If you did it within the time of the free upgrade and logged in with a MS account its should have activated it on ts own

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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

Answer:Windows 10 activation

You are fine.

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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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Question: Windows Activation

I bought a Toshiba laptop on July 2007 with a Windows Vista Operating System pre-installed. Since then I have bee working without any problem but at present a message ia appearing on my Desktop telling me that I must Activate Windows. Then another message tell me that it has not been possible to activate Windows and advising me to click on the message to get more information.

As soon as I do so, I get dialogue box giving me two possibilities:

* Filling a dialogue box with a key that I should find on the instalation disk. But I cannot do this because I had Windows preinstalled in my computer or
* Buying a new key online. But I have already paid for my computer with the operating system preinstalled and I am not going to pay again.
Please, could you help me?

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Answer:Windows Activation

Have you tried to reinstall Vista again using delivered recovery installations CD/DVD?
Using this recovery image activation is not necessary and you must not enter activation key.

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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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Question: Windows Activation

Hello,

I have a question about windows activation. When i start up my computer it says you have 4 days to activate windows and when i go to the activation screen it says windows is already activated..

Please tell me what to do..

Answer:Windows Activation

Does it count down? You might just have to wait it out..

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Hi,
How do I activate win7 upgrade to win10. There is a lot of reading available on line but I did not find a way to do it. I'm eligible via digital entitlement (due to upgrade from win7 but How do this?
Thanks,
Keith

Answer:windows 10 activation

If you did it within the time of the free upgrade and logged in with a MS account its should have activated it on ts own

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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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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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My laptop died! Out of the blue. I unbelievably managed to pick up the EXACT same model. My hard drive was put into the new laptop and away I went. It is working perfectly but every now and again a screen pops up saying I need to activate Windows 7. There is a product key on the bottom of this new laptop I am now using. Should I put it in? I'm terrified something might happen because the hard drive is from my old machine... and if it suddenly stops working I'm totally without a internet connection. .... again.
 

Answer:Windows 7 Activation Key ?

Yes you need to enter the license key from the bottom of the new laptop and activate it, if you don't your version of Windows will be flagged as non-genuine.
 

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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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Question: Windows Activation

Hi,
I m getting this message since yesterday.

This pre-release version of Windows 7 Ultimate will expire in 0 hours

To keep using Windows, back up your files, and then install any edition of Windows 7 Ultimate.

Then after some min it restart on its own.....

my configuaration-

windws 7 Ultimate
SP-1,v.721

now what can u do???

Answer:Windows Activation

Please check this thread for a possible solution: Pre-Release version expiring

It seems you need to uninstall the pre-release version of SP1 and install the up-to-date RTM version of SP1. This is because what you have is the pre-release version of Windows 7, which has an expiry date.

When I say SP1, I'm talking about the service pack itself, not a complete re-install of Windows 7.

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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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I woke up this morning to WTP telling me to activate. I entered the serial without any luck. Has this happened to anyone else, and how did you fix it. Fortunately I had backed up C drive with Macrium.

Answer:Windows 10 activation

Hi Tews how did you have win-10 setup ?
Dual boot / Virtual machine ?

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I recently reformatted and used an install disk I downloaded from Microsoft since no disk came with this PC.

I am getting a warning the product key is wrong, and that I need to purchase a new one.

What happens if I ignore these warnings?
 

Answer:Windows 7 activation.

http://smallbusiness.chron.com/happens-windows-not-activated-34196.html
 

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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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As a silver surfer, I have just built a good quality computer for my 38 year old daughters birthday. I have also purchased a new version of Windows XP Pro which I have installed on her system. My query is this: As she only uses a dial up internet system for her computer, it will take quite a long time to update all the programmes. (Anti-virus, Windows etc.) I personally use broadband. I have built this sytem at my home. If I arrange the settings for me, myself, to use my broadband, at my home, to update all the programmes on her new system, will this interfere with the activation of the Windows XP, when I install it in her home, and she uses her dial up modem to activate it.Remember I will have to change all the internet settings again so that she can use her own dial up settings. Thanks for all information given.

Answer:Windows XP Pro Activation

so activate and register it at your home, it won't matter either way, just use her name and details for the registration.Then set up her dial up when ya get it over to her house.

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Sorry if I'm breaking the terms.. Searched and couldn't find anything about this..


Years and years ago I built components for a computer and put it together.. Got a copy of Windows XP Home OEM..

A few years ago I bought an HP computer from Best Buy, Came with windows XP on it.

Recently, I decided to sell the HP To my friend. I decided to re-format it..

I haven't really reformatted and installed windows on a computer since I had been using windows 98 which was very simple and easy. I knew I had a disk with Windows XP on it and just wasn't thinking!

I reformatted, put in the OEM Windows XP disk in and installed it, got the the product key and the code on the actual HP PC did not work. Long story short, I had a product key for windows xp that came from HP and a windows XP disk that requires an OEM product key.

So I tried to figure this out for hours and hours and finally the only solution I came up with was.. sad to say.. a crack, a thing to bypass the activation thing.

My friend asked me to clean out her computer of junk slowing it down.. SO I went over and ran malware bytes, not thinking it detected the bypass thing and indentified it as a trojan and I got rid if it! restarted and now it wont let me on the computer unless I activate it!

I'm not asking for a program to let me bypass it anything.
I'm will to actually buy a retail version of XP and re-install it.

The only reason I havn't done this is because she has a lot of pictures she wants o... Read more

Answer:Windows XP Activation!

You should be able to take the drive out and attach it in place of a CD or DVD drive in a working pc to salvage the files.

What version of XP did the PC come with? . . Home, Pro or MCE?

If the Dell reinstallation cd matched the version on the sticker, it should have worked fine to reinstall. Otherwise, any retail version will work

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I am currently running a system on windows 7 ultimate and I would like to upgrade the motherboard and ram so that I have ddr3 ram will this cause issues when I restart the system with the new mother board if I reuse all of the other components including hhd and cpu and gpu

Answer:Windows 7 Activation

Yes you will have to reinstall the OS. At that point you will be required to enter your product key which won't work. You are only allowed one machine install per the license agreement. That product key is technically tied to your motherboard. So while the 'computer' is the same, in microsofts eyes it isn't and you will be required to get a new key.

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