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Moving Activation to a new MB

Question: Moving Activation to a new MB

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

I am on W10 Pro x64...

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

Is it even possible?

Dave

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Preferred Solution: Moving Activation to a new MB

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Answer: Moving Activation to a new MB

Use Activation Troubleshooter in Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials

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

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

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

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

Thanks for your help!

Greetings - desertman

Answer:Moving to new computer - activation question

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

In the window run:
slmgr /dlv

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

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

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Okay, so here's the deal:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are my options? Can anyone assist?

Many thanks,

Hal.

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

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

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

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

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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 10forums,

I've been finding this hard to describe and search for so I'm just going to upload a .gif to illustrate my problem.

I want to stop the window moving back onto the screen when the mouse is against the screen edge. Does anyone know if this is possible? Or even just what the 'feature' is called in Windows?

Much thanks

EDIT: Disabling Aero Snap will not stop this behavior.

Answer:Stop windows moving when moving the mouse to the edge of the sceen

You have to disable "Snap to border/edge". Always check the Tutorials first on here. Brink has spent a lot of time giving us the best resources on the Web.

Aero Snap - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

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Alright sooooo.

I completely reformatted my computer. I have two drives.

I deleted/created partitions on both, and chose to format/install Windows xp on the C: driver. The format got to 100%, then said the format couldn't be completely probably due to a bad hard drive. I switched out my drive for another spare I had thinking I just got unlucky and my drive had died...

To my surprise, I got the same error with a completely seperate hard drive. Trying various things, I swapped the xp disk into my other DVD-Rom on my computer and the formatting went fine!

Xp was installed, no problems. Now, however, my CPU usage spikes to 100% when doing very minimal tasks such as moving a window around the screen (computer lags, leaving traces of the window around the screen) or even scrolling up and down on a web page with the mouse wheel.

Weird thing is, I can navigate both hard drives just fine. I don't know if my CPU is dying, motherboard dying, or what... But is there anyone that can help me out with this?

I'm currently reinstalling all my drivers praying that this somehow magically fixes it
 

Answer:CPU usage 20% just moving mouse, 100% moving windows or scrolling websites!

trustandfall said:


Alright sooooo.

I completely reformatted my computer. I have two drives.

I deleted/created partitions on both, and chose to format/install Windows xp on the C: driver. The format got to 100%, then said the format couldn't be completely probably due to a bad hard drive. I switched out my drive for another spare I had thinking I just got unlucky and my drive had died...

To my surprise, I got the same error with a completely seperate hard drive. Trying various things, I swapped the xp disk into my other DVD-Rom on my computer and the formatting went fine!

Xp was installed, no problems. Now, however, my CPU usage spikes to 100% when doing very minimal tasks such as moving a window around the screen (computer lags, leaving traces of the window around the screen) or even scrolling up and down on a web page with the mouse wheel.

Weird thing is, I can navigate both hard drives just fine. I don't know if my CPU is dying, motherboard dying, or what... But is there anyone that can help me out with this?

I'm currently reinstalling all my drivers praying that this somehow magically fixes it Click to expand...
Does your graphics adapter have dedicated memory and, if so, how much? If it doesn't, how much does the RAM lend to it and how much is left over?
 

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I have a client that has to regularly move emails from his inbox to a PST on his company shared drive. Moving files under 100kbs seem fine but this client needs to regularly move emails upwards of 5Mbs in size to his PST on the share. When he does move these files his outlook gets hung up to the point of completely freezing everything on his computer just to move the email. It can take upwards of 10-20 minutes to move one file.

The troubleshooting I have performed:
-I tried setting his network adapter to 100 Mbs Full Duplex, didn't appear to do anything
-Speed test his connection, he is running about 1.2-1.5 Mb down and 1.5+ Upload, so no issue there.
-I tested moving a 15Mb file to his shared drive, this seemed to be uploading fine, after a minute or 2 it was nearly half done, so this leads me to believe the issue is more pertaining to outlook.
-I then killed his outlook profile, recreated him a new one and remapped the PSTs.
-Had him test moving files again, and the same issue is still occurring.
-The client also reports this was not always an issue and had recently started happening.

At this point I am stuck and would like any advise anyone may have to offer for a solution.
 

Answer:Outlook - Moving emails to a PST on a share moving very SLOW! Help Please

Ideas?
 

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Hi everyone.
I just bought a new SSD.
I plan to whipe my old drive and put the OS onto the SSD. On my current drive I quite a few games.

The question I have is about backing up games/moving the files.
I have steam, origin and battlenet. I tried to use steam back up before, it stopped working and now I have a file that I can not delete.

I have not found a battlenet backup, or an Origin backup.
Due to all of the games being digital, I do not want to spend a day downloading all of my games over again.

The question I have:
Is it possible to move the files (i.e. programx86 --> steamapps) onto my external, then when the clean install is done, move the files back to the same location?

Is this a viable/possible solution, or what would you recommend I do to spare my data cap/time?

Thanks all.

Answer:Moving files to external, formatting then moving back.

If your system is working well the best way to do this is to take an image of the old drive and then restore it back to the SSD, or simply direct clone the old drive onto the SSD. I've had good results with Aomei Backupper to do this. If SSD space is a problem you could remove data and unused progs first, and do disk cleanup.

If the system is on its last leg, you're probably going to have to reinstall the progs onto a fresh install of Win7 on the SSD.

In either case, back up your valuable personal data.

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Hi there

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

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

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

Answer:Activation woes - Windows needs activation to personalize

Hello Jimbo,

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

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

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

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

Activate Windows 8 Online

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Hi 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 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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I am a bit worried because my cursor started hovering over my programs when I went to click the all programs on my start button. I'm not sure why but i'm pretty sure it wasn't my mouse. The reason being my cursor started hovering up and down over programs and I think it might of clicked something. I'm not sure if it did since i shut it off directly after I saw it move. I'm not sure what to do since i use mcafee total protection and it didnt find anything.
 

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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
Sign... Read more

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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I want to know why after downloading a moving emoticon on my pc it will stop to move please can some one tell me what to do.

Answer:Moving emoticons not moving after download on my pc

You didn't provide enough information to characterize yourproblem clearly, but I'll guess that you viewed the moving emoticonon a web page with your browser, but are using some other programto view the "downloaded" image, such as Windows Photo Viewer,which doesn't have the ability to play animated GIFs. -- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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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: Activation ??????

After running vista for over a year now all of a sudden I am getting nagged to activate.It has been activated since day 1 and this only started on boot this morning.On trying to validate I get the Error:The validation service is unable to determine whether this copy of Windows Vista is genuine. I have google like hell this morning but cannot see a definitive solution.So now what.

Answer:Activation ??????

From MS UK themselves,If you are experiencing Product Activation issues, please contact the Product Activation Team on 0800 0188 354Thought I might have run into trouble with something (but didn't) but kept the number in case.

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Question: xp activation

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

Answer:xp activation

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

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Hi All.
After the last update a week ago , now I have a message asking me to activate windows ..
My windows 8.1 came with the HP laptop and upgraded to 10 about a year ago ..

What is the problem ..? how do I fix this ..?

Thanks .

Answer:WDS activation ...?

Please open a Command Prompt (Admin) or Powershell (Admin) and run:
slmgr /dlv

There will not be any uniquely identifying info in the result, please post the entire result here without blanking anything out and we can help further.

I suspect you probably have an erroneous Windows 10 Home product key installed and it needs to be changed to:
TX9XD-98N7V-6WMQ6-BX7FG-H8Q99

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

Answer:cannot use activation key

You've got an upgrade version of Windows 8.

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

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

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

Many thanks,
 

Answer:XP Activation more than once

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So I am wondering about Pros/Cons of activation (not prirate version but just leaving as not activated). This would seem to be a way to stop the forced updates (for Home version). I understand the watermark is gone (from Win7/8 days), and you lose updates (which is good IMHO), but do you lose any other functionality by leaving unactivated/non-genuine (even though you have legit key)

Answer:On Activation (vs not)

chemie said:

So I am wondering about Pros/Cons of activation (not prirate version but just leaving as not activated). This would seem to be a way to stop the forced updates (for Home version). I understand the watermark is gone (from Win7/8 days), and you lose updates (which is good IMHO), but do you lose any other functionality by leaving unactivated/non-genuine (even though you have legit key)



If asking about Windows Activation there's 2 things to keep in mind, one is that with a clean install you usually have 30 days but with a reinstall you might get only 3 days [have run into that several times]. Activation is required at some point or risk reduced functionality, have not seen a list of what that reduction comprises.

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Question: Activation

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

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Question: Activation 8.1

Have a friend which the last few days got a Message telling that the computer need activation, and that he must og to computer settings, and choose activation. But if we try that, nothing happend. Also tried many restarts without Luck!
But if I look under controlpanel - system, it says that the computer is activated and he still keep getting this messaged. If I try running "slmgr/xpr" then it tells that the volume licens runs out 7. november.

What is wrong/How can we fix this??

mvh
Kåre!

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Question: xp activation

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

Answer:xp activation

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

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Question: Activation

Have had to reactivate W7 twice in the last week. Have made no changes to hardware. re activation was seamless and simple.Anyone else had the same?

Answer:Activation

No.

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Question: xp pro activation

my boss let me use and install her xp pro on computer to be used for remote connection.Now the activation by microsoft says it has been activated more than the required times.Can I revert to Xp home . I don't want to pay the license for just this use.do you know if the product will reverse to the initial installation after the period of 25 days activation will expire.thanks

Answer:xp pro activation

The XP license is one disk - one PC. So you and your boss have been naughty. Phone Microsoft.

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Question: Self Activation!

I run XP Pro SP3 (Activated) Dual Boot with Windows 7 Pro 64bit and XP Mode (full retail 64 bit version). I was putting off activating the 7 in case I would make some hardware changes over the next week or so. I kept getting the activate warning counting down the days.

When I stopped getting these messages I was curious so hit the activate on line only to be informed that 7 was already activated.

I do not recall entering the number! What is the method to check within the 7 program that it has been activated. Can the number be verified?

Answer:Self Activation!

Control Panel\System and Security\System

After going there, check the bottom of the page and see if you have a "Windows is Activated" notification below the "Windows Activation" tab.

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Question: Win Xp Activation

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

Answer:Win Xp Activation

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Hey everyone,

I need a key to Symptom Survey Maestro version 8.51 or older
I can get a 30 day trial. Is there a way to permanently loop it?

Greatly appreciate any help, and will help you back if I can.

-Kate :drink
 

Answer:Need an Activation Key

I am pretty sure this website is not here to provide cracks or serial keys to paid programs.
 

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Question: Activation

I have had Windows XP for about 4 years now all legal and registered. I had a hard disk problem(bad sectores) and put an new 550 gb hard disk in and cloned it with Seagate disc wizard. All great and I could boot from either drive. However, I thought I would do a fresh insatll of Win XP on my new hard drive as a couple of annoying errors had cloned across (obviously) After doing a new install it is now asking for both drives (old and new) for Windows to be activated. However even if I try to activate over the internet I can;t because I can't log on and it tells me I have no connection (catch22) There is no boot in safe mode is there? Any ideas how I can get in please?
 

Answer:Activation

Probably no ethernet driver. You might use another computer, go to the manufacturers website and DL the driver to a floppy/thumbdrive etc. and install it that way - should get you online.
 

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Question: XP Pro Activation

Hi,

the volunteer agency where I work (unpaid) has just been donated three new HP PC's all with XP Pro already installed. In order to provide some level of support I need to install a copy on my home PC. I have the CD with the install code, but every attempt I make to activate it using XPKey.exe from the Blue list fails. Any help would be appreciated.

As to piracy issues, I have been cutting code for thirty years - starting with a paper tape absolute loader for a PDP11/05 in 1974. For me s/w has "always" been licenced on a "user" basis. For PC's as long as there was only ever one user at any point in time then the number of machines was immaterial, and I find this process of locking s/w to a specific machine quite reprehensible, and only possible from a monopolistic entity. Having experienced many many years of M$ predatory business practices I have no respect for how they choose to control the market for their products. Pirates don't just come in small boats, they also come in aircraft carrier corporate battle groups.

Granny Nerd.
 

Answer:XP Pro Activation

Granny, You've been code monkeying as long as I've been alive; and while I completely , totally and thoroughly understand and respect your stand point on piracy, I would like to point out that only the OEM licenses are tied to specific PC's. Retail licenses are per installation and activation may be required depending on what has changed in your PC based on a point system where each hardware component is weighted. Additionally, Major Geeks prides itself in being anti-piracy. We do not sell or promote software that has the ability to hack/crack software for use without payment.

XPKey , in my understanding, is a key generator. This would lead me to believe that you do not have a licensed key. Given that information I humbly request you understand our position on this matter and the fact that we cannot offer you assistance in obtaining use of software illegally regardless of our understanding of MS's monopolistic tendencies.

If Major Geeks can be of further assistance to you in the future, please let us know.

Respectfully,
Jim Losi
 

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Question: XP Activation

If I do a completely new re-install of Windows XP do I have to do another activation of the operating system? If I have to do this how many times am I allowed to do it?

Answer:XP Activation

Yes you do. More often than people think. I think its once every 90 or 120 days or so....

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Question: Activation?

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

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

Answer:Activation?

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

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Question: Activation

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

Nothing happens, inside how can I activate my windows?

Answer:Activation

Hello Liquiddragon,

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

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

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

Good Luck, and post back here with what happens.

Regards,

Dave T.

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When I booted my PC this morning, I got a message saying that the hardware had changed and I had to reactivate Win XP. Well, the hardware hadn't changed, but I attempted to do the activation. The activation window opened, but the normal activation info did not appear. Instead, the hard drive is constantly busy and msoobe.exe is using about 30% of the CPU and this goes on forever. (Forever being at least 10 minutes in this case). I've tried it multiple times with the same result.

Everything appears to be fine on the hard drive and all applications work properly. I've always accepted the installation of the latest XP maintenance and am at SP3 level. Any idea as to how to proceed? I have the 888-571-2048 activation number, but when you call that they assume you can get the activation window open and see the options available. Maybe if I had left the activation loop run for a few hours it might have eventually presented me with the proper screen?
 

Answer:Win XP Activation help!!

It may be a virus. Your windows activation data is stored in your C:\WINDOWS\system32\wpa.dbl along with other stuff. That may have become corrupted, so I would suggest using a virus scanner first to assure that's not the case.
 

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Question: XP Activation Help

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

Answer:XP Activation Help

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

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

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Question: 8.1 activation

I have just got 8.1 (full version ) from The Windows Store. It seems to be running ok but it activated automatically without my help. Is this right? I only had to enter the security code sent to my email address.

Answer:8.1 activation

Yes, its how it works now. because you updated from a licensed windows 8 version you don't have to pay for the new version. So they came up with this system. No worry's

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

Answer:Activation Key for xp

You must telephone Microsoft and explain your situation.

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Question: xp activation

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

Answer:xp activation

try to activate again?
 

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Question: xp activation

installed new hard drive & reinstalled xp.xp already activated,if i reactivate xp will it stop working

Answer:xp activation

No it will either fail to activate and you will be given a number to ring or it will go through without any problems. If you have to ring the number just tell them you have re-installed the OS and they will let you though to the automated system that will give you a code to enter. Did it 3 times in a day once.

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Question: Activation and SP2

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

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

Answer:Activation and SP2

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Question: Activation tip

Want to thank all that helped me being able to do a fresh install of 7. To activate your fresh install just type Slui 3 at a Administator command propt and put in the Product key from you Sticker. I am glad that Microsoft is giving respect to those that just want to run the machene and OS that the payed for with hard earned cash.... Now if I can just figure out all these Event Logs... But thats the fun of it all...

Answer:Activation tip

Usually we just type in the key during the install, but I always wait a while before activating

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Question: XP activation

Hi you all.

I have a small question.

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

bute here comes the problem.

I cant get it validated with the new key.

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks in advance

n3m3

Answer:XP activation

we cannot help you with illeagal software problems
closing thread

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Hi, I have recently reinstalled Win 7 in my Lenovo S 10 -2. My keyboard is not working properly and I am using an external USB keboard, so there is no "Fn" key to activate my web cam. As the web cam is not activated, windows does not detect it and I can not install the driver. My question: Is there another way to activate the web cam alternate to the tipical shortcut Fn + Esc ? Thanks.

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Question: OEM activation

I got an oem license. Does upgrading my mobo bios need reactivation, and will it be a problem to reactivate?

Thanks

Answer:OEM activation

Welcome

Usually replacing the MOBO, will create a problem; that is the criteria if this is a new computer or not. If you have a problem you can activate by phone and everything will be good.

Activate Windows 7 by Phone

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Several months ago, I gave a computer running Win 7 to a troubled friend. I have reason to believe she pawned it and lost it, but cannot get in touch with her to verify this. If I am correct, and if the pawn shop wiped the drive prior to reselling it (as I would imagine they did), then I could sell that copy of Windows or use it on another machine.

Is there any way to determine whether my product key is currently in use on another machine?

Answer:Is my Win 7 Activation key in use?

If the w7 was installed on the PC at the factory, ex. Dell, eMachines, etc, the key can't be used on another machine in any condition.

I doubt if a pawn shop would go to the trouble of wiping a drive, they don't really care, unless law requires it in some states.

I can't find a way to check to see if the key is in use. One way would be to install and enter the key after installing to see if it will activate.

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Question: XP activation

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

Answer:XP activation

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

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I had to upgrade my laptop because Win 7 got so many errors on it and I couldn't fix it. So to make a long story short I upgraded to Win 8 Pro x64.

Since I don't have a legit key activation fails, but I want to buy it and when I click on the buy it link it says I have to go to a retailer.

My question is how can I buy a license? If I wait until late Oct. will it work then? How long can I wait with not activating it? I don't want to ge locked out.

It is Win 8 Pro Build 9200, don't think it is MSDN.

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Question: XP Activation

My Win XP keeps asking me to activate the product every 3-4 days. when ever i try to log on it comes up with the message windows needs to be activated before you can continue. so i go through the phone activation process reactivate it and then 3 days later i have to do it again.it is a legal version

Answer:XP Activation

are you logged on as 'Administrator' when you are going through the activation process and does it complete properly?

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Question: re-activation

for various reasons i might re-install xp as many times as necessary.

my question is:

does anyone know how to bypass the annoying re-activation process on the phone with someone i usually cannot understand in a foreign country?
or maybe re-activate on the keyboard somehow?

Answer:re-activation

we cannot help you bypass activation, most of the time you can reactivate online but if you need to call it will tell you and you best call to get it activated.

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Question: My Activation

Hey guys, I wanna know if I didn't Activate my windows, what will happen ? Can I know please ?

Answer:My Activation

Why?

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Question: xp activation

Hi!

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

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

Answer:xp activation

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Question: XP Activation

Got new Tosh laptop with XP HE.1. How do I know if its activated or not, is there a reistry entry or a specific file?2. How do I contact MS to activate?3. Whats their phone number?Thanks David

Answer:XP Activation

Go to Start\Run and type "oobe/ msoobe /a" without the quotes and note the spaces. Windows will tell you whether its activated or not.

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I have a server with a fully licensed, installed, and activated copy of WHS installed. It was activated immediatelly after install and nothing has been changed since.

Yesterday I had a provider-based network outage, and during the outage my WHS status Icon went red with a warning that "My evaluation period had 0 days left".

As soon as the outage was resovled, the icon went back green and the error disappeared.

Is WHS constantly phoning home and when it can't reach the mothership deems itself expired, or is this a bug ya think?
 

Answer:WHS Activation/WGA Bug?

I know you said "fully licensed, installed, and activated", but was it purchased or is it a RC? Those expire.

If it is a purchased item, then I hope (and would like to know how) you get to the bottom of it, as I plan on purchasing WHS before my RC version expires in early Feb.
 

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Question: Activation

After some problems Yesterday I did a complete reinstall this has been done from my Acer factory restore disks will i have to reactivate my windows software (Vista Home Premium)

Answer:Activation

Control panel- system and security- system, scroll down a bit and will show if activated or not. Takes a few seconnds to show.

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Question: Activation

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

Answer:Activation

Win 7 Activation...

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Question: XP Activation

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

Answer:XP Activation

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

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Question: XP Activation Help

I just built a whole new computer for my self. I have an origianl copy of XP Home. when i tried to activate it i get the msg ..says that i exceeded the activation of the computer... i ve read on here that i need to call microsoft. How does this actually work.. Do they reqire any information from me liek name or what? do i need to have the windows cd with me or any of the paperwork? Any help will be apreciated. thanks.
 

Answer:XP Activation Help

(from what i've heard, when you call, it's a prompt driven system. you only talk to someone when there's a problem. i'm sure you could call them and they will tell you what they need to know. you of course would not be obligated to answer (it's your damn phone you can hang up any time you like ). i'm sure if you didn't have what was necessary you could call back once you got/found it

i've been lucky enough to never have to call.
 

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Question: XP Activation

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

Answer:XP Activation

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

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Hey guys, I ordered an OEM copy of XP pro from newegg and installed it on my parent's computer. Well they got a new computer yesterday (that I built for them) and was going to put the copy of XP pro on that I bought. I took the other computer, formatted it immediately and put some nice Gentoo Linux on there for my router/server. Anyway, I'm happy with my new box (their old one) and they are happy with theirs save for one problem. I can't activate windows on the new computer! It says it is out of activations and I only activated it once. What should I do about this?
 

Answer:XP Pro: 1 activation?

call ms..
 

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Question: activation

hi

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

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

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

Answer:activation

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

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Folks,I bought Win 7 recently, (Full retail, not OEM, at the special pre-order price). I didn't have a specific use for it at the time, but then decided to try it on my laptop. I liked it and eventually wiped Vista altogether from the laptop and freshly installed Win 7, and got everything running REALLY nicely. It was activated about a week ago.Lo and behold couple of night ago a serious problem with the laptop. Bottom line is that it's a motherboard problem and a repair is not a realistic financial proposition...So I'll be looking to replace the laptop. One of the models I'm considering comes with no OS.Now becasue this is a retail version of Win7 I know I can install it on another machine, as long as it's only on one at a time.Does anyone know how much of an issue it will be, to activate this copy of Win 7 on another computer?I understand, (from threads regarding other folk reactivating XP in the past) that attempting to activate online will fail, and a number is presented for you to call and activate by phone. What I'm wondering is how much hassle is it IN PRACTICE. Do you speak to a real person? Do they give you a hard time? I'm wondering especially because of the short time involved between installations.Thanks in anticipation,Regards,Simsy

Answer:WIn 7 re-activation?

No problem at all when I've phoned $S, in fact they were very helpfull. Quite painless.

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Dear Guys,

I am using genuine Windows 7 Home Premium. Recently I upgraded it to Windows 7 professional using anytime upgrade key which I bought got it from someone who told me it was genuine but it wasn't. Unfortunately I can't do anything about it.

Now I am willing to buy Win 7 Pro thru anytime upgrade. I do not need to buy a new Win 7 Pro but I can buy Win 7 home to Win 7 pro anytime upgrade. Right.

I have two queries :

- I live in Asia, I heard that Win 7 Home Premium - Pro is available only in selected contries (mostly european & US). Does this mean I cant upgrade ?

- If I upgrade (using win anytime upgrade) and get a key, do I need to install home edition & then put the key in or I can put key in this non genuine Win 7 Pro OS to make it genuine.

Please advice.

Thanks You,

Yours Sincerely,
Sam

Answer:Win 7 Activation Help

1) You wont be able to make an online purchase.






Quote:
Windows Anytime Upgrade is only available for online purchase in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.




Source: Windows Anytime Upgrade - Windows 7 features - Microsoft Windows

2) You can buy the WAU key from retail. Check out the stores in your country. Also, see this Amazon link.

Amazon.com: Microsoft Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade [Home Premium to Professional]: Windows XP: Software

3) I am not sure whether you can do a repair install and use your AU key with it but you can give it a shot.

Repair Install

If that doesnt work, you can try changing the product key on your current install with the AU key.

Change Windows 7 Key | How to Change Windows 7 Product Key

If none of those work, you'll need to reinstall your home premium version then do an anytime upgrade.

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I think I am on the verge of this being not allowed but I do have a problem. I have a rebuilt compaq thta is supposed to have a windows vista but I preferred the xp and had a problem with viruses so did numerous reinstalls of my xp with no issues. But I did not get completely rid of my virus so had it professionally reformated.

when he brought it back, he brought back my disks and said he did not use my disks but i should just go ahead and activate during the next five days. I have tried repeatedly to activate but I don't get approved. the telephone system is just a electronic voice and when i put in that other code they say that is no good.

No i did check my code with the magic jelly bean and I do have the right code and it is registered to me but it is xp and not the vista that was with this machine and what is on the case.

So does anyone know of a phone number where I can reach microsoft without paying a fee or do i need to get the vista activated and then go back to xp or something.

I also have microsoft office from my daughters online school and it would not accept that key either and in fact i can't get the puter to look at anything from the cd drive. I do have a work around for getting online but i am unable to access my hard drive and am only able to do online stuff. I need to access my puter.

any ideas would be appreciated. i do have a couple bids in for the windows 7 on ebay but am afraid to do the upgrade cause i am afraid it wont work cause of this ... Read more

Answer:not sure, i need help with activation of xp

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win 7 instaled , wont let me do enything. says need activation?

Answer:no win 7 activation key

What happens when you try & activate it? Some OEM reinstalls don't require you to put the activation key in during the install but they still need activating, & occasionally you need to re-input the key from the CoA sticker. Incidentally, a few laptops I've come across, the manufacturer has put the CoA in the battery compartment, underneath the battery, so it doesn't get worn off."I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd

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Question: activation

Hi
I have been running Windows 8, with media pack, in 32 bit mode for the last two months without problems.

I have now done a clean install with formatted drive of windows 8 in 64 bit mode. All went well and activation was a success. However the USB network adapter is giving serious problems and a suitable driver appears not to be available. Briefly the whole system locked up and I did a reinstall, which was successful. Trying to find a suitable driver again caused problems so the USB adapter was taken out and a refresh done. The network was then cable connected, which is okay. However on trying to activate it now returns that the activation key is in use on another computer and I have to buy another key. It wont give me the option to activate by phone.

I understood you could reinstall as many times as needed on the same computer, or does changing from 32 bit to 64 bit override that. If so how come I have done the exact same thing on my laptop with no problems. Unless anyone can suggest an answer I guess it is a call to customer support. I would appreciate your views.

Answer:activation

I use Download DriverMax and update your Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 drivers to update my drivers.

If one I choose is the wrong one, it tells me so & offers other drivers.

In the free version you can download & install 2 drivers per day.

30 day license is $10 US with unlimited downloads.

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Question: cd x activation

Hi Guys Chegs Kindly sent me a cd x rescue but pcadvisor were unable to help with the activation code has anybody by chance still got the code it came on a pcadvisor cover disc thanks Kopite

Answer:cd x activation

Good program this!ID = 3753603 Password = 33067

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Question: XP Activation

Are we allowed to install Win XP on a second partition of the same computer & activate it?I've been trying XP with sp2 this way for a few days. Will it allow updates to both activations?

Answer:XP Activation

Been running it un-activated that is to clear a point.

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Question: Win XP Activation

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

Answer:Win XP Activation

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

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

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

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

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So,

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

Answer:Activation with old key?

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

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My pc was running so terrribly slow--I tried everything; updates, virus scan, windows tools, mr fixit, nothing worked. Finally i read on this forum I should do repair. Disks lost long time ago, I downoad win 7 from this site link, installed on directory and ran "repair" to simply repair my win 7 pro already on my pc. Seems to have fixed something--running my better. But now is shutting down because want avtivation (money). I jst wanted to FIX win 7 pro that was already on my pc--not buy again. Contacted Microsoft help, chatted with some guy from another country, asked for help and he said it would take him MORE THAN AN HOUR and I would have to pay him but gave me no final price. I said no--probably win7 caused this problem in the first place. (Just look at this forum...it's insane the problems).

I need to get my old activation back. Have old system restore disk. Can I do reset to previous time? I can't afford to buy again. I have found an old win 7 ultimate disk from previous pc. Please help. All my files and directories are intact--did NOT do install, only repair. I said sure activate, thinking it would take my old serial number. Now it is shutting down. No wonder everyone hates this...

Answer:win 7 activation help

ok, I read the instructions, will comply. Saw all the views without any reply and figured something is up. Still desperately need help--don't know if pc will allow me to do all this. Screen is black and it says activation period has expired. I am typing this on another, ancient pc--surprised it is still usable. But will try to do all this from corrupted pc.

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So,

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

Answer:Activation with old key?

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

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Question: Activation XP

Hello,

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

Answer:Activation XP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So my question is:

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

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

Thank you very much in advance for your sugestions

Answer:Win 10 No Activation

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

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Question: XP Activation

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

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

Faulty Ram

Cmos battery ( not sure on that one)

Software problem

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

Cheers Guys.

Welshdude

Answer:XP Activation

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

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

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Question: SP2 and activation

I have also put this on the SP2 forum.I recently installed win xp home. Before activating I thought I would install SP2 disk from ms but it wont let me. Does xp have to be activated before I can install sp2? If yes can I install sp1 without activation. Obviously I want to ensure I am secure before going on the net.

Answer:SP2 and activation

Probably, because SP2 checks your product key for validity. You need to have SP1 and SP1a installed before going online to activate. There is no problem with them.

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

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

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

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

Thanks!!

Tuner

Answer:Activation changes?

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

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Question: Activation key

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

Thank you.

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

Answer:Activation

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

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Question: Activation

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

Validation Code: 50
Cached Online Validation Code: 0xc004c4a8
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-M8JC8-YTC67-FQWDB
Windows Product Key Hash: YHK2MoHFYAookdjFHatAgN3s4z8=
Windows Product ID: 00359-030-5133504-85894
Windows Product ID Type: 5
Windows License Type: Retail
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010300.1.0.003
ID: {7D8DAFD3-EA58-4856-9E0A-9E099BC13917}(3)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Home Premium
Architecture: 0x00000000
Build lab: 7601.win7sp1_gdr.130104-1431
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A

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

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

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

OGA Data-->
Office Status: 109 N/A
OGA Version: N/A, 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Office Diagnostics: 025D1FF3-364-80041010_025D1FF3-229-80041010_025D1FF3-230-1_025D1FF3-517-80040154_025D1FF3-237-80040154_025D1FF3-238-2_025D1FF3-244-80070002_025D1FF3-258-3

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Answer:Activation

There is a LOT of data missing from the report.
Please post the FULL UNEDITED report - then we can begin diagnosis.

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

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as some of you may know, i short circuited my motherboard.... (fool i know). I have windows xp on the hard drive. To install the motherboard i'll have to reinstall windows. Everything (except from some more ram, and an added cd- drive) is the same form when i first installed windows, but will windows refuse my activation code on the grounds it's 'another pc' because it will have a new motherboard and processor?

Answer:xp activation

they are not as bad as some paintedLong live Northwood

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Question: Activation Key:

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

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

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

What do I do??!!!

Answer:Activation Key:

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

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I am upgrading a winxp dell laptop to win 7. The license is legit, I bought a new work system with a win 7 ultimate license and downgraded it to xp using my old xp license and wanted to use the win license to upgrade my home laptop, in effect swapping the licenses on both machines. I did a clean install on the home system, formatted the drive, the install appears to have gone correctly but never asked for the new license. When I try to enter the license manually it keeps telling me there is a problem and to call Microsoft and register over the phone. I would rather figure out what the problem is and get it corrected. I think the way I installed win 7 on my home system wasn't the best way to do it but at this point I'm not sure what the best next steps should be.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Answer:Win 7 activation

does it say it needs to be activated?

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Hi I have 2 pc one at home and one at my mother place
Qeustion is can I activate both pc from the same product key
Or what must I do
 

Answer:Activation key for 2 pc

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