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Activation says my key is only for upgrades not activation?

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

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?

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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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I have 4 systems to maintain - all had Win7 Ultimate 64bit, and all upgraded (free) to Win10 Pro successfully. Toward the end of this year, all 4 systems will have new motherboards, CPUs, memory and possibly SSDs.

I understand that major hardware changes will cause a deactivation state in Win10 (although I never had any issues with Win7 and hardware upgrades). It would be nice to just pop the old SSDs into each new system, do a few driver updates and be done...

I have seen references that the Win10 upgrade was ONLY good for the hardware it was installed on and you will have to purchase a copy of Win10 for your new hardware. I have also seen references that all you have to do is call MicroSoft, explain about your new hardware and reactivation should not typically be a problem.

I know I can start from scratch and put the original 7 on all of them and then do the free Win10 upgrade again, but this is tedious and I will likely lose most, if not all, of the third-party software (and games) that I had installed across the systems.

So the question is: has anyone done a major hardware upgrade after a free upgrade to Win10 from a valid Win7 / Win8 and successfully reactivated (assuming you were prompted for a reactivation)?

Answer:Activation after new hardware upgrades?

If you put in a new motherboard and CPU - it is a very BAD idea to move the old Windows installation over to it anyway due to the major differences in drivers that will result.

But, if you really want to try it that way - replace all the components and put in a blank hard drive or SSD. Install Windows 7 to it. Upgrade to Windows 10. Make sure that is activated. Then either put the old hard drive back in or clone the old hard drive to the new hard drive/SSD. The old Windows 10 should calculate the same Hardware ID for the new components as the upgrade Windows 10 did and will retrieve the activation from the activation servers that was pushed when you did the Windows 7 to Windows 10 upgrade prior. Maybe. Worth a try.

If you previously had Windows 7 retail licenses and product keys, read the Windows 10 upgrade EULA and notice that it says that retail licenses are supposed to upgrade to retail licenses and retain transferability, but in reality they upgrade to OEM licenses of Windows 10. Push the issue with Microsoft and they might give you retail Product Keys for Windows 10.

If you had OEM licenses for Windows 7 before, then it violates the EULA to transfer those Windows 7 (and resulting Windows 10 upgrades) to the new systems created by a motherboard and CPU upgrade.

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I have 4 systems to maintain - all had Win7 Ultimate 64bit, and all upgraded (free) to Win10 Pro successfully. Toward the end of this year, all 4 systems will have new motherboards, CPUs, memory and possibly SSDs.

I understand that major hardware changes will cause a deactivation state in Win10 (although I never had any issues with Win7 and hardware upgrades). It would be nice to just pop the old SSDs into each new system, do a few driver updates and be done...

I have seen references that the Win10 upgrade was ONLY good for the hardware it was installed on and you will have to purchase a copy of Win10 for your new hardware. I have also seen references that all you have to do is call MicroSoft, explain about your new hardware and reactivation should not typically be a problem.

I know I can start from scratch and put the original 7 on all of them and then do the free Win10 upgrade again, but this is tedious and I will likely lose most, if not all, of the third-party software (and games) that I had installed across the systems.

So the question is: has anyone done a major hardware upgrade after a free upgrade to Win10 from a valid Win7 / Win8 and successfully reactivated (assuming you were prompted for a reactivation)?

Answer:Activation after new hardware upgrades?

If you put in a new motherboard and CPU - it is a very BAD idea to move the old Windows installation over to it anyway due to the major differences in drivers that will result.

But, if you really want to try it that way - replace all the components and put in a blank hard drive or SSD. Install Windows 7 to it. Upgrade to Windows 10. Make sure that is activated. Then either put the old hard drive back in or clone the old hard drive to the new hard drive/SSD. The old Windows 10 should calculate the same Hardware ID for the new components as the upgrade Windows 10 did and will retrieve the activation from the activation servers that was pushed when you did the Windows 7 to Windows 10 upgrade prior. Maybe. Worth a try.

If you previously had Windows 7 retail licenses and product keys, read the Windows 10 upgrade EULA and notice that it says that retail licenses are supposed to upgrade to retail licenses and retain transferability, but in reality they upgrade to OEM licenses of Windows 10. Push the issue with Microsoft and they might give you retail Product Keys for Windows 10.

If you had OEM licenses for Windows 7 before, then it violates the EULA to transfer those Windows 7 (and resulting Windows 10 upgrades) to the new systems created by a motherboard and CPU upgrade.

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Hey all,

So what is the latest when it comes to re-installing Windows 10 after an upgrade in this post-CD Key world?

My stepson?s rig is (an FX-8350) is starting to have problems, and I suspect the motherboard might be on the way out. I am considering replacing it with a motherboard CPU bundle at Microcenter (Maybe a low end Ryzen?) but I am concerned what will happen with Windows 10 when I do so.

I remember reading that if you register your system with a windows account it automatically remembers it and re-activates, but I don?t do windows accounts.

All of my systems are local accounts only, and no one in the house has a Microsoft account or wants one. Under no circumstance will I sign up for a Microsoft account or have nay of the machines in my house tied to one. It?s a matter of principle.

So, in this circumstance, what happens if ? after the upgrade and reinstall ? Windows 10 fails to activate? Is there a number I can call or something? And if so, how do I prove I have a legitimate copy, if I don?t have a CD-Key? Using the CD Key of the old Windows 7 disc I upgraded him from?

I?d appreciate any information and suggestions anyone may have regarding this process!
 

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I recently installed a new SSD hard drive and did a clean install of Windows 7 Professional on it. Regrettably, it's not letting me validate it with my product key because my original hard drive started with Windows 7 Home Premium (I have the product key for that) and I had downloaded the upgrade to Professional (I have the product key for that too), but because I went straight to Win7 Professional on the clean install, it won't accept my product key because it's just an upgrade. I get the reasoning behind that but there has to be a way (I hope) with BOTH product keys to verify I'm a legitimate user without reinstalling Home Premium just to turn around and upgrade to Pro? Hoping against hope!

Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

Answer:Clean Install Activation Issue with Win7 Upgrades

Is the original hard drive still in the loop, did you take it out of the system ?

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Greetings!

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

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

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

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

Any ideas?
 

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

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

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

Answer:Windows 8 activation problem after 2 years of activation

Please Read: Activation troubleshooting

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

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Hi 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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So when the big Windows 7 preorder deals were flying around, I jumped on the one newegg was offering and it's still on hold waiting for the October release.

I was wondering if anyone has a concrete answer as to whether or not you actually have to have Vista or XP installed AND ACTIVATED before you're able to use your upgrade CD to install Windows 7.

any info is appreciated
 

Answer:definitive answer on Win7 "upgrades" re:activation

xnorthx said:


So when the big Windows 7 preorder deals were flying around, I jumped on the one newegg was offering and it's still on hold waiting for the October release.

I was wondering if anyone has a concrete answer as to whether or not you actually have to have Vista or XP installed AND ACTIVATED before you're able to use your upgrade CD to install Windows 7.

any info is appreciated Click to expand...

the prior os needs to be activated.
Posted via [H] Mobile Device
 

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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
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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Question: OEM Activation

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

Answer:OEM Activation

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

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Question: activation key

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

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

so what do i do now?

how do i activate it.?

thanks.
 

Answer:activation key

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Question: Re-activation

If one has Windows 7 RC in use with a RC-productkey, is it possible to change the productkey to the 'official' one (after 22-10) in order to obtain a legal OS?

Answer:Re-activation

Hello Henks, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I'm sorry, but you will not be able to use a retail (RTM) product key for pre-retail versions (RC or Beta) versions of Windows 7.

Shawn

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Question: XP activation

If I install XP Pro corporate on the 25th out of 25 machines and this machine then needs to have a re-install, can I activate a 26th time?Canit be done over the internet or is this what M$ has disabled?

Answer:XP activation

Do you mean you have formatted 25 times and installed WinXP?You can format your system as much as you wish and you can still activate Windows. You should be able to activate it over the internet as usual, but Microsoft will stop you from doing this if you keep formatting it, so that you will phone them and they will ask you why you keep formatting. If the reason is genuine, then they will give you a code to type in and allow you to activate Windows over the net again. (They do this for security as someone may be installing Windows onto identical computers and teh activation tool wont know this if they have the same hardware.)

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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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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
When I try to activate Windows Vista, i get error message 0x800705B4 and I have been unable to activate it. Is anyone able to help?

Answer:Activation

how do you activate windows hermanator?

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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: Win 7 Activation

I recently upgrade from XP to Win 7. Did so on 3 computers. One now keep's
giving me this message that "Windows 7 could not activate" then upon clicking on it give's alternatives to activate, phone, re-enter product key. I re-entered the key 3 X to make sure it was right, and was told it was not the right key, this is the same key I used to upgrade to begin with and have two other computers working with this key. Windows is operating normally but why this message? I am afraid that Win 7 might stop working if this is not resolved. T.I.A. for any help.
 

Answer:Win 7 Activation

Correct me if I'm wrong here, you used the same key on all 3 machines? It sounds like you don't have multiple copies of W7. It's one machine per copy unless you got a pack and that's out of my league to answer.
 

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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: os activation

hi
i formated my laptop(EXTENSA TRAVELMATE 2490) with windows xp proffessional so i couldnt activate until 30 days of activation expireration. the problem is i cant activate by internet coz LAN drivers ar not available and i tried to download some couldnt work. to activate by 4ne failed coz the 4ne number from where iam(botswana) is not working and there is no tollfree number. is there any possible way i could use to activate my OS?

Answer:os activation

Download the drivers on another computer and then transfer it over to your computer.

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Question: DSL activation!

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

Answer:DSL activation!

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

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Question: 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: XP activation?

I activated my copy of XP on one of my computers about a month ago, but said computer is on it's last leg. My Mom got me an old computer from her work, and I've installed the same version of XP on it. This brought to my attention that only one computer can have XP activated on it a time. Is there a way for me to "unactivate" XP on the computer I'll be throwing out, so that I can use it on my computer that actually works?
 

Answer:XP activation?

I believe a simple phone call to MS activation will solve the problem - buy yes, you can do that...
 

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Question: key activation

laptop gateway m6391 windows vista home basic 32 bits, my original operation was windows vista premium , but as my computer got hanged , so i borrowed windows vista and loaded it , but now i cant
activate it , my original window vista home premium key is at the back of the laptop. need your help to to upgrade to my original or recover vista home premium as the key at the back of the laptop
 

Answer:key activation

Where are your original install cd's? You can't 'borrow' an OS disk to install, as that OS is installed on another computer already. You will need to find your original install disks or call MS and talk to them.
 

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Question: XP Activation

I installed Windows XP (on a different machine than I'm using now). The 30 day activation grace period expired before I got hooked up to the internet, and now I can't start up anything. Is there a way to register now that I have the internet so that I may use my good CPU?
 

Answer:XP Activation

You can't use a single XP license concurrently on 2 PC's. With that disclaimer, go to start>all programs>accessories>system tools>activate windows.

You may have to activate over the phone. It's a bit tedious but it works.
 

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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: 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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Question: Activation SMB

Hello ,


Please should be informed that i disabled the SMB in my computer with OS 8.1 using the bellow command :

To disable SMBv1 on the SMB server, run the following cmdlet:
Set-SmbServerConfiguration -EnableSMB1Protocol $false


To disable SMBv2 and SMBv3 on the SMB server, run the following cmdlet:
Set-SmbServerConfiguration -EnableSMB2Protocol $false

so i can't access to any share item .
when i enabled the smb using

To enable SMBv1 on the SMB server, run the following cmdlet:
Set-SmbServerConfiguration -EnableSMB1Protocol $true

To enable SMBv2 and SMBv3 on the SMB server, run the following cmdlet:
       Set-SmbServerConfiguration -EnableSMB2Protocol $true
I still have no access to shared folders
can you help me please to solve this issue

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Question: Pro activation

I used the "anytime upgrade" option and upgraded Home Premium to Professional. I have decided that $90+ is a bit too much for the additional perks, and I have 3 days to activate Pro version. My question is what will happen in 3 days if I don't activate the Pro upgrade? My hope is that it will revert back to Home Premium, but will it stay in "pro" version and keep bugging me to put in the new key?

Answer:Pro activation

This is unlikely... There is no functionality in Windows 7 that permits it to roll-back to a previous version because you didn't purchase a new key...

I'm guess you're going to have to reinstall Premium...

Luck

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Question: Re-activation?

I have a legitimate copy of windows 7 home edition 64-bit. But for some strange reason, for the past week i have been getting a pop up saying that i need to re-activate. When i re-enter the key a window pops up saying that i can't activate using this key, and do i want to buy another on line???

Does anyone know what this is all about. Oh by the way the pop ups come from the task bar and look legitimate, not like any scams.

Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:Re-activation?

Have you called MS? When I have had to call them for a re-activation, it was pretty painless.
 

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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: Re-Activation?

OK today I got a random re-activation message on my Win7 Pro. The only thing that has changed was that I updated my video card driver yesterday. They actually said that might be the cause.

Has anyone else seen anything like this?

Answer:Re-Activation?

Activation is much more closely tied to hardware now than it was in the past, but that shouldn't cause a big problem, unless you have an OEM version of W7.

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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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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: XP re-activation

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

Answer:XP re-activation

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

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Question: 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: Activation

Anyone know how many times you can activate Windows XP? I have had to reinstall 4 times in 6 months because of problems and have had to phone in because of installing on newer computer.
 

Answer:Activation

If you are using the same computer and same licence without changing your hardware you can backup your Windows Activation state.

Before formatting copy the following files to a safe place that will still be available after wiping your hard drive such as a USB Flash Drive or a Floppy Disk.






%SYSTEM32%\wpa.dbl
%SYSTEM32%\wpa.bak <-- This one may not be present
Click to expand...

Once you have formatted and reinstalled window you will need to reboot into safe mode by restarting your computer and pressing F8 until the boot menu appears and selecting Safe Mode

Once in safe mode rename the exisiting files (if present) to:






%SYSTEM32%\wpa.dbl.old
%SYSTEM32%\wpa.bak.old
Click to expand...

Then copy the 2 files from your 'safe place' into the system32 folder.

Now when you reboot into Normal mode your windows will be activated.
 

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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

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

Thank you
 

Answer:Activation

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

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Question: Activation

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

Thank you
 

Answer:Activation

You mean Windows XP product key?

Check to see if its attached to the computer case somewhere.

Or if the computer is still running you can use Belarc to see what it is: http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html
 

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Question: Activation

I installed Office Student and Teacher Edition 2003 but each time I open Word I keep getting this message : You must activate your installation to fully enable all the features. If you choose not to activate at this time, you may run the software 45 more times before many of the features become unavailable.I have activated over the internet but keep getting this message.

Answer:Activation

You may find something useful at click here

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Question: Activation

Hi i recently installed Vista and after a month or so it rejected the OS. I tried putting in the Key that is located bhind the tower of the Desktop PC (Which is an XP activation key) But as far as i know u can update windows xp home to vista basic home. The way i got it on the desktop is by a Dell OEM installation disc, any advice as to what i should do? ty in advance

Answer:Activation

You have to use the Vista key, not the XP key.
If you are upgrading, and asked for the key number give the Vista number.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...-Windows-Vista
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...15(WS.10).aspx

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Question: XP activation

Hello Geeks
I finally seem to be running XP without a hitch with a 533 Celeron Processor.
I upgraded to 256 RAM (the most allowed). I changed the PS2 mouse to a serial mouse and changed the FAT32 file system to NTFS. Anyway when I upgrade how do I install the XP onto another HDD. How does that work? Can I activate the XP again after I upgrade to a different system if it was the same copy of XP? Am I stuck with this copy of XP on this computer?
Is it a one time deal?
Thanks
 

Answer:XP activation

No it's not a 1 time deal. You will have to activate it over the phone. This is such a grey area though. Microsoft haven't said anything officially about installing XP on more than one system.
They even ask you now when you activate it "have you installed this on any other machines"? You simply have to reply "no".
 

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Question: Win 7 Activation

Hi, can you help an old gimmer? I purchased a copy of Win 7 on Ebay back in July. I was taken to hospital on the day that I received it. So I was not able to install it until last week. The activation failed and said the code was not genuine, (although it is on the box); the buyer is no longer on Ebay and I have no way of contacting him/her. So is there any work around, or do I have to bite the bullet and buy another version???? Anticipating your replies, LFU2

Answer:Win 7 Activation

The product key should be on the Windows cover, inside the plastic box.

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Question: XP Activation

Hi
I am working on a recent compaq running xp hm sp 2 - evidentally after the owner did a windows update, the fit hit the shane, so to speak, and had no backup. they also had no xp cd. I have a similar dell cd, xp home sp 2.

To make a long story short, the owner does not want to lost data, so I thought I might be able to use my cd. I feel like the liscencing issue should not be a problem because each pc has its own seperate coa sticker on the case and they run the same operating system.

If everyone agrees that the existing liscenses are fine, maybe you can set my on the right path for the next part:

I thought to recover windows using the xp cd. after booting off the cd, then repairing the operating system, it wants me to activate. the ethernet does not appear to be working, but the modem does. xp tries to dial in to verify, but does not receive a confirmation. It then gives me the option to telephone in to verify. This is an automated process, with no-one to speak with other than the "operator" - evidentially a computer based menu.
the compaq, having appeared to successfully repair itself, offers an "activation ID" to use over the phone to activate.

Here is the problem. Evidentally the dell cd must not jive with the compaq because it kicks back my "activation ID." Is there a way to talk with a person over there at Microsoft? Or does the owner simply have to buy another CD? Are there any other workarounds? Remember, we... Read more

Answer:XP Activation

First, let me say we will not assist with any type of software piration.

Dell disk should only be used on a Dell System. Compaq should have Restore Disk, if the user does not have them then they should contact Compaq so they can get them.

Other option would be to buy the OEM copy of XP. Using a Dell reinstallation disk is not recommended.

Also, the installation needs to match the COA sticker key, if it doesnt then it needs to be an OEM copy.
 

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Question: activation

how to activate my microsoft word /excel/powerpoint/ ....im not familair in this issue could u help me theres a question im must need to enter the product key but i don"t know how to find that.... please guide me to fix this. This is a new laptop actually. thanks

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Question: OEM activation

I installed dual boot vista home premium OEM on my XP Pro HP Turion tl-50 X2 Nvida 6150 2 GIG laptop. I am not sure about keeping it on this machine. I did enter the product key but did not activate it. Can I still put it on another machine as long as I don't let it to activate automatcally? I have one more day before it will activate.
 

Answer:OEM activation

Because you've never activated it, that license key isn't assigned to any computer, so as MajorDomo said above, it's still available for another PC.
 

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Question: XP Activation

I was cleaning & found an unopened package that contains my XP Pro SP2b English 1pk DSP CD,
can I activate this on a new/clean HD?

Answer:XP Activation

If unused YES.

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i need to get around from activating windows, how do i do that
 

Answer:how do u get around activation

maze said:



i need to get around from activating windows, how do i do thatClick to expand...

Buy a licence
 

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Question: activation

I have win 10 on a 500gb hdd (loaded with spamware) and it is activated. I added a 160gb to the system--same motherboard--formatted it then installed win 10--how do I activate this hdd? I would like to clean install on the 500gb hdd but I wanted win 10 on other drive first.

Answer:activation

robert said:

I have win 10 on a 500gb hdd (loaded with spamware) and it is activated. I added a 160gb to the system--same motherboard--formatted it then installed win 10--how do I activate this hdd? I would like to clean install on the 500gb hdd but I wanted win 10 on other drive first.



Settings -> Update & Security -> Activation

What did you do when it asked you for a product key during the installation?

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Question: xp activation

where is the activation information kept once activated?

Answer:xp activation

Microsoft.

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Question: XP Activation

I'm going to fit a bigger hard drive which will require a fresh XP install. The system components will be the same ones, apart from the new drive. Will the current saved wpa.bak & wpa.dbl files be acceptable to the XP activation still?

Answer:XP Activation

Depends on which parts of the PC the activation registers against and how many changes have been made since activation.I suggest you download XPinfo click here which will tell you much more.

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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: Activation.

Can I activate Windows 7 Ultimate with a Windows 7 Enterprise MAK key?

Answer:Activation.

I don't know but I wouldn't think so, I thought that the keys related to the version you have installed, or what you want to install.

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Question: Win 7 Activation

Is there going to be anywhere to purchase a key for the RTM?? And no I don't mean Technet subscriptions where you have to pay $1000. How long is the RTM good for without a key?

Answer:Win 7 Activation

You get a key when you buy the retail package. You can re-arm and use Win7 w/o a key for 90-120 days.

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HI,I have just installed XP PRO but can't find the Activation anywhere. Usually under system tools but not there. Could it be that it got activated automatically during installation/set up. When Xp was installing I went away to amke a cup of tea. Any info much apprecaited.

Answer:No XP Pro activation?

BTW, updates have downloaded automatically and installed. Is this further evidence that it was activated w/o my knowing during the XP installation process?

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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

my friend has had to reinstall XP home, (oem )when he tried to activate it by internet,microsoft said it had exceeded the number ofactivations aloud,and he should use another key.does that mean he must buy another disc ?

Answer:Activation

To get another key, yes the only way to do so is to buy another disk.However - I am not aware that there is an "allowed number of activations" - just that too many within a period will necessitate you explaining why to MS.I think you friend should call them again and explain the situation, assuming there's a legitimate reason for an excess number of re-installs.

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Question: XP Activation

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

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

Faulty Ram

Cmos battery ( not sure on that one)

Software problem

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

Cheers Guys.

Welshdude

Answer:XP Activation

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

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

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Question: activation

My daughter had to reinstall Vista, but she cannot get it activated.In the notification area, she is given choices, if she clicks,Activate over the internet, she gets an error window,Activate by phone, she gets a request to give numbers,In XP one can type in Run, oobe/msoobe /A, and a blue screenGives you the option as above, and if you choose by phoneYou get a line of numbers to tell Microsoft, by pressing them on your phone.She nor I know how to get to that screen in Vista.In Vista if you type oobe/msoobe /A it gives you the installation window

Answer:activation

Vista click here (windows-vista-update.com)You can activate either online or by phone. To activate online you need an Internet connection. Activating by phone requires interacting with an automated phone system.To activate Windows on this computer, do the following: Open Windows Activation by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Computer, clicking Properties, and then clicking Click here to activate Windows now. Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.You can then select the method you want to use to activate.Note If you chose to automatically activate Windows online when you set up your computer, automatic activation begins trying to activate your copy of Windows three days after you log on for the first time.Or is this what you mean/want?To check your Windows activation status, do the following:1. Open System by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking System.2. Under Windows activation, you can view your activation status. You can also change your product key by clicking Change product key.

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hey this might be completely inappropriate remove this thread if it is but, how am i suppost 2 get past this 30 day activation, can i just activate online?

Answer:activation of win 7

Use this link to get a legitimate key from Microsoft.

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

Answer:no activation key for new pc

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

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Question: Activation nag

Firstly, if this has been answered in another thread, I apologise, although a search of the threads did not answer my query.

I have downloaded an installed from the Microsoft site this version of Win7 RC, which came out in early May to general release. It is the 32 bit version, and activated with a key from the Microsoft site.

My problem,

Every so often I get a nag saying that Windows needs activating, now I don't get a black background like in Vista, and the wallpaper/theme remains unchanged.

The advice the nag gives is to go to the download site, obtain a new key and enter it. This I have done 3-4 times now, but after a few days the nag reappears.

I know this is an RC version, unpaid for and all that, and that come June next year it going to crash itself every two hours, however, is it normal for the activation nag to keep occurring.?

If not, what can I do about it, other than to keep reentering a key every 3-4 days?

Answer:Activation nag

  
Quote: Originally Posted by peasant


Firstly, if this has been answered in another thread, I apologise, although a search of the threads did not answer my query.

I have downloaded an installed from the Microsoft site this version of Win7 RC, which came out in early May to general release. It is the 32 bit version, and activated with a key from the Microsoft site.

My problem,

Every so often I get a nag saying that Windows needs activating, now I don't get a black background like in Vista, and the wallpaper/theme remains unchanged.

The advice the nag gives is to go to the download site, obtain a new key and enter it. This I have done 3-4 times now, but after a few days the nag reappears.

I know this is an RC version, unpaid for and all that, and that come June next year it going to crash itself every two hours, however, is it normal for the activation nag to keep occurring.?

If not, what can I do about it, other than to keep reentering a key every 3-4 days?


Have you actually Activated it yet?

You need to click on the the Activate now and let it go through to Microsoft etc.....
If you have done that....have you done anyting else...like removing the Watermark with a hack etc....this can cause problems with activation...

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Windows XP is telling me it needs activation within the next 3 days for some reason.  I have the XP product key but it when i enter the product key nothing happens.  The product key is good.  We even tried to load Windows 98 on one occasion and Windows 2000 but the pc would not accept those either with their respective proper product keys. Any ideas because it appears in 3 days i will be without a computer.  Thanks

Answer:T40 XP says needs activation?

We called Microsoft and the person who helped us said " it is an IBM problem". Microsoft made sure we had the correct product key and the T40 wouldn't accept it. It just reverted back to XP and that pop up note that says activation required within 3 days. It's a T40-2373.

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Question: Win XP Activation.

Hello!

Currently am running win xp pro sp2. For the past few days everytime i start the machine and before the OS loads up, I see on the blue welcome screen it says " you have 7 days to activate the product. Do you wish to activate it now?" SO i clicked ok. and i got the activation screen where it said the product is already activated. However as next day it becomes 6 days and then 5 and now 4.

What can be done? What's wrong?

P.S. I have run a SP2 crack to activate windows.
I have been runing sp2 well for the past month and a half.


ty

Jackt
 

Answer:Win XP Activation.

Guess your crack wasn't all it was cracked up to be.
 

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Question: Win 7 activation

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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Question: Activation

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

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

Answer:Activation

fred0843 said:

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

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



Hi there

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

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

Cheers
jimbo

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Question: 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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Im going to be buying 2xraptors for some RAID 0 action, and was gonna use this opportunity to move up to Windows XP as well.

My question is, after the initial install/activation, how often am I gonna have to deal with the ms activation crap.

1. If i reformat the pc, changing none of the hardware will it require another activation?
2. What about hardware upgrades (with or without a reformat) will it refuse me?
3. I read the faq saying that officially only a mobo change would require a new liscence?
4. Can i install it on more then one hdd on the same pc?
 

Answer:XP Activation, how often?

1. If i reformat the pc, changing none of the hardware will it require another activation?
Yes. However, there is a trick where you can save your WPA info and copy it back onto the machine. Google = friend

2. What about hardware upgrades (with or without a reformat) will it refuse me?
You will have to reactivate if you swap out enough hardware. Adding something like a NIC won't force you to.

3. I read the faq saying that officially only a mobo change would require a new liscence?
If you purchase an OEM copy it is tied to the mobo of the computer you installed it on. If you purchased a retail copy this does not apply to you and you can reinstall it on other computers (one at time)

4. Can i install it on more then one hdd on the same pc?
Hmm, never thought of that, but I don't see why not since only one is active at any given time. The activation would allow it so I'd say yes.
 

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Question: XP activation

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

Answer:XP activation

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

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Question: 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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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: XP Activation

I have a lap top running windows XP home the soft ware was preinstalled will i have to activate the product within the 30days or has this already being done if so how do i go about it

Answer:XP Activation

I have a HP laptop with XP home and I have reinstalled at least three times and never have I had it validated. My PC I have to have Validated every time I reinstall.

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not talking piracy here, talking about x32 to x64. i have a legit x32 serial from school. however, i'm wondering if it works with x64? i find that a simple solution since microsoft is giving it free for valid x32 owners, how come we cant just download x64 (the trial from microsofts website) and use our old serial and register that way?

is it possible?

has anyone tried their x32 serial with the 64 trial or the 64bit free upgrade?

i just hope i am able to use x64 without spending more errr!

****

if not, has anyone rescieved their free x64 upgrade from microsoft yet in the mail?

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/64bit/evaluation/trial.mspx

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/64bit/upgrade/default.mspx
 

Answer:xp 64 activation...

It won't work, x64 uses a different logarithm to generate keys. You have to use Microsoft's exchange program thinger.
 

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

Answer:Activation Win 10 pro - how

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

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

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Question: XP activation

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

Answer:XP activation

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

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Question: XP Activation

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

Answer:XP Activation

Did you use it more than 3 times?

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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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I purchased an original Windows 7 package last year and since it was on my son's PC, I forgot to officially register the system and have since lost the activation key. I am happy to buy another one on line but every time I try, the MS site directs me to Win 8...any suggestions?

Answer:Trying to buy an activation key for Win 7

Greetings WixPip, to TSF.

I suggest that you contact your local Microsoft Office directly, either by telephone, or email, rather than trying via the website.
Explain to them your plight, and see if they can help you.

Microsoft Hong Kong Contact Details.
(Click the Blue Link.)

Please post back with how you got on with Microsoft.

Kind Regards,

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Question: fsx activation

how does one change fsx from trial to activated. it was downloaded but something went wrong somewhere any ideas and help appreciated.
 

Answer:fsx activation

how does one change fsx from trial to activatedClick to expand...

I have no idea what fsx is.
Is it a program or game that you have to pay for and that you have been using during a time-limit trial period?
it was downloaded but something went wrongClick to expand...

Where did you download it from?

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Question: Activation

Ok so this laptop i have does the activation is required upon login. I click yes to tell it to bring the activation window up and it logs off. IT isn't beyond the 30 days. I did a repair install and its still doing the same thing. You guys have any ideas?
 

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Ok, Well I have recently used the recovery cd to install a new verson of windows but it won't allow me to activate my windows XP Home Edition computer. It says Because i have already used my key too many times. And i have recovered my windows many times so that is the reason, but can anyone help me to activate it so it will work? I only have about 15 days left before i loose control of my computer. Any idea guys?

Thanks for the help!
I REALLY need it!!

-Moneenfan
 

Answer:Help With Activation Of XP!

All you need to do is cal the telephone number on the activation screen and explain to the tech that answers the phone. depending on how good your explanation is will either get you a new authorization or a refusal. If refused they will sell you a new product ID for somewhere between $100.00 and $200.00 depends one what version of Windows you need.

This is the only thing that you can do.
 

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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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