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Activating XP

Q: Activating XP

My problem is that yesterday, when I started windows XP, it appeared a message saying that I have 7 days to activate my windows xp. OK, I put the key, and it said that it was activated. But, today when I've started the computer, it sayd that I have 6 days to activate it. And when I enter where you have to put the key, it says that it is activated. What's the problem? Will I lose windows xp in 6 days? Or I have to trust that it's activated?

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A: Activating XP

Somethning is not sticking....if this is not a legit copy of windows then you may have a problem on your hands

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Apologies, I'm sure this question has been asked quite a number of times, so please bear with me. ^^'

Anyway, after becoming the victim of several viruses the past few days, I opted to finally pay up for a copy of Norton anti-virus and dump the free versions of ZoneAlarm and AVG. Suffice to say that in between that it involved 2 fresh installs of Windows XP and one Repair.

The first two times, under Service Pack 1 (which is contained on my own Windows XP Prof. CD) Windows allowed the activation via internet. So, at this point, using windows updater, I downloaded all important drivers and updates. Everything fine so far. Then, upon successfully downloading and installing Service Pack 2, and being prompted to do a restart. My internet stopped working, i.e. the network was not being picked up despite everything being connected right.

So, I called my uncle down, who's good with these things, and he suggested it might be something to do with my installation not recognising the network, i.e. the CD being Service Pack 1.
Anyway, he brought his own copy of Windows XP down (SP2) and used the repair function in the Windows installer. And, everything was working good. Internet was back up. Norton installed etc.

Anyway, I thanked him and he went home. Now, the problem:

When I go into Windows activation, I get to the part where it's 'Checking for Connectivity' where at this point it will tell me that Online activation can not be completed at this time, and that I have X d... Read more

A:Activating XP.

There MAY be a difference in license types - one may be OEM and the other FULL (or Upgrade). You would be best phoning MS and getting the activation sorted out. I don't know who suggested to you that phoning them was a lot of trouble (because they are WRONG). If you are having activation problems then MS are the people to talk to.

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Im trying to activate windows 7, in the activation screen it asks me to type my product key... my key starts with two "0" it wont let me type them!!!! today is my last day to try !! what do i do!!!?

A:Help Activating 7!!!

are you sure it's zeros or the alphabet letter o ?

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I have had my XP about three weeks now...how do I activate it?

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I have an older drive with windows 8.1 on it, I have copied the key from the OS. This drive was never updated to w10 but is a fully legal activated version of w8.1

I have just put together a new system and figured I could do a clean install of 586 w10 and just plug in the w 8.1 key and be all good for activation. Not so fast, activation will not accept the key.

MS tech on chat line said I would probably need to install old drive, fully update it and then upgrade to w10. That's a boat load of updates considering this drive was taken out the first moment w10 became available.

My question is I guess is there no less painful way to accomplish this?

A:activating w10

What error message appears when you select the "Change product key" option and enter your Windows 8.1 key?

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In one of my recent posts there was some confusion about the need for activating XP Pro. Having previously been told that I did not need to activate my XP Pro, others were telling me that I definately did. This concerned me, so I decided that I better look into this more deeply and came up with this information which I hope may help others in future.

If you bought the full boxed version of WinXP Pro - that one doesn't need
to be activated. The OEM one would ask for activation the same as
WinXP Home does ( even if you buy the full boxed one of that ).

If you got WinXP Pro along with the PC and a CD then that too wouldn't
ask for activation as it's under a Volume Licence Key and that will be
hard coded into the CD. Dell CD's are like that, even the WinXP Home
ones - using that also doesn't ask for activation.

A:Does Xp Pro Need Activating?

as it's under a Volume Licence KeyThe only places I have heard of uses for volume licence keys are in businesses and schools where large numbers of computers are managed. We have such in our school district. I am not sure of the support levels, but our volume Office licensing exempts support due to the cost of purchase.

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Hello, I was reading on a forum if XP is re-installed it is not neccessary to contact MS for re-activation, but to take a copy of file WPA.dbl and install it again.

My query is this, is there such a file for MS Office and use the same procedure as above? TIA.
What would the file name be?

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Hi : I'm trying to activate xp over the internet and do the reg stuff but it comes back that it could not establish a connection. The internet connection is working fine . Any suggestions to check

A:activating xp

Could be a problem with M$'s servers. It's probably not on your end. I'd just keep trying til M$ lets you in.

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Tried to activate using one of the universal keys and got this error:

0xC004B100 error the activation server has determined this computer cannot be activated

So how do I try a different key?

Any Suggestions

A:Activating 7

Just do it again. I got the same error but then I tried again after and it worked. The problem is just that it is timing out from the servers and you need to get through. So just keep trying.
EDIT: Oh and BTW Welcome to Seven Forums!!

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What changes to a working system will cause me to have to re-activate Windows Xp?

Changing the processor?

Changing the Motherboard?

Updating the BIOS on the motherboard?


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Hello,I am trying to re use Windows 7 Pro 64 Bit which came originally with Alienware laptop, which I no longer use and I want to set the Windows on my new desktop (non Alienware).On windows activation I get the following message:a problem occured when windows tried to activate error code 0xC004E003 (the error code means The Software Licensing Service reported that license evaluation failed).I have tried several options: * downloaded legitcheck from Microsoft but it did not work* tried replacing my product key with cmd / slmgr* called Microsoft they were asking for installation ID which I don't have the option to see, also the product ID I have given them was invalid, they were suggesting to contact you directly and ask for product KEY?I have the original cd, a copy of the product ID and CD Key. The Windows sticker with the product information at the back of the laptop is no longer readable. I could also look for service tag number if needed.Is there any solution to this?Thank you.

A:Re activating old OS (W7 Pro 64 Bit)

The version of Windows 7 which came with your Alienware Laptop is OEM and the OEM license is non-transferable. Dell/Alienware Windows 7 OEM can only be installed on hardware which has the Dell/Alienware Windows 7 OEM license.
Note: Dell/Alienware Windows 7 Pro OEM can be installed on supported new Dell/Alienware hardware which shipped with Windows 8.1 Pro OEM or Windows 10 Pro OEM by use of OEM Downgrade Rights.

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i have a genuine OEM copy of WIN XP (full version - not Upgrade), first installed on this homebuilt PC in 2006 (since then, a new MB was installed by shop in 2010......activation then was positive.)

now i am just wondering, because Microsoft have "washed their hands" for support of their XP OS, would Microsoft be concerned if i installed another new MB using this same OEM XP disc and would/should it activate ?


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I own a computer that came with Windows 8 preinstalled (OEM version, key embedded in BIOS).
Today I've decided to reinstall Windows, mainly because the upgrade from the Marketplace made it a bit laggy. As a student I have access to the MSDNAA versions, so I downloaded the 8.1.
Now I have two keys I could use -- the one that came bundled with the computer and the other I just "bought". I don't wanna waste the unused key for no good reason, so I was wondering if I could somehow activate 8.1 with the embedded key from 8.


A:Activating W8.1 with W8 OEM key

Originally Posted by ah4e

so I was wondering if I could somehow activate 8.1 with the embedded key from 8.

How to clean install Windows 8.1 if you have OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8 product key?

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Hi there I can't get the Wi-Fi to connect on my laptop. I usually use fn and f6
The only option is Bluetooth on/off
It worked until now

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Hello, I am having trouble activating windows 7 ultimate 32 bit. I bought the computer secondhand and it came with windows 7 already installed. I got a virus and had to format the computer and start a fresh. When it was taking me through the installation it asked for the key so I tried to type in the one that was used before but it wouldn't let me. So I just skipped that step and carried on using windows. Now its asking me to activate windows and when I try to input the code that was used when I first bought the computer it says "Unacceptable Character" when I type the first number. Why is it doing this and how can I sort it out? Thanks in advanced.

A:Need help activating

Type in the code from the COA, on the side of the PC.

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I bought a new Asus laptop today with Windows 7 Home Premium preinstalled, and my cousin (who supposedly happens to be a computer expert) formatted everything and set up Windows 7 Ultimate along with Ubunbtu.

I have downloaded the drivers and everything works fine, but Windows won't activate using the key at the back of the laptop. My cousin has also dumped an ISO image of the disk he used to install (Windows 7 Ultimate SP1, he told me) on my hard disk. Other than that, I have no Windows installation disks or anything.

How can I use my key to activate Windows? I don't need the Ultimate edition, Home Premium will be just fine.

A:Activating using OEM key

You can't use a key from a different version on Ultimate, OEM or otherwise.

Was the installation legitimate or was it something that's been pirated?

All you can do is either purchase Ultimate, or restore with the Asus master DVD...

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i just found the OEM windows xp Home edition with SP3 from my dell mini 9 (broken, and gotten rid of) so i tried installing it in VMware fusion on OS X, but it says my Product Key is unauthorized, what do i do? (didn't ask for key during installation, so i assume it's patched into the cd, if that's even possible)

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Hey guys,
So, I bought this new computer and it came with Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bits, with 30 days of activation.

Now, I want to activate it and I have a MSDN account, wich provides original keys for microsoft products.

The problem is, even if I get one of those keys, my windows 7 says it is not valid.

Any guess on how to fix it?

I tried the keys for x64.

A:Activating Problem

Is there a sticker on your computer that says windows 7 with a 25 digit number on it?

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I have added a Bluetooth adapter so I can sync my phone to the desktop. So far each time I try to hotsync with the phone, the phone does not connect.

Is there a script that I can download that activates the Bluetooth adapter?


A:Activating Bluetooth

Did the bluetooth adapter install correctly and is recognized by windows? Did it install drivers?

Start> In search type devices and press enter> In upper left click on Add A device.

Have a look here if it doesn't install drivers.

Let us know. A Guy

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Has anybody had a problem activating their Windows 7 o/s?

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I've not even managed to find one of my old serials yet

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I have bought 2 licences for my PC & Laptop, Home and a Pro.

I was wondering though, going on how the previous versions of Windows works - if I was to activate the 1 Pro PC now, then decide I want Pro on the laptop in the future and was to reintall and use the same product key, surely if I ring MS in a few months down the line to activate they will let me do it as if I got a new PC? I know in the past they'll let you activate a couple of times per year with a key?

A:Activating a second PC down the line?

Quote: Originally Posted by amdowney

I have bought 2 licences for my PC & Laptop, Home and a Pro.

I was wondering though, going on how the previous versions of Windows works - if I was to activate the 1 Pro PC now, then decide I want Pro on the laptop in the future and was to reintall and use the same product key, surely if I ring MS in a few months down the line to activate they will let me do it as if I got a new PC? I know in the past they'll let you activate a couple of times per year with a key?

I believe you are correct, it worked that way when I rebuilt my XP system. I just called Microsoft, told them what I had done, read them the key, and they put me in touch with a number to call to get a new key.

If you have the time, you might want to check with them ahead of time just to be sure.

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My sister purchased her laptop two weeks ago with Vista Home Premium 32 bit. I upgraded her laptop to 7 Home Premium 32 bit and wanted to know if she can order the Windows 7 Upgrade and use the product key that comes with the upgrade?

A:Question About Activating

What key did you use to upgrade her with??

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Hi there
just a little note --the activation procedure on W7 ENTERPRISE is slightly different from the normal method (assuming you are using an RTM version from Technet etc).

When you install you only get 3 Days and not the 30 before you have to activate if you don't enter a product key when installing (actually I wasn't prompted to in any case).

When you activate you wont't get a prompt to enter the product key -- you'll get an ERROR saying DNS error (which is about as far from the truth as you could imagine unless it means Duh 'Nother SxxT'.

You need to click on CHANGE PRODUCT KEY and enter the technet key you got.

Then it activates fine. Works on several machines as well.


A:Activating W7 ENTERPRISE

Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45

When you activate you wont't get a prompt to enter the product key -- you'll get an ERROR saying DNS error (which is about as far from the truth as you could imagine unless it means Duh 'Nother SxxT'.

Actually, it is a DNS error. The expectation is that a Windows 7 enterprise activation will happen with a KMS (key management server) in your environment and MS clients will look up the KMS host via a special record in DNS.

By using the change product key, you identify that you instead wish to use a MAK key (multiple activation key).

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I just solved a huge issue with windows 7 installation Freezing before it finished...

Now I am having a issue Activating it Windows 7 Home Premium on this HP G61

Due to the fact that the tag on the bottom of the laptop is worn and unreadable in parts, before I re-installed windows, I used a Product Key Grabber to grab what I thought was my windows key...
(This turned out to be a key registered to an ASUS laptop)

So now I have a fresh installation that needs activation and a half-unreadable product key.

I've read that you can call Microsoft support to activate over the phone, so I called them...
they told me I would have to call HP to get it, since Windows was preloaded on the machine when it was purchased...
So I called HP, after like 15 of trying to understand the lady who was asking random questions, she tells me that I have to purchase an extended warranty for them to read the product key to me, WHICH IS RIDICULOUS.

So my question is, what the hell do I do with this now?
Any advice would be appreciated.

A:Activating Windows 7

Not too sure, but it's either buy an extended warranty or buy Windows 7 and use that product key.

But, don't quote me, just guessing here.

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I've contracted the Ukash randsom virus so I downloaded Hitmanpro to create a usb that I can boot from.
I activated the free trial of Hitman on my uninfected computer, no problem, it says that my 30 day trial is active.
I create the usb using Kickstart, no problem.
I boot from the usb on the infected computer, do the scan, find the viruses but then it won't delete them because it says the 30 day trial has expired?
The only thing i can think of is that I have used Hitmanpro on the infected computer before (last year), would that not allow me to use it a second time even though my good computer says the software is active? ("one-time 30 day trial")
Or has the Ukash messed with my date/clock on the infected computer?
Thanks for your thoughts.

A:Hitmanpro not Activating?

Can you operate normally with your infected computer?If so download Minitoolbox - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/minitoolbox/
Start the application.Set ticks everywhere.Click GO button.After scan is done a log will appear.Save and attach it here.

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the file below is what the problem is
i cant activate the program because it cant connect to the internet
i tried after i disabled the firewall still did not work.

A:need help activating directv2pc

This program is not available to the general public, you need to be in the beta program to test this, you can go to DBSTalk.Com and sign up for a key. If you already signed up and have a key you should direct all your questions to the directv2pc thread on the CE forum.


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I have downloaded some screen savers but cannot find out how to activate them in Vista home version. Is there an easy way to achieve this?

A:Activating screensavers

Hi and welcome to TSF!
There are possibly millions of screensavers you can get on the Internet. Some of them are free and others you have to pay for. There are even some that are called "shareware' in that you can only use them for a short period of time and then you will have to delete it from your computer.

Make sure the new screensaver is in the Windows folder so that it will appear on the screensaver selection list.

Right click any blank space on your desktop.

?Select "properties"
?Go to the screensavers tab, you should see a drop-down list'
?Select the screensaver you downloaded.
?Click apply

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I am having a problem activating my copy of windows 7 I have an official product key that came with my Laptop when i put it in it says "Product Key not valid"
any ideas on how to fix this?

A:Problem activating

Quote: Originally Posted by gears96

I am having a problem activating my copy of windows 7 I have an official product key that came with my Laptop when i put it in it says "Product Key not valid"
any ideas on how to fix this?

Most laptops do not have to be activated if they came with windows 7 pre-installed on them.
If you installed windows on your laptop from another disk, then you could be mis reading the activation codes.

You might want to try your laptop manufacturer for the correct code if yours is incorrect.


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My acquaintance has a desktop computer with a Windows 7 license sticker on it. He would like to format the HDD, maybe even get a new SSD and install Windows 7 again. He has no installation media though.

So, will it work if I download Windows 7 from somewhere (where?) and he uses the old license key? Can the downloaded ISO have the SP1 included even if his license is from the time when the SP1 wasn't released yet?

Please, someone who knows about this in practice, please do tell.

Thank you!

A:Activating an old (OEM) license?

Was it x86 or x64 version? What language do you want?->language and bit version are irrelevant for license keys.

Does he have a OEM sticker on machine with license key on it?
win7 home premium?

Windows 7 Direct Download Links, Official Disk Images from Digital River for all the win7 ISO

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Here is my problem. I have a computer that got a virus and I had to replace the HD. The computer came with an 80 GB HD in SATA 0. I had installed a 500 GB HD on SATA 1 to increase my memory.

The 80 GB drive was the boot drive. When the virus got past my AV I had to replace the HD. I had an IDE 120 GB HD from a computer that was no longer working and since my present computer supports both IDE and SATA I installed the 120 GB drive as the boot drive until I could get another SATA drive.

I got another SATA drive, cloned the IDE drive with DriveImage XML, and tried to activiate the partition of the new SATA drive to use it as the boot drive.

But when I opened Disk Management and right clicked on the new SATA drive the "Mark partition as active" option was greyed out and I cannot find a way to activiate the partition on the new SATA drive to use it as the boot[system]drive.

If remove the 120 GB IDE drive the computer won't boot. With the 120 GB IDE drive in the computer I can't activate the partition on the new SATA drive.

Can anyone tell me how to activate the partition on the new SATA drive so I can use it as the boot[system]drive for the computer.

The computer is running XP Pro, SP3.


A:Activating partition

Just a fdew comments...

a. You cannot take a hard drive from System A...install it in System B...and expect it to work properly. The settings and drivers are different, the criteria used by PA for activation of the O/S are different (since they key on the installed components). The one possible exception would be if the systems were identical in hardware components, license, and operating system installed...and, even then, it would not be guaranteed to perform properly, IMO. So, I'm somewhat mystified that you assert that you have done so with no obvious problem booting the transplanted drive.

b. My experience is that for a partition to be set to active status...it must be done so during O/S installtion or the use of cloning software. I've not tried it at any other time. If one cannot set the partition active during cloning...I have no answer/conjecture about that other than to say there is a problem with either the hard drive or the cloning software. Setting a partition as active...does not overcome the lack of proper boot files...it only marks that partition as being capable of use to install/run a Windows O/S.

c. A system can reflect different drives installed, each with an active partition. This system has such, with XP on one partition on Drive 1 and Win 7 on one partition on Drive 2. Active partition, in this instance, means bootable.

d. I know nothing about using DriveImage XML, but I suggest that you read up on how it works or does not work.

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Here's my situation:

Today I reinstalled windows because it was giving me problems, reinstalled some programs, recovered backed up documents etc. However, I still need to activate windows, but I can't. The product ID shown in my "System" panel is "invalid for activation," and when I try to change it, I cant do that either. I cant change it because (and I forgot to mention, I made this computer so its an OEM version of Vista) the product ID on the sticker that is supposed to go on your case is no longer valid because when I got a new motherboard, I had to call to activate windows. So I guess the question is, who do I call to get a new product ID, and what information do I need to tell them?
Sorry for the longish post but thank in advance

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I also have the problem that the automatic phone system to activate not appearing ,
so any suggetion please i have key ....

the MGADiag detail is given below.


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

Validation Code: 0
Cached Online Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004f012
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-PPKRR-8J7T4-TJHTH
Windows Product Key Hash: 2Xg0gGJgLddefMxQtBCLuEuvT3c=
Windows Product ID: 00346-OEM-8992752-50008
Windows Product ID Type: 2
Windows License Type: OEM SLP
Windows OS version: 6.1.7600.2.00010300.0.0.002
ID: {07323CCF-97C2-4807-9039-40B484A396ED}(1)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Home Basic
Architecture: 0x00000000
Build lab: 7600.win7_rtm.090713-1255
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
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A:Not activating problem

go to run and type slui 04, that will allow you to use the phone activation

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hi -

I got a free (legal!) 32-bit copy of Windows 7 at last year's New Efficiency roadshow but as it was 32-bit, I didn't ever install it and instead waited for a 64-bit version. Recently my gf's machine has been having lots of problems with XP and after several hours of pointless troubleshooting I decided to use the 32-bit copy of W7 on her machine.

So - this was 3 weeks ago and in the meantime, my OCD-gf has thrown away the cardboard sleeve that the disc came in, and by doing so has thrown away the key which means I can't activate it. My questions are:

1. What will I lose by not activating this?
a) Will I still be able to update Windows via microsoftupdate.com
b) Are there certain features that will become disabled if i don't activate it?

2. I was just poking around on the MS website and it seems that the only way I can get another key is to buy another copy of W7 from them. As this one was free (to me), I would be ok with paying for another key, but is there really no way of getting another copy of them short of paying full retail price for it?

thanks in advance!

A:What do i lose by not activating W7?

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Using indow XP for an HP Laptop. I am trying to get rid of Scurity Tools using your instructions on the web. I am currently on safe mode and downleaded all the necessary files and finally also download into program files all the Malawire files. I am doing doble click on the shortcut icon as well as directly from the program files folder but no respond. The program does not start!

If indeed I need to deactivate the default antivirus program, ho I do that from safe mode

A:Activating Malawirebyte

Reference, please follow exactly, Security Tool Removal Guide..If you continue to have problems executing the above...I suggest that you follow the instructions listed after Item 25 of the guide, which begin "If you are still having problems...".Louis

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i used an activation crack for windows 7 build 7000 when after crack there are no key and statue when i look the propertise.is this correct crack or tell me to crack it.pls give me the link of crack tool if you done it correctly

A:Activating the windows 7

Hello Namila,

Why use a crack, with unkown problems that can come from it, when you can get a Windows 7 Beta product key number directly from Microsoft for free below. Select to download your version of Windows 7 to get a key.

Windows 7 Beta Customer Preview Program

You will need to have a Windows Live ID and cookies enabled to get one from the link above.


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I recently got a new computer and while reformatting my hard drive and reinstalling Windows XP I had to go do something and asked my roommate to watch my computer while it was installing. He went ahead and finished the instal for me and put his info in instead of waiting for me to come back, which I had already registered this copy of XP, so when I went to activate it. it said it had been activated too many times for the license. Now Windows won't load until I buy a new license......does anyone know how I can uninstall this version of XP and go back to my old version of 98 and then reinstall it with my info?

A:Activating XP Problem

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I just downloaded SP2 for Internet Explorer 6.0 on a Windows XP Pro machine. I installed it and rebooted by computer like it told me to. Now, I'm told, that in order for it be any use, I have to activate it. How do I do this? Is this even true?

A:Solved: activating SP2

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I have problem , I have 2 copies of Windows XP and recently have tried to update my Windows ME computer to XP I basically was having trouble with ME and wanted to have all three PCs on the same network using the same OS.

After wasting so many hours trying to get into Dos in Windows ME, I finally figured out how to format it and now I have installed Windows Xp. Everything went pretty smooth until I get to the Activation Screen.

I know have 30 days but I want to have this thing working now once and for all. I have tried to activate it over the phone but the automated system rejects the product key. I tried activating over the net and they tell me the same thing.

The product Key came with the disc. I am in the process of calling Microsoft but I was wondering if anyone knew what could be the problem here?

A:Activating Windows Xp

Do I understand that you have 2 copies of XP, but they are installed on 3 PC's?

Can't do that, every PC must have it's own licenced copy. It cannot be installed on more than one PC (or it fails activation).

However that may not be what you actually mean, it's hard to interpret exactly.

But if its a new, unused copy of XP that is failing activation then a phone call is needed.

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I have a legit copy of windows 7 am I have just attempting to re-install on a computer of mine. I do NOT have it installed anywhere else, I am NOT trying to install the same copy of windows in tandem with another computer. I have also re-installed in the past with zero issues across different hardware setups.

So, I type in my product key and it doesn't appear to work. It never tells me the key is invalid, it just won't accept it current. It prompts me with the typical options to contact MS to buy a new one, etc. I am kind of at a loss now. I have uninstalled from one computer and installed problem free to another in the past without an issue. I don't know why now this is a problem now.


A:Help Activating Windows 7

See if this will answer your ?. Normally a phone call to explain why you needed to change parts of your computer will get you taken care of.


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When I re-configured my laptop recently, a few days after, I started getting a little pop-up that said I had a certain number of days to activate windows... so I clicked on it numerous times and it said "you have already activated windows, clik ok to exit" ... so I did. The same pop-ups kept happening, and I kept trying, but always the same prompt. So I guess time has expired to activate windows (even though it always said that I already did) and now I cant log in! When I turn on my computer it tries to log on but then It says I must activate my windows before logging on, but then it says I am already activated. Then I try to log on and it repeats the same message. Sorry for the novel guys, but Im desperate to fix this problem! I have windows xp. Any advice will help!

A:Activating Windows?

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First off, this is a legit copy of XP Home, and I've used it and successfully activated it in the past. The problem is that when I click on Activate Windows, this is what appears. I've tried waiting awhile, but this is all the farther it gets. Nothing is sucking resources while it's sitting there, and everything seems to be working just fine otherwise. I really have no idea what to do other than reformat and reinstall everything again. Obviously if anybody has any suggestions for how I can avoid this, I would be thankful.

A:Trouble Activating XP

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I aready think I know the answer to this question , but I'll ask anyway. I had win/xp home edition installed on a machine which I no longer use. Question can I install this version of windows on a new machine and still activate it with the original key or do I need to call Microsoft and obtain a new key to reactivate windows? which I assume will cost me $

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I bought the dell laptop with win7 professional 32bit (oem) already installed, last week I deleted the OS and made a clean install of win7 professional 64bit (from a downloaded ISO). I extracted the licence key with the jelly bean key finder but the activation failed with the error: 0xC004E003. Later on I find out that the key is hidden behind the battery, but it was a very different key then the "key finder" showed, anyway I used it but got immediately (without showing the ?growing? green line) a message that its the wrong key.
I tried to use the slui 4 command to activate the activation per phone dialog. The dialog did open but no option for phone activation.
Is there a way to activate my win7 OEM version?

A:Activating Win7 OEM

You can't use the Dell OEM key with a different version of Windows. The Dell key is only valid for the 32 bit OEM version. You need a new key that is for that Win 7 Professional 64 bit OS.

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How can I activate a new installation of XP via the internet? When I installed XP, I was offered the option to activate then but didn't have internet connection. Now that I have internet connection I don't see where to go in software to activate XP (I'd prefer not to call MS Cust Support). The option is not listed under 'System Tools' as stated on Microsoft website (Knowledge Base). Thanks for any help!

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Hi, I purchased a copy of Vista (basic) but the disk did not come with a product key. The retailer i purchased the copy from wont accept a return since its been opened. I have the box which has the certificate of authenticity-- if I give this to microsoft, will they be able to give me a product key? I talked to someone in technical support and they asked for some number printed on the disk but I dont see any number anywhere on the disc...

any suggestions?? The software was $199!

A:Activating Vista -- Need Help!

Check this link.
If that doesn't work, start here.

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Hi all,
just signed up with a question for ya!
Would anyone know why my windows installation needed re-activation when i turned on today?
I had to activate it recently when i installed the latest catalyst drivers,and also once before when i updated the firmware versions of my two dvd/cd drives,but today i got the message that hardware devices had changed and windows needed re-activating,its no problem doing it over the net but the next time i have to phone a microsoft support person to activate it i want to know what is going on,in the meantime i was wondering if anyone is having similar issues,all my hardware drivers are installed and up to date and the system is working great,its just getting a bit ridiculous this out of the blue need for activation again.
Thanks for any insight.
oh yeah,heres me specs:

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Service Pack 2 (DirectX 9.0c)
AMD Athlon 64, 2300 MHz (10 x 230)Winchester S939
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (MS-7025)
nVIDIA nForce3 Ultra, AMD Hammer
ATI Radeon X800 Pro (R420)
CTX EX950F Series [19" CRT]
Creative EMU10K1 SB Live!
Maxtor 6Y120M0 (120 GB, 7200 RPM, Serial-ATA/150)
EPSON Stylus CX3200

A:Activating windows xp(Again!)

XP checks for "points" on bootup and it looks at the hardware and CPU, and everything until it adds up 7 points. Then it boots. Anything less is a re-activate. You said you updated firmware for your ROMS. That may in effect make XP think the drives had changed. Normally, one drive at a time, nothing happens, but when you make 2 or more hardware changes, the XP wants to know why. Activation over the phone is easy. Just tell the person what you have done and they will give you an ungodly long number to enter. Like 42 digits. Nothing to it. Took me less than 3 minutes to do.

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