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Activating Vista -- Need Help!

Q: Activating Vista -- Need Help!

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!
thanks

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A: Activating Vista -- Need Help!

Check this link.
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/...d.mspx?quizType=ret&compareButton=Compare+Now
If that doesn't work, start here.
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/ww/windows/default.mspx

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Let me make this as short as possible. I acquired an old sony laptop with XP on it. The backup copy was on the hard drive. After reinstalling XP the pc did not work. Rather than fight with it I took out a disc I had from an old retired pc of mine and loaded that windows onto the laptop.. This was a Dell disc that I own that has Vista.. (all my documentation was tossed years ago) The laptop is running great. I have 14 days to activate and no number. I tried all sorts of things online from key finders to even number that were published with no luck. I called microsoft and they are happy to take $45 to activate it.. I have owned at least 8 computers all with bought windows along with this disc I used... but now I don't know what to do. Buy a new copy off ebay.. and even if I were to do that would I still need to install that copy wiping out all I have done on this pc to date ?

A:Activating Vista w/o key

Discussing piracy and such on these forums is very frowned upon.

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Hello TSF,

I've been encountering a weird problem regarding Vista SP2 update.

I had to do a new format on a new hard drive because my old one
burned out and I was installing all the updates fine and okay and I ran
into a problem with Vista SP2 Update de-activating my OS key.
I tried activating it again but Vista tells me that I need to re-install
my Vista OS to activate it. My Vista key already activated when I
formatted to a new drive ( Check mark this box to automatically
activate key when connected to the internet ) and after the SP2 update
it de-activated my key.

I've already read that Microsoft isn't doing anymore updates towards
XP and Vista a few months back and I'm low on cash to get Win 7

Is there any way I can keep my Vista O/S and still have SP 2 on it with
the key activated. Or do I have to stick with Vista SP1 and not use a ton of
applications that require SP 2 Vista?

Heres a screenshot


Thanks in advance.

Charlie

A:Vista SP2 Update de-activating my O/S Key.

Vista SP2 takes (and activates) the same keys as Vista SP1, so perhaps there's an issue with the components on the machine used for activation. To find out for sure, open an elevated CMD prompt and run the following command:

Code:
slmgr /dlv
If you can, paste a screenshot of the output of the command into a reply.

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My computer told said that Vista wasn't activated and that it had to be in 30 days. I purchased this computer with Vista installed, so I went to the side of my tower and checked the product key and tried activating it. For some reason it said it's already in use. So then I tried the Phone Activation and went through all the procedures and it's been activated.

What I don't get is why wouldn't it let me activate online, but let me by phone? Was my key being used by another person or was it hacked? Luckily I didn't have to blow $150.00 for nothing.

A:Activating Vista by Phone

I had this problem with xp, try talking to some1 at microsoft about it (dont know any numbers, sry).

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So I'd purchase my copy of Vista Ultimate a while ago, as all of you now, it comes with both x32 & x64 versions of it.

I was dual booting with XP & x64 at first (first install), then I decided to test the x32 on my kids PC but uninstalled it before 24 hrs and decided to go with XP and just add some new Vista themes for the eye candy look.

I'd purchase a new Motherboard and a new HDD so I installed x64 yet again but, I did not uninstalled the one I had on the old drive because I wanted to make sure this new installation was going to work first (kept the other install (dual boot) as back up). Well, it turned out that my board died and I had to RMA it.

New board comes in yesterday, I install everything again, fire up my new x64 install, everything went smoothly (thank God) and all of a sudden, it tells me that it can not activate via internet, to try it over the phone. Fine, I get on the phone, guy from India with a worse accent than mine comes up, ask me a few question, explain to him what I just explained above, tells me to hang up for a couple of minutes, comes back and start to read some numbers to insert in the boxes, midway I get a popup that something is wrong with the numbers and I have the wrong ID, I let him know and he puts me back on hold, comes back yet again and he reverts the numbers and we continue, we get to the last box and after hitting next, I get the same pop up message.

He apologizes and tells me that he needs to send me to tech to finish activ... Read more

A:Activating Legitimate Vista x64

Hmm... Try again. If you have difficulty in understanding what this Indian chap is saying, then perhaps he's also got difficulty in understanding what you are saying, and you've both misheard each other at some point when you were entering the activation code.

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I got windows vista ultimate 64 bit as a free gift from microsoft a while back for doing the windows feedback panel program. I am having the "product key already in use" problem, and they tell me on the phone they want me to pay $60 to talk to someone for help
any ideas?

edit: nevermind... i just had to call back and talk to someone else who actually knew what they were doing and they activated it for me! So um.. if anyone has this problem, make sure you try twice

A:Activating vista by phone

Try activating through pc, then call the number provided, tell them that you re-installed, and need to reactivate


Happens to me all the time. Every time I re-install I have to call and re-activate.

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I have a laptop which came with Vista 5 years ago. Can I use my Vista product key to activate the Windows 10 i just downloaded from microsoft?
 

A:Activating Windows 10 from Vista product key.

It's not clear if you are wanting to do an upgrade with the Free Microsoft windows 10 offering on a

computer already running Windows Vista, or if you want to just install Windows 10 on an empty

computer using the Vista Product key, but either way, NO.


A computer running any version of Windows previous to Windows 7 is NOT eligible for the free Microsoft Upgrade to Windows 10. Those computers with a valid activated copy of 7 or 8.1 are also able to install and run, a clean full install of Windows 10 however, the version previously installed must be the same as the version of Windows 10 you install> Pro, Home, and so forth. If your OEM Windows 7 computer runs Home Edition, you can either do the online update to Windows 10 Home Edition OR you can choose to install from a USB flash drive where you have saved the downloaded Windows 10 .ISO file.

One thing to note>>>

http://www.windowscentral.com/windows-10-clean-install-vs-upgrade

While a clean install is always the way to go for many technical users, upgrading to Windows 10 can be tricky. Microsoft is allowing users to perform a clean install of the operating system when upgrading from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. However, it requires users to upgrade before the product keys can work on a clean install of Windows 10. Otherwise, chances are, your installation won't activate correctly. Starting from scratch also takes longer than doing a plain in-place upgrade because you'll need to reinstall and r... Read more

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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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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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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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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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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?

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

A:Activating XP

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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)
 

A:Not activating

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hi,
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 ?

thanks
Rob
 

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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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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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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?

Thanks
 

A:Re-activating XP

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Hey,

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.

Thanks

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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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 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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I have an old desktop that I installed XP on years ago (it is stand alone, not connected to my network). I didn't have an activation key at the time so I have put up with the Microsoft nagging about "genuine" software. Now I have an activation key.

Microsoft's website has this instruction to activate XP: Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Activate Windows. Problem is, when I get to System tools there is no Activate Windows option.

What else can I do to activate Windows XP?

Thanks.
 

A:Activating XP on an old computer

Phone them.
 

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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
4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)
AMD Athlon 64, 2300 MHz (10 x 230)Winchester S939
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (MS-7025)
nVIDIA nForce3 Ultra, AMD Hammer
1024 MB (DDR SDRAM)
ATI Radeon X800 Pro (R420)
CTX EX950F Series [19" CRT]
Creative EMU10K1 SB Live!
Maxtor 6Y120M0 (120 GB, 7200 RPM, Serial-ATA/150)
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-4081B
MSI CD-RW CR52
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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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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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.

Cheers
jimbo

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 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 am not very sure how the activation of windows works

I didnít have the money to buy windows so I borrowed a dell oem windows xp pro sp1 cd from myfreind I installed it and decided to activate it later. Itís been a month and I havenít activated it. And I also havenít Purchased windows yet I know I have to get windows with an oem activation number but does that activation number have to belong to a windows disc with sp1 or can I buy windows with sp2 and use the activation code on my comp with out reinstalling windows.

The reason I ask is I can get windows with sp2 a lot cheaper.
 

A:activating windows xp

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Ok i just bought a new dell laptop, and when I first booted it up i hadent yet setup my wireless router, so i click "no, not now" or whatever for the activation, but the usual you have so many days to register screen has yet to pop up, and now that my wireless router is up and operational, I'd like to know where to go in windows to get the activation screen....
thanks all
 

A:Activating (regestering) XP

From XP Help:
ďThe Windows Product Activation Wizard is located in System Tools. To open a system tools item, click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click the appropriate icon., then click Activate Windows.
 

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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.

Thanks.

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

A:Activating Windows 7

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

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Hello,

I have a copy of Windows 8 Pro 32-bit. I know with Windows 7 Pro for example, if you had a product key for Windows 7 Pro 32-bit, you could use it with a Windows 7 Pro 64-bit, and vice-versa.
So I was wondering if that still held true for Windows 8. Could I install Windows 8 Pro 64-bit, with my Windows 7 Pro 32-bit product key?

Thanks in advance!

A:Activating Win 8 64-bit with 32-bit product key

Yes, still true.

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Hi,

I have a Sony Vaio SVE15113ENB laptop. It had windows 7 before but last month I purchased Windows 8.1 upgrade key. But instead of upgrading I downloaded the iso and then did a clean install. I don?t know if the problem is only with sony vaio?s that if you dont follow the proper procedure not all driver install properly. The same has happened with me. The sound driver is installed but does very feeble sound. As the vaio has this xLoud volume booster, it hasnt installed properly. So my question is whether I could use the windows 8.1 key I purchased to install windows 8.

Hope to hear from the experts here.

Thank you

A:Activating Windows 8

If you want to downgrade to Windows 8.0. then no, the 8.1 key will not work.

Unless there is compelling evidence that the 8.0 drivers work better, perhaps it would be better try re-installing various driver versions, if not the the OS itself.

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I recently installed a new drive, and need to activate windows again. However, when I go to the wizard, it tells me that the # of registrations have been exceeded, and it doesn't let me. So i clicked on activate by phone, and it doesn't say any #s. It says "Toll free #: (blank)". So I can't get a phone #. Anyone know a site for the #s for activation? The #s are based on location. Thanks.
 

A:Activating windows xp

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I bought a new laptop without an OS. I purchased and installed Windows8. I bought a Windows 8 Pro key, and whenever I try to activate it, it says I need a previous version of Windows in order to activate it. Any ideas on how to activate it w/out installing another OS. Note: I am willing to purchase another key so that I do not have to reinstall Windows.

A:Windows 8 not activating

If you have a valid Win 8 installation and a valid Win 8 Pro Upgrade license key then follow this tutorial and you should be good to go:

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...ad-create.html

Good luck and hope this helps you.

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Two problems really.

1. Maybe I've never noticed it before but all of a sudden I keep seeing the popup for windows 8 activating again. Just seems strange that it would be trying to activate again even though it shows activated on 6/23/2013.

2. This problem is a little different. Different computer but activation problems again. My laptop for some reason last week kept asking me to reactivate over and over again. It would say successful and then I would go look and it was needing activation when I checked. It did this 4 or 5 times and it currently says activated. This one says activated 2/19/2013

These are both Windows 8 Enterprise from my MSDN.

Any ideas?

Thanks

Josh

A:Windows 8 seems to be activating over and over

For each computer....

Please open an Elevated Command Prompt window (in Start, type 'Command' - a Command Prompt icon will appear, right-click on it, and select Run as Administrator)
At the Prompt, type

Licensingdiag.exe -report %userprofile%\desktop\report.txt -log %userprofile%\desktop\repfiles.cab

(note the spaces!)
two files will be put on your desktop -
open the 'report.txt' file in Notepad, and copy/paste the results to your response - you can ignore the repfiles.cab file for the moment, as it's only backup data

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I actually have the problem that everyone thought at first, to get the internal Wifi going after installing Windows XP on a IBM T40? The software doesn't recognize the onboard WiFi. Thanks. Mark
 

A:Activating WiFi

Hold the Windows key and press R, then type devmgmt.msc

Please respond to all the following steps.
Under Network adapters, please tell me all the devices listed.
Are there any devices under Network adapters that have a red x displayed?
Also, are there any devices anywhere in the Device Manager display with yellow ? or ! displayed?

Let's see this as well.

Hold the Windows key and press R, then type CMD to open a command prompt:

In the command prompt window that opens, type type the following command:

IPCONFIG /ALL

Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter.
Paste the results in a message here.

If you are on a machine with no network connection, use a floppy, USB disk, or a CD-RW disk to transfer a text file with the information to allow pasting it here.
 

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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 cannot get my computer to go direct to a selected link when I click on it. I get a box that says "This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. I have no Idea where I need to go to allow this to get fixed.

A:Links not activating

Can you provide a screenshot of the message to help diagnose the problem?

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HI,
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?

Thanks,

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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I was given this Sony Viao (VGN- FW373J) laptop. It originally had Vista on it, then windows 7 Ultimate was installed (not sure if upgraded or clean install). I wanted to install 10 on it so I did but I did the clean install....going off information stating that I could do a clean install and using the windows 7 Ultimate key would work and activate it. It doesn't....I get the error message that: "this device doesn't have a valid digital entitlement or product key. Error code: 0x803F7001"

It didn't come with any of the rescue discs and when trying to make them....message said that they had already been made. Which was really weird. So what do I do now?

A:windows 10 not activating

Well, since the free upgrade from Windows 7/8 to Windows 10 has expired, looks like you will have to purchase a license for Windows for it.

Just curious, though, did you install Windows 10 Pro?

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Alt key activates completely randomly, and is not physically stuck down. I've checked for dirt, completely clean. Have never spilled or dropped laptop.Thanks for your help.

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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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MY WINDOWS R NOT ACTIVATING 

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