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Two questions about activating Windows 10

Q: Two questions about activating Windows 10

Good day all,

First of all, sorry if this has been posted countless of times before but I couldn't find an answer that specifically suited my situation.

In 2015, I have upgraded my Windows 8.1 Pro to Windows 10. After that, I did a clean install of Windows 10 and was able to activate it. However, I found Windows 10 to be a bit unstable at that time and I did a clean install of Windows 8.1 Pro again and have been using it ever since.

I have 2 questions regarding my current situation:

1. IF I want to do a clean install Windows 10 again, do I have to upgrade from Windows 8.1 first to activate it and THEN do a clean install of Windows 10 after that or is that unnecessary now?

2. I have read that upgrading to Windows 10 would be free in the first year from release, which is I assume until July 31 2016. Although I have previously activated Windows 10, I went back to Windows 8.1 Pro (clean install). Does this mean that, also in my case, I'd have to pay for upgrading to Windows 10 if I ever plan to upgrade after a year?

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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!

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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.

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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?



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 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.

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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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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:


Good luck and hope this helps you.

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I got my Samsung Series 9 repaired and, as a result of some component changes, Windows 8 is no longer activated. Can I use a copy of Windows 8 Pro (which is intended to allow Windows 7, Vista and XP users to upgrade to Windows 8) to activate Windows 8? In other words, will the product key of an upgrade package allow me activate Windows 8, despite it not being an upgrade (my computer came with Windows 8 pre-installed).

A:Activating Windows 8

In this case your first point of contact should be Samsung Support, if you contact them and explain the situation they should organise activation of the pre-installed OS. Microsoft may be an option though pre-installed OS is officially the responsibility of the OEM.

It may be possible to "upgrade" using a retail copy of pro, but then of course you would lose the use of the pre-installed copy that you have already paid for

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Hi People

I recently installed a new motherboard and I had to perform a repair install of Windows XP. Now I have to re-activate Windows. I am reminded of this every time I Reboot. However when I click Activate Windows my pc stops at the desktop wallpaper before the icons and taskbar show up. And it stays there and stays there forever until I reboot again.

If I click NO to 'do I want to activate Windows' and click the Windows Star at the bottom right of my taskbar I am directed to a webpage that tells me my copy of windows is not genuine.

I got my copy of Windows directly from Microsoft. I know for a fact it is genuine. So how can I fix this?

When I perform the operation below I don't have an 'activate windows' button on my copy of windows xp. Its not in accessories or anywhere.

Click Start.
Point to All Programs.
Click Activate Windows.


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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 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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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 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 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 bought a used IBM at a sale. Everything was suppose to be ligit with the thing, but when i get it home and plug it up, it goes to the log in/ admin. screen. I click admin. and it asks me to activate windows. I tried calling ibm and they said what it boils down to is that i have to pay $40 to activate windows becouse someone had used the product key on too many computers. I can't even get it to go to the boot screen. when i unplug it and wait.....then plug it back in, it goes streight to the log in/ administrator screen. I know their is a way to get their. Please help. I need to know how to get to the boot screen and if their is a way around paying the $40. Thanks

A:Please help with activating windows.

We can't help you bypass security measures.


Originally Posted by Forum Rules

* You may not ask for assistance to circumvent restrictions or security on any computer system or network.
* You may not ask for assistance with any deemed illegal activities such as but NOT restricted to the following:-

* software pirating
* hacking
* password cracking
* keystroke recording software
* assistance with accessing copyrighted software programs
* Leeching on private or public WiFi/Broadband connections

The only way to get it activated is by paying the money. There is always risk associated with buying secondhand computers and you have found out why.

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I'm new at this so plz overlook any mistake's'...


Last year I bought Dell...Last week lightening got it, taking with it my family tree that I've worked on for yrs...[ I had just reached a point to where I was going to back up my family tree but lightening got to it first] ...So I took the hard drive out just in case it survived and put it on an extra pc [which is not a Dell]...
The hard drive seems to be there because it shows my old wallpaper, but it keeps asking for my "Windows XP Activation Code" which I don't have...[maybe it was on the tower that I pitched after removing the hard drive]...
Is there a way I can get around activating so as to retrieve my family tree?

PLZ Help!


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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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Hi..man laptop windows is originally installed win8 single language build 9200.Mistakenly I clicked on a program that was for Cracking windows and after that my windows show me a message for activating windows  and shows the version of windows at the bottom of the screen . how can I get rid of that ?does operating system have expire date I bought this at 2013 . 

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Kooshan wrote:Hi..man laptop windows is originally installed win8 single language build 9200.Mistakenly I clicked on a program that was for Cracking windows and after that my windows show me a message for activating windows  and shows the version of windows at the bottom of the screen . how can I get rid of that ?does operating system have expire date I bought this at 2013 . Hi, - got to cmd type in wmic path Softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey to get the windows product key- windows+r then type : slui 3 enter the product key- restart the computer Cheers!

"Education costs money; so does Ignorance"If my post has helped you, click the Kudos Thumbs up!If it solved your issue, Click the "Accept as Solution" button so others can benefit from the question you asked!

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how to activate windows 10 oem copy came with hp laptop in new hard drive ? i have product key and id of same windows.

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I am having a tad bit of a problem with computer, after a bit of hardware upgrades, I noticed that my Windows is no longer activated. And because I got the free upgrade from windows 7 to 10 with the whole update thingy, everything was dandy until now. I am not able to activate it, even though it says on my profile that I have Windows 10 pro on their website, but on my own settings, it says it unactive. So I rather not buy a new windows when I had one that worked before all this...and changing it back wont help any either now.

And here is my secondary question: Not having an activated windows, will this have an impact on how my computer handles programs? Because..it seemingly is!

My games are running smoother..ish...but it really acts up really quick with lag spikes and what not, even though my games are running smoother, and nothing was bad before the hardware upgrade.

PS: I have tried doing what Windows recommend doing when you have had a hardware change:
Settings -> Updates and Securtity -> Activate -> Troubleshoot -> I recently changed hardware on this machine -> (Opens up new window, Microsoft account) -> Reactivate Windows 10 (which finds my computer), and I click, this is the device I'm using -> Unable to acticate Windows, We can't reactive windows on this device. Try again later. You can also activate this device by going to the store andpurchasing a genuine copy of windows.

But technically...I allready had a genuine copy trough t... Read more

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if i clone my old hdd into new hdd then how to activate windows 10 oem copy came with hp laptop in new hard drive ? i have product key and id of same windows. 

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Your Windows Key is on Mainboard not on a hard disk- no worries!! It will autoload when is needed!  

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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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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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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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So my friend was using my computer (which did not have a 'genuine' windows, this is another problem) and he downloaded and installed some kind of software on my computer which was supposed to activate my windows. But a couple days later, when i turn on my computer it boots up normally up to the part where it is supposed to connect to the wifi. There is a spinning wheel above the wifi symbol, the security essentials is turned off and nothing i click on does anything. I tried to restored to a previous restore and nothing doing. I tried to removed the hackware in safemode, but the removed button becomes faded and nothing happens. I tried the repair system and again nothing. This sounds like the end of my hard drive. What do I do?

A:Activating windows

I do not know what your friend did but you do not need to download software to activate Windows. Those who do are typically attempting to use some type of crack or keygen program to circumvent Windows activation which is not only illegal but a security risk. I recommend that software be removed and you contact Microsoft if you are receiving messages about not having genuine windows.Microsoft maintains multiple Product Activation Centers worldwide to provide assistant and telephone support for activation issues. The correct telephone number is based on product and location.USA users can call Microsoft directly at (866) 234-6020 or 1-800-MICROSOFT (642-7676):Global Customer Service phone numbersMicrosoft Answer Desk phone support servicesMicrosoft Support: Phone Number, Live Chat, Email ID, Useful LinksOther activation support links:* Get Help Activating Microsoft Windows* How To Activate Windows 7 via Phone Activation ‘slui.exe 4' Client* Activate Windows on this computer* Support for Microsoft Product Activation problems* Windows 7 activation error: invalid product key* Windows 7 activation error: 0xC004F061* Windows 8 activation error: 0xC004F061* Get help with Windows 8 activation errors 

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I changed a few settings in my BIOS (Aperture size form 128 to 256, AGP fast write off) and now I have to activate windows. I lost my key years ago along with the disc. Is there any way to activate windows or find out what my key is?

Also my computer is artifacting, and the heatsink on my graphics card is real hot. I have no idea why, it is factory overclocked so that might have something to do with it. It usually artifacts when I am playing games, which are usually set at or below the recommended settings. I have a BFG Tech 6800.

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Is it prompting you for the Product Key or just to activate?

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Had a big pc problem which had me pretty much build a new pc. Kept my hd though. Xp says that I need to re-activate it after hardware changes. Thing is that I got my version of xp from my high school. They had some sort of deal. In college now and I don't have my code. Will I have to buy windows xp?

A:Activating windows xp

Yes you will need to purchase a license. Normally, licenses are not transferable to a new motherboard - unless the new motherboard is virtually identical (same chipset, same IDE controllers, same BIOS version, etc.) to the one on which the WinXP installation was originally performed.

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OS: Windows XP Home Edition SP2*
* will explain below

I have the absolute worst luck when it comes to computers & my luck continues to rear its ugly head. Long story short, I have had to install a fresh copy of my OS for the 7th time. Now I know what you're thinking (what is wrong with this guy?), but believe me each time it was a last resort. *I just finished installing my OS again so I have not updated it to SP3 just yet.

The question I have is in relation to my key. Instead of having to call Microsoft yet again, is there a way that I can get a new key? I understand that there is a changer that can change a valid key, but since my key is no longer valid, can Microsoft issue me a new one so I don't have to call them if this problem happens again? I'm optimistic about this last install, but I do fear & always will fear that this problem may happen again. Thanks in advance.


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I bought a new laptop with Windows 7 Pro on it and it was upgradable to Windows 10. However, the upgrade failed. Also my new laptop had a HDD so I replaced it with my old SSD. I installed Windows 10 from USB doing a clean install. However, it doesn't activate. I entered a Windows 7 Home Premium Key that I had from my previous laptop but that doesn't get activated and I get a 0xC004F050 error. How can I obtain the Windows 7 Pro key necessary to activate from the old HDD lying outside of any computer? Do I have to put it back into my laptop?

A:Activating Windows 10 installation

Welcome to TenForums, salilsurendran.

Unless the Windows 7 Home Premium from your previous laptop was a Retail licensed purchase (as opposed to OEM/System Builder), it's only licensed to that previous laptop. Even if it was Retail, you can't be using it on two different machines at the same time.

Short of reinstalling the old HDD, assuming you had a legitimate copy of Windows 7 Pro on the new laptop, there may well be a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) somewhere like on the bottom of the laptop that would be useable for the upgrade/clean install, unless IT's been blocked due to abuse or excessive use.

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I currently have the 64-bit version of the Windows 7 RC installed on my desktop. I am very happy with my current build and hope to keep it.

Does anyone know if there is a way to just activate my copy (legally, i don't mind paying) or something similarly simple to maintain my current build while making it a full install.

Any input would be very useful.

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no the RC will eventually expire in 2010.

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Well I acquired a legal copy of Windows XP Professional SP2 through my University. Installed it but when I try to log on it says I need to activate windows before i can use it.

So I go onto the activate windows thing and because it's a fresh install I can't activate it over the internet because my wireless thing isn't installed so I have to do it over the automated phone service.

Ok so here's the problem, it says I need to enter the Installation ID# shown on screen but there isn't one, not a trace.

I can get onto the computer in safe mode, so is there any way of by passing this activation?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks Lee.

A:Solved: Activating Windows XP Pro SP2

Nevermind, I solved it. I added a new user account on safe mode then logged on with that. Didn't ask me to validate it so once I logged on I went onto the validate thing and the installation id showed up.

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I had to replace my DVD Re-Writer and now get a message telling me that I need to activate Windows XP again. The problem is my computer is second-hand and I don't have the CD Key. I downloaded and ran Magical Jelly Bean to get the CD Key, and it also found the Product ID, but is this enough to activate Windows XP again and keep it working properly?


A:[SOLVED] Need help activating Windows XP

Might be . . click on the "Activate Windows" icon and follow that wizard . . you likley will not be asked for the key

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OK. First I'll say what we did. I had an old computer in the attic. I told my buddy that it needed just a couple of parts and Windows and it would work great for him. We ordered a copy of Windows XP and today went down to get him a monitor and stuff. When we got home I put it all together and loaded my own copy of XP on it to see if it would work. It runs great and he took it home to get it set up. I told him it would work fine but we would have to wipe it clean again when his copy of XP got here. But would we?

I'm thinking that we could activate the loaded Windows with his license key over the phone without having to dump all the stuff on the hard drive again. The last time I did this over the phone, they simply asked for my key and then gave me a code to type into the activation form and the computer ran fine. I hope that's the case. It would simplify things.

A:Activating windows with a different license key.

Hi, The answer depends on the type of XP that your copy is...

And, it also depends partly on the type you ordered for your friend, because the Product keys are coded to correspond to various types of XP. If you are lucky enough, you ordered the same as what is on your CD.

If you could tell us for example, that your copy is XP Home Edition w/Service Pack 2, and is an OEM copy that you purchased or that came with the computer, that would help, and that it is a full version, not the Upgrade CD.

And, then you could check to see what you ordered and compare.

I took from your post that you did not go through the Activation (you chose to delay it.....) and that is OK, for up to 30 days as you probably already know.

Yes, you can switch to a new, legal and valid License or Product Key when it arrives....

Microsoft has a nice webpage tutorial about the whole process: Just including this MS for general info.


Windows Genuine Advantage for Windows XP
The Windows Genuine Advantage program for Windows XP uses Windows product activation, validation, and notifications to verify that your copy of Windows is genuine. Using genuine Windows delivers better performance and lets you access all downloads in the Microsoft Download Center, while helping to protect you from the risks of counterfeit software. Learn about Microsoft Genuine Advantage programs.

Activation is an anti-piracy technology designed to make sure that your copy ... Read more

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i have recently reinstalled windows xp onto myu dell laptop, using the cd provided bydell. i've tried reading the product code on the bottom of my laptop, but it has worn away and i can only partially read it. can someone please help me? is there a way to find it on my computer?

A:Solved: Need Help Activating Windows XP

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I cant currently activate my retail copy of windows 7 on my pc. I think it is because I have another harddrive I use to use as a laptop HD which I currently use in my desktop, that has the key activated on it. Would I have to deactivate my windows 7 key on my other hard drive in order to be able to activate it on my main hard drive

A:activating/deactivating windows.

You can't run the same installation Product Key on 2 computers. You can run the Retail version on a Replacement computer but would have to uninstall it from the first. And if Upgrading to a newer OS you have to keep the media and documentation for proof of having the previous version. My experience has been that you will have to contact Microsoft by phone to straighten it out, should have been a current phone number listed on the screen that came up when trying to activate.

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Hello All,
Here is my dilemma with activating Windows:
I activated Windows xp about a month ago but just recently it said I have to activate it again.
But each time I click "okay" to activate it again, it takes me to the blank windows desktop of mine and I get a message saying "Windows is already activated" and it kicks me to the log in screen where it gives me the notification to activate windows, again. And when I click "okay" (again), the same thing repeats.
I am stuck in this eternal loop.
I am using a MacBook Pro 15 inch using BootCamp to use windows if that information helps at all.

In advance, thanks for the help

Reinstalling is not an option for me because I am on vacation and I left the installation CD behind.

A:Problem with activating Windows

Hi, To use Boot Camp you must use a valid Windows Product Key, that is, one that has not been installed before you put it on the Mac

Valid means a Product Key that has not been activated at any other time.....unless, it was the full Retail version, in that case, you can install it on successive locations, using it on one at a time.

Where did the copy and Product Key come from that you are trying to use? , It sounds like the computer is using the 30 day grace period allowed if you do not Activate Windows at the time of installing.

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I wonder if somebody out there can help a computer novice with a problem I don't know how to solve please.

I am running an Acer 64 bit PC which came with Windows 8.1 and then had the free Windows 10 upgrade installed.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU G1840 @ 2.80GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 60 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 6083 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 620, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 468351 MB, Free - 368208 MB; D: Total - 468351 MB, Free - 467497 MB;
Motherboard: ASRock, H81M-DG4
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

Unfortunately I had a major failure early this year and it went in for a PC repair, but it needed a new Motherboard.

Anyway it came back all fixed with Windows 10 reinstalled (or so I thought). About a month ago it said that my Windows 10 licence was due to expire. It seems the PC repair man had re-installed Windows 10 but obviously is was not my original upgrade version due to the Motherboard change. All the Windows 10 updates etc have worked fine up until then. Of course I have no Activation key as this was lost when the Motherboard was changed. In addition I cannot step back to 8.1 for the same reason.

Due to my very limited computer knowledge I searched online and found loads of "Free" activation keys. Of course none of them seemed to work but eventually one did, but 2 problems occurred. the key activated but it now say... Read more

A:Windows 10 needs activating message

Microsoft considers a new motherboard to be a different PC, needing another Windows. Best to call them, explain your situation, and convince them that your motherboard is a replacement for a failed one.

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I'm trying to fix my Dad's laptop here and having some problems. His hard drive died on him, so I replaced it. The computer came with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit on it. Thats also the only OS Sony's website has drivers for, that OS. It actually has Windows XP drivers as well. The sticker on the bottom is rubbed off almost completely, I can hardly read the code but I think I got it. Now most Windows 7 Product keys on new PC's are blue and white the label itself that is. This one looks like it's a Windows Vista or maybe XP? The laptop was bought a year ago, so I couldn't imagine it being XP. It also has a windows 7 sticker on it. Well I installed Windows 7 and the product key didnt work, I tried it changing all the letters I wasn't sure of, couldn't gt it. Installed Vista, but I cant find drivers for it at all. The thing that gets me, it does not look like a Windows 7 key label at all unless older ones came in blue green and red like Vista's and XP.

Any help/advice would be great.

A:Problem Activating Windows 7

I'd contact the seller of the notebook and ask them for the key.

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I have a Toshiba Satellite M115-S3094 running Windows XP.

I havent picked it up in awhile and when I turn it on it says "The copy of Windows must be activated with Microsoft before you can log on. Do you want to activate now?"

I clikc "Yes" and then a pop up states "Windows is already activated" I click "OK" and then computer restarts and brings me back to the "The copy of Windows must be activated....."

Anyway I can restore this computer to factory setting to get rid of this problem?

Or is there another was to fix this problem? I dont have any of the cds that came with the computer.


A:Activating copy of Windows xp???

If you dont have any of the orginal CD's there isnt much me can do. With out it turning into illegal activities.

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I recently got a new PC via my insurance company that came with Windows 8 standard. I requested pro be included with it and they gave me an OEM Windows 8 Pro 64 bit. I have blanked the hard drive and installed it. During the install it does not ask for the product key. Once the install is complete I go to system info and it says Windows is already activated and shows a product key that ends in OEM. At the top it shows the name of the product as Windows 8. If I go to add features it tells me I need to buy pro. If I try to change or use the product key that came in the oem packaging for pro 64 bit it says that product key will not work and to try another.

I contacted Microsoft activation and all they said was to take it back to the retailer and they will help me.



A:Windows 8 Pro 64 bit OEM activating as standard

It does sound like they botched the install. Is it UEFI Bios with embedded key? There are tools to get the embedded key and then you could try it. If it doesn't work then it may never have been Pro to begin with.

Are you saying the computer came with 8 installed but then they gave you a Pro key? I'm a bit confused.

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Sorry if this has been asked already, but I have a few questions.

I am upgrading my motherboard soon, and from what I understand, windows keys are tied to the motherboard and not the hard drive. Is this correct?

I have a windows 7 OEM copy; disc/key is with me. I upgraded to windows 10 when the free upgrade was released. I will not be wiping any of my hard drives, so I am wondering the following:

Will I be able to activate windows 10 on my new motherboard with a Win7 OEM key?
If not, do I need to buy a Win10 OEM disc/key for the new motherboard because of this?

Upon changing motherboards and starting up my upgraded PC, will windows ask for an activation key? If not instantly, will it do it later on?

Thanks in advance.

A:Activating Windows 10 on a new motherboard

OEM is good for installation on only one computer. Change the motherboard and you have changed the computer and it is illegal to use your OEM license (product key) on the new motherboard. Therefore, since you only had one OEM license for Windows, and you have already used that on the old motherboard, you are left with no license to legally run Windows on a new motherboard. When you change motherboards, Windows will deactivate itself and nag you at increasing intervals to activate it.

You will need to purchase a new license from Windows 7, 8, or 10 with a product key to activate the Windows 10 on the new motherboard. Also, you can upgrade with a new license (product key) - such as from Home to Pro - but you cannot downgrade from Pro to Home without doing a new, clean install.

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Cannot activate Windows 8.1 pro (preloaded) on Dell Inspiron 14 3421. Trying to activate it online gives an Error code: 0x8007007B. I checked Microsoft Support but no DNS / Network problems are there as it suggests. I cannot enter any product key since I didn't get one.

A:Solved: Activating Windows

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I have a new Sony Vaio that came with Kaspary Security system - which has 13 days left. It is a Windows 8 Operating system. I know that Windows Defender is disabled - and want to enable it. I have done Windows start menu; Search for Windows Defender. Window appears on the Desktop indicating that it is not active - with no options. I have also done the Administrative Tools in Control Panel - to "activate" - and completed a restart. I still cannot activate Windows Defender. Do I have to Uninstall the Kaspary antivirus before I can activate Windows Defender? If yes, I assume I would do that through the control Panel - uninstall programs?
I am not an advanced computer user, however any help will be appreciated.

A:Activating Windows Defender

You are correct,...you must remove any 3rd party anti virus software from Programs and Features through the control panel before Windows Defender can be activated.

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I was restoring my pc, but i have a message that first i have to reactivate my windows xp home editon, when i follow the instructions, i dont have the wizard to do that. I only have a message of Microsoft Out of Box Experience.
How can i activate if i dont have the wizard?? I dont have now access to internet. And my help and support center is not working.
I called microsoft, but they were not able to give me an answer to recover the wizard to activate windows
My cd of windows xp is damage, how can i get a copy from internet?? is that posible???

A:problems activating windows xp

This site may help; http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;[ln];326246 , and you may want to look for another XP Home disk on ebay or just get a OEM version at a store.

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Hey guys, I have installed Windows 8 Pro on my Laptop and I want to activate it by phone or probably by SMS. How can I do it? I want step by step tutorial...


A:Activating Windows 8 by phone or sms.

Hello MrRitwik,

By default, Windows 8 requires you to enter your product key number during installation to activate it. If you have a Windows 8 installed on your computer, then it should already be activated. What happened for why your copy isn't activated?

You could use the tutorial below to enter you product key number to activate Windows 8 online.
Product Key Number - Change in Windows 8

You can use the same method in the tutorial below for Windows 7 to activate Windows 8 by phone.
Activate Windows 7 by Phone - Windows 7 Forums

Hope this helps,

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