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Q: window product activation error


We are facing window product activation error. Due to this we are unable to access the desktop and machine software .

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Reinstall Window Xp from CD and was unable to login in to Window after activation.  I found a way to login but still show i had 30 days to activate Window.  Call Microsoft and they validate that my product key was good.  File c:\windows\system32\slui.exe is missing and they couldn't help solving my problem.
Microsoft feeds synchronization  has encountered a problem and need to be close.  I do i remove this from coming on my screen every 30 seconds,


A:Reinstall Window XP- Product Activation

Dell OEM disks do not require activation.  If the SLP key is missing this means you did not use DELL OEM media OR you are trying to use XP on a system that did not come with XP.   Microsoft DOES NOT provide support for SLP activation or OEM Versions of windows.
"Microsoft feeds synchronization" errors are XP Internet explorer errors and has nothing to do with Activation."
XP is end of life End of support AND microsoft has removed the downloads for Service pack 1 and 2 and 3.
Reinstalls of XP require service packs as well as IE8 minimum.
Its probably too late to get most of the links below.

XP is no longer supported. I highly recommend you download all 4 gigs of the files below to a flash drive because later on they will no longer be available.

All of the Dell CD's I have have Dotnet 1.1 sp1 on them.  You have to install your dots in order.  CHIPSET Should be FIRST before anything else.

There will be tons of stuff to install if you don't have even with SP3

IE8 being one. DOTNET 1.1 is on the XP CD from dell.

I strongly recommend you download the files onto a flash drive because there is no telling how long these will stay.

It wont let you backtrack.


 Once you get all that you can install Firefox ESR


And Flash 13.269


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Reinstall Window Xp from CD and was unable to login in to Window after activation.  I found a way to login but still show i had 30 days to activate Window.  Call Microsoft and they validate that my product key was good.  File c:\windows\system32\slui.exe is missing and they couldn't help solving my problem.
Microsoft feeds synchronization  has encountered a problem and need to be close.  I do i remove this from coming on my screen every 30 seconds,


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I have recently bought Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) version and when trying to activate the product key post installation of the same. am getting a error that product key is blocked by Microsoft. Can any one help please ?
Below is the log from the MGAD tool 
Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
Windows Validation Data-->

Validation Code: 0
Cached Online Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004f012
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-Q2689-2C82G-GMRW8
Windows Product Key Hash: Lj5nwNsdaALlAQIdzGCMT8Pzv/w=
Windows Product ID: 00426-070-1693196-86529
Windows Product ID Type: 5
Windows License Type: Retail
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010100.1.0.001
ID: {55142440-ABD1-4BB0-A4A3-DA87EAD87620}(1)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Ultimate
Architecture: 0x00000009
Build lab: 7601.win7sp1_ldr.170913-0600
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
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Need help. My window activation product is pass 30 day limit. For this pass few days, I get the message and I am told that windows is already activated. so i think it's ok to ignored but now I can't logged in. i have to use another PC. right now i make the PC in Safe mode.

A:Window activation product pass 30 day limit

phone microsoft

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Good morning from Nigeria pls i have Window Activation problem on my Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11; with the following details - Operating System=Window RT 8.1 Warranty = L505-0010-02 08/2011 License Agreement=L505-0009-02 04/2012 Model Name= 20187 Product No.= 59372538 Serial No. = xxxxx MO= R39Y33409801 I tried the Phone activation and they asked me to type in the first 6-7digit group number i see on the window Activation window to get my Product ID which i could find, pls what do i to activate my Window RT 8.1 ?
Good morning, i've called the USA toll frre phone number and still not working. I visited the site you posted to me and it shows that the Product Key of WINDOW RT 8.1 is preinstalled on the system embedded in the UEFI / BIOS firware of OEM PCs. so i did research on how to get the Product Key from the UEFI/ BIOS and i found out i will have to download a software call (NirSoft's Produkey or RWEverything) to reveal the embedded product key. The problem with this Window RT 8.1 is that, is only Application download from Window Store or Microsoft Store that can run on it. Please what do i do Now?
Moderator comment: Serial number(s) removed to protect member from mischief. Also, model added to subject for clarity.

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Whenever i try to activate my Windows Vista ultimate , I get a "Error code 0xC 004E 003" and it does not activate, Does anybody know how to fix this?

A:Product Key activation Error!

Error message when you try to activate a copy of Windows Vista: "The Software Licensing Service reported that the license evaluation failed: 0xC004E003"

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i recently bought Farming simulator 15 for my computer and installed it. once i clicked on play it asked for a product key. i entered my product key but the next button wouldn't appear th be an option to select. any reason it isn't an option to click on? Thankyou-Ryan

A:key product/activation key error

RyanSee1 Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!This is just a community self-help forum staffed by volunteers.We have no capability for debugging problems with third-party (i.e., non-HP) applications.For help with these issues, you have to contact the supplier of the application directly.Good Luck

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I had this PC built for me 3 years ago, and I had a valid Product Key, and Product ID. Now its giving me an Error in the Activation error, and refuses to let me put a new Product key in. It still says I have a Product ID, but no key. Now I thought I was having a hardware issue, so I went ahead and replaced everything including the motherboard/ram/cpu, but not the Harddrive. This Activation issue happened before I changed my hardware.

Error code: 0x80004005

Ive tried looking up fixes with that code, but all the cmd prompt stuff is not working for me. Someone please save me from the constant hourly "Activate your windows" blue screen, and i promise Ill give you all some love.

A:Activation Error: Product key cant be replaced

BotRaider1 said:

replaced everything including the motherboardClick to expand...

Microsoft considers a new motherboard to be a new computer. You now need to buy another Windows or use a free Linux distribution.

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Hi there,

I'm having a problem after reinstalling Windows Vista Business getting it to activate. I have a genuine license key and it is the correct one for the PC. I click to activate and it asks me to change the product key in because there isn't one in there. I put in the license key and click next and it throws back this error. Error Code 0xC004E003

Please could have some help urgently. Don't know where to go with this



A:Windows Product Activation Error

I think you are going to have to click on the 'call MS option'......I've had to do that a few times, and it's relatively painless. Takes about 8 minutes or so.



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I am having problems with my laptop everytime i start the laptop in get an error message saying

Windows Product Activation Error - A problem is preventing windows from currently checking the license for this computer. Error code: 0x800703e6

I've seen online that there's a way "around" this (looking for the wpa.dbl and wpa.bak files, which i dont have in my computer) but it hasn't worked or most probably I haven't been doing it the proper way.

Thanks in advance.

PS this laptop was passed on to me, so i dont have the XP cds or any type of cd, only a Recovery Console Cd i made but it hasnt helped either.

A:Windows Product Activation Error

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When i start my computer i get an error message during startup before i get into windows. the error states: "A problem is preventing windows from accurately checking the license for this computer. Error code 0x8007007e.

I searched the internet for a solution and tried finding the registry keys dealing with the security provider but none were found, so i couldn't delete them.

Anybody know what i can do?


A:Windows Product Activation Error

Well, the first question is "Is this a legitimate XP license?".

If it is ... I found a few references (google search) to spyware infections causing this ... so:

Please download Ad-aware at http://www.lavasoftusa.com/ and install it if you don't have it already. Make sure it's the newest version and check for any updates before running it. Also go to http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/...2cleaner.shtml to download the plug-in for fixing VX2 variants. To run this tool, go into Ad-aware->Add-ons and select VX2 Cleaner. Then click Run Tool and OK to start it. If it's clean, it will say Status System Clean. Otherwise, you will have to click on the Clean button to remove the VX2 infection. Also make sure to customize the settings in Ad-aware at http://www.greyknight17.com/spyware.htm#adaware for better scan results. Run the scan and fix everything that it finds.


Download and install Spybot S&D http://security.kolla.de/. Run Spybot and click on the 'Search for Updates' button. Install any updates that are available.

Now click Mode menu and choose 'Advanced Mode'. Next click on Immunize to your left. Click the Immunize button (green cross) on top to Immunize your computer - you should do this each time there is an update. Now go to Tools->Resident. Make sure you enable TeaTimer after we are done. Do NOT enable Spybot TeaTimer Resident protection at this time. What this will do is monitor any system/registry changes and will ask you... Read more

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Hi guys. I am trying to change the product key for my windows 7 PC however when i click on the option to do so under computer> properties I am getting the error "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file". Any suggestions are much appreciated.


A:Windows activation error (change product key)

Hello Kaamo,

Make sure you are following the steps correctly: Update your Windows product key - Windows Help

Are you trying to change the product key while on an administrator account or not?

Thank you,

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I have a bit of a predicament, and I need to know if you can may be able to help me out. If there is another thread covering this problem, than I apologize and I would appreciate it if you simply gave me a link. Also, I'm a Grammar Nazi, so I'll try to make this fluent for you guys.

I have a Lenovo R60e ThinkPad laptop running Windows XP Professional 64x SP3 and It's giving me some trouble. It runs a Intel Celeron M @ 1.4gHz, 2GB DDR RAM, has no fingerprint scanner, 3 USB's, and a basic Intel Graphics card (I apologize for not having the information on-hand). I'll try to list the problems in order as they occurred. I hope not much of this is irrelevant, because I want to give you guys all of the information you need.
Computer started off with a couple of basic Trojans. After cleaning them off, it didn't want to boot on me properly. Safe Mode, here I come.
Safe mode was working well off, but not with networking. After restarting the computer numerous times and finally selecting "Last known good configuration", the computer booted back up promptly. Just to verify, I ran a chkdsk /f in command prompt, restarted the computer and it was okay. This is where I went trigger happy.
Instead of leaving it be, I wanted to make sure it was okay. I proceeded to run a sfc /scannow in XP, and make a OEM .ISO of the corresponding OS to use. It told me to insert "Windows XP Prof CD 2". I didn't have a CD, so instead I tried to go around it and boot from the disk in Safe Mo... Read more

A:Windows Product Activation Error: 0x80004005

These Microsoft Support pages should help:

"Error Code: 0x80004005

You may receive error code 0x80004005 or other error codes when you try to start a Windows XP-based computer

Read both before proceeding with suggested fixes, to ascertain which is most relevant to your situation.

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I've purchased new Windows 7 Home Premium on the computer store.
On Setup, product key is valid.
After 4-5 days, I got this for several days.

Here's my diagnostic results, download and open this txt. file.
MGADiag results.txt
What should I do now?
I don't want to re-buy the product again because it's wasting my money.

A:The Windows 7 product key you typed is invalid for activation error

Hi Jonathan,

Have you tried using the automated phone system to activate it?

I have used it many times when I have added new hardware and reinstalled windows. It only takes a few minutes.

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when I boot up I get to the log on screen and press enter - and get the following message.
Windows product activation - A problem is preventing windorws from accurately checking the license for this computer. Error Code - 0x800703e7.

This is not the first time its happend to me - its the third. The last two times I have had to do a full reinstall.
This time its allowing me to get into safe mode - it didn't before.
Ive tried a system restore in safe mode but it brings up an error report which it then wants to send. I click dont send and then nothing happens.
My computer is a Sony Vaio PCG -FX805 with Win XP SP2.

Now im in safe mode I need help as I don't want to come out in case i can't get back in.

A:windows wont boot - product activation error message

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I picked up this lenovo laptop and shortly after I got it the HDD went out. I replaced the HDD and Installed a full version of Windows XP SP2 then used the Win 7 upgrade disc I bought. I did a clean install of the Win 7 then I activated it at that time without any issues. Some time after that I started getting the message it wasn't a genuine copy. I rearmed the time period but I'm not able to activate the copy again with the PID. I get the message this product is for upgrade and not a clean install. I need to find out if I will be able to register this copy or if I will need to start over from scratch. I did try putting in another PID but it didn't activate with it. I haven't been able to change the PID back due to the message I am getting about the upgrade not clean install.

I appreciate any help I can get with this issue.


Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
Windows Validation Data-->
Validation Code: 0
Cached Online Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004f012
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-GJY49-VJBQ7-HYRR2
Windows Product Key Hash: W5/6nm6F2UPXrCkY5xUhXb/+21g=
Windows Product ID: 00426-OEM-8992662-00006
Windows Product ID Type: 2
Windows License Type: OEM SLP
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010100.1.0.001
ID: {B7CDA3F9-04BA-4675-9B81-E8C61611D67C}(3)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Ultimate
Architecture: 0x00000009
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A:Product key giving product is upgrade not clean install on activation

Windows Product ID: 00426-OEM-8992662-00006
Thats an Acer OEM. You cannot install it on a Lenova.

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Windows 7 activation error: 0xC004C008
?If you receive error "0xC004C008" when trying to activate Windows 7, you might be trying to use the same Windows product key on more computers than the Microsoft Software License Terms allow.?

A:Window 7 Activation Error 0xC004C008

Hi there
This can also occur if you attempt to activate something "automatically" after dong an install with a product downloaded from technet or elsewhere (legal folks please).

What you need to do is AFTER install go to CHANGE PRODUCT KEY and enter the KEY you got from technet (or your supplier).

Now re-try activation and it should work.

This might not be your problem but I have had this when trying to activate "automatically" after installing products I've got from technet.


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Please could one of you give me a valid PosReady 2009 product key as the one Microsoft provided me with was invalid according to the installer.

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hi everyone
i just installed win xp (home edition).and already am clueless!from reading the help files,xp should be activated within 30 days.and this activation key is derived from both product key and a hardware based id number?so a change in hardware may render the activation key?is there any way i can find out and write down my activation key(not product key, i have that on my cd pack)?i mean is it possible to find out and keep activation key so's next time i crash and reinstall i can run and activate windowsXP even if i dun have internet?also it seems i can only use my product key a few times and then will have to ring up microsoft?

A:activation key(not product key)


I had an older box with XP on it that needed to be re-activated. A simple 1-800 phone call, the tech gave me a new code to input during our convo, stayed online with me to ensure the box was up and running.

I hope this helps :)


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I'm doing a fresh install of XP Home, SP1, and I have the SP2 CD as well.

Will XP SP2 still destroy your system if you install new hardware after installing the service pack?

Do you still need to do that software activation thing within 90 days where you have to register with Microsoft and they scan the hardware in your computer and if you don't XP SP2 destroys your system?

What do you do if you have no internet connection and want to install XP2?

Can you get it validated or activated over the phone or will it just destroy your system?



A:XP2 and Product Activation

I dont know what you mean by destroy your system. Ive installed sp2
on numerous machines without a problem. If you add new hardware you
may or may not have to reactivate. Xp is kind of flakey in how it discerns
new hardware. But even that is no big deal. If you have a internet connection
just reactivate. If not there is a phone number you can call that will
square you away...

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Hi all,

I understand that XP requires product activation. What if i registered already and few months down the road, my hard disk crashes. What i heard from my friend is that after re-installing
XP, it requires me to re-activate again but to my knowledge internet product activation can be done only once.

anyone know what's the proper procedure?

please advise

A:XP Product Activation

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I have sticker on the back of my laptop "windowa 7 home prem oa acer group".
There is a product key, but when i attempt to open my word software it keeps on asking to type the key. All my attempts have failed, i have the computer for quite some time now and use the word but this is quite a nuisance. Any suggestions?

A:Product key activation

The sticker on your laptop will be the product key for your OEM version of Windows, not Microsoft Office Word.

If you don't have a product key for Word you will most likely have to buy another one before you can use it.

Is it a version that came pre-installed with your computer? If so, it will most likely be a trial version and you will definitely have to buy a product key from the Microsoft Store to carry on using Word.

Converting from Office 2010 Trial to full Office 2010 Product - Microsoft Answers

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ok, I have a legal license of win XP pro activated, which came pre installed on my computer. I Recently Purchased win 2k pro.
(don't bother asking WHY I'm doing this..... please...)

I am planning to rid this machine of windows XP pro, and put 2000 pro on it.

This means I have a copy of windows XP pro laying around, not installed on anything. So legally I can install it on a different computer, correct?

As far as product activation goes, is it a pain to install XP on another machine after it's been installed on a different one?



A:XP pro product activation

It requires a simple phone call and an explanation of the circumstances. They will then give you a new 25 digit number to enter. It's no big deal and they handle several calls like yours daily. I suppose if you did it too frequently they might suspect you were up to no good but an occasional computer swap is reasonable.

Best regards.

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How many activations do i get per key and if it is only one what happens when i use it twice?

A:Activation key(product key)

You should get infinite activations with the key, AS LONG AS, it is used on the one computer, when you use it the second time, I should think you have to phone microsoft to reactivate it, I take it they kept the situation the same as XP, so thats what i'm going by.

XP usually generates a key for the computer hardware to check its on the one computer and if not asks you to reactivate, where microsoft can see past activations etc. All in place to simply stop you installing on as many PCs as possible.

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My PC worked Fine for quite a while. Now suddenly it not want to boot and I get the following error message :
"A problem is preventing windows from accurately checking the licence for the computer. Error code : 0x8007007e "

I can boot into safemode without problems but I cannot find any problems there.

A:Product Activation

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Hello Tech team

I would like to know how to remove the product activation reminder?
I perform a clean install on my system because it always rebooting
and did a startup diagnostic and couldn't find the cause or the problem
so I decided to do a clean installed. after XP home was installed, the
key product activation on my system tray is always popping up reminding
me that I have 30, 26, 14 days to activate. everytime that I click on the
icon it shows that windows is already activated and click exit.
I know that if windows is not activated, windows will generate a product
ID and phone numbers for Microsoft to activate. since the product is showing
that it is activated it will not generat a product ID and no phone number for
activation. Please help, it is driving me up the wall because it is always popping up in the middle of my sessions. Thanks

A:Product Activation

This seems to be a strange problem, but here is how you disable Baloon-tips in Windows XP:

Fire up "regedit", go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\
modify the DWORD value EnableBalloonTips,
Valuedata instead of a 1, make it a 0.
Done. No more Baloon-tips.

It will not allow you to go around the Activation, it will simply disable all Notifications.

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can some body tell how i can locate the product activation wizard for windows xp pro have looked every where why i need it as ive reinstalled xp pro thanks all

A:product activation

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I recently bought a OEM Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64- Bit operating system, unfortunately I am unable to find any product key to conduct the installation on the DVD itself  or the packaging. I wonder where to obtain the key code or how to activate windows? 
I am grateful for any advice!Sarah

A:OEM Windows 7 64 Bit- Product Activation

Generic OEM? or did you purchase a Dell installation disk to reinstall the OS on an existing Dell computer that came with Windows 7?
If generic OEM, then it should have come with a product key.
If a Dell OEM disc, you should not need to enter a product key, but if you are prompted for one, then you will need to get the product key off the COA sticker on your computer.

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Ever since I got WinXP PRO & SP1 there was no activation problems. Now, after a year, I'm getting the WPA dialog. What's the deal here? I click Yes and the next dialog tells me "windows is already activated. Click Ok to exit." I click Exit and it brings me back to the activation dialog again. If I click no it won't let me in, just back to the dialog; although the first time in a long time that i encountered this problem a week ago i clicked no and it did let me in. It never gave me the activation problem again until several reboots later, which is now. I went to safe mode and tried some reg mods but to no avail. How do I get rid of this annoyance?

A:Windows Product Activation

First thing I would do is update my virus definitions and run a full scan.

Next I would run a spyware/malware check. I like Spybot Search and Destroy. http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html


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I have installed Windows 7 onto a couple of work PCs. Valid licenses by the way. Both PCs show that Windows is activated, but there is the option to change the Product Key. Does this mean that the licenses aren't fully validated if this option is available?


A:Activation / Change Product Key

You are ok, This is if you need to change it in th future for some reason.

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How to change product id?

A:Change product id after activation

hi connor7 , welcome to the forums , is it the product key you wish to change ?

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Appreciate some assistance.

Have a friend who had XP PRO installed on his computer which used to have W98SE. He has no idea (totally computer illiterate) whether XP PRO was installed as an upgrade, or as a full install.

A friend of a friend did the job, and he did not get an XP PRO CD or any kind of a Product Key when he got his computer back, so we are rather leary about the whole thing.

Believe that installing XP PRO (full install) requires the Windows Product Activation, but does installing XP PRO as an upgrade over W98SE require the Product Activation procedure?

Thank you in advance for the help.

A:XP Product Activation Issue

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I had to have hp remotely access my computer to fix webcam. (before the 90 days of free support was up). I never received the product key/activation code for the cyberlink power dvd 14 media player and can not play dvd's on my laptop. When I called to ask for the code the techs refused to give me the product key so that I can use the software stating that it wasn't their software but I see you can download it from their web page. They can give me the code that I never received to begin with for $50. Does anyone know where I can get the product key to use the software?

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I bought notebook nearly 1 month ago my notebook is asking for windows activation product key or asking to pay

A:Activation of windows 10 product key

Shashank6889 HP does not preinstall OSs on their PCs that require the customer to activate them. Unfortunately, some resellers are not reputable and may have installed an invalid version of Win10 on your PC in order to save money. If yours came with Win10 preinstalled and is NOW asking for activation, then you need to contact where you bought it and have them either (1) fix it, or (2) take it back and refund you the purchase price. Good Luck========================================================================I am a volunteer and I do not work for, nor do I represent, HP.---------------------------------------------------------------If my posts helped you, please click the Thumbs-Up symbol on my post to say thanks.If my posts solved your problem please click "Accept As Solution".========================================================================

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Does Spysweeper 3.5 use product activation?

The reason I ask is that I go from computer to computer and it seems about half or more of my work is removing spyware/adware. I'm looking for products that I can install, run to remove threats, then uninstall. Product activation would, of course, prevent this.

I already use Spybot Search and Destroy, AdAware, and Microsoft AntiSpy; but, as all here know, none of the programs available, for pay or for free, will do a 100% removal. Even the combination of three or even four products will not do much more than 85% so the more ammunition in my arsenal, the better.

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hello,a week ago i had reset my pc , aftter resetting pc , for activation of windows i have entered the right product key but it gives error it shows try different key , i dont know what to do ,tell me what should i have to do

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Hi, due to being a complete novice with computers i have encountered a problem and therefore am stumped. Basically myhome pc appeared to have a problem by acting slow along with other problems so unwisely i performed a full system recovery from the initial start up screen(before windows). Now it boots up ok until the user account screen, when i select my account i get a message saying "This copy of Windows must be activated with Microsoft before you log on. Do you want to activate Windows now?"
It has a yes/no option but if i choose yes it starts to load my desktop but then goes back to user account page.
I have the original product code for my copy of windows but as i have hopefully explained i have nowhere to enter it.

A:Windows Product Activation

Hello and Welcome to TSF

Call Microsoft


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At the beginning of 2010 I bought myself a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate. I can't remember precisely when I activated it but around March or April 2010. It was activated on a 32-bit machine.

I now want to buy myself a 64-bit machine. I've heard that after a certain period of time I can re-install onto a new PC but I don't know exactly what the allowed time period is. I'd like to contact Microsoft to find out my exact activation date.

Does anyone have a low cost telephone number for Microsoft in the UK? There seem to be loads of companies offering premium rate phone numbers for "Microsoft Support" but when you look a little deeper, they're nothing to do with Microsoft!!

The booklet that came with Win7 lists a couple of freephone numbers - but only for the US and Canada.

Also, what's the allowed time period for re-installation onto a new PC?

A:Product activation on a replacement PC

There is no time restriction.
Note, however, that
1) if it's an OEM copy of Windows, it cannot be transferred to a new machine. OEM Licenses are locked to the first motherboard on which they are activated

2) You will almost certainly have to activate by telephone.

Look in the Reading phone book (use Yell.com) for MS's usual UK contact details.
for Activation, the activation wizard will supply an 0800 number for you.

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I have been trying to install Win7 32-bit (upgrade version) using the double install method (as described in a tutorial on this site) on a spare PC which previously had 64-bit on it. All goes well until I reach the screen where I have to enter my Product Key and uncheck Automatic Activation. Now the copy of Win7 I've had on the PC is a family version valid for three PCs (this PC is the last of the three still in use as the others having become redundant). Anyway I entered the key, checked I'd entered it right, and pressed Next.

After a short wait a message appeared saying the Product Key is invalid and to re-enter it. I therefore checked the entered key numerous times but could find nothing wrong with my entry and now I cannot go any further with the installation. The question is: what the heck do I do now as it IS a genuine Microsoft copy of Win7. I've heard of Product Keys being rejected at Activation time but never at this point in the installation.

It did occur to me that since my source DVD was an upgrade version perhaps I need to have a copy of windows currently on the SSD. I therefore recovered what I had just backed up onto the SSD and tried an upgrade. But no! the one I was trying to install was older than the one already on the SSD and Win7 just would not install. At this point in the game I'm just at a loss as to what I can do. Therefore any help would be very much appreciated. Thank you.


A:Product Key rejected BEFORE activation

Wait until you have the system fully installed before putting in the product key. It can be done at the same time as activation and you have 30 days.

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A friend of mine bought a used computer and asked me to look at it and see if I could get passed this activation message for them.

'This copy of Windows must be activated with Microsoft before you can logon. Please ask a computer administrator to activate Windows on this computer.'

I am not all that familiar with XP home edition as I still mostly use Windows 98 on my equipment. They didn't get any disks at all with this computer, just the computer mouse, monitor and keyboard. It is an older Compaq but that is about all I know about it so far.

Is there anybody out there that knows anything about getting around this?


A:Windows Product Activation

To quote the Windows XP user manual...

To help reduce software piracy, Windows XP uses the product activation system, which allows you to install Windows XP on only one computer.

You can activate your copy of Windows either:

During Setup


By clicking Start --> All Programs --> Activate Windows

If you wait to activate your software, you can still use Windows for 30 days. During this time, you'll be reminded periodically to activate windows.

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I had to download and reload windows 7 (Professional 64 bit) after a hard drive failure.  Now I am getting an error message that I need to input the Windows 7 Product Key for activation.  No discs were shipped with my system (SL410) and there is no indication of the product key anywhere on the machine itself.  It is out of warranty so contacting Lenova directly is a pain and costly. Where do I find the prodcut key? Thanks.

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A:Windows 7 Activation/Product Key

Found it!  It's under the battery.

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I've had a preloaded windows 8.1 on my lenovo G510. Since my hard disk is now out of order and I have installed a new hard, how can I have my windows product key?I have windows product ID but not the key.

A:Windows 8.1 Product Key for Activation

Hi hdaamr,
Welcome to the Community Forums.
OEM product key are embedded on the systemboard.
This should automatically activate if you install the same version that came originally with your machine.
Upon installation of Windows, try to update first before activation to ensure you have the needed knowledgebase patch of Windows.
Update us how it goes.

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I'm running Linux on an Z240 workstation. I want to use the Windows license that came with this workstation to run Windows 7 in a virtual machine inside my Linux host OS. I no longer have the original contents of the hard drive. Unlike a notebook PC, there does not seem to be a sticker showing the Windows product key that I need for activation. I read there may be a Digital Product Key in the BIOS, but I have searched the menus without finding it. I had written down what I thought was the Windows Product Key before erasing the hard disk, but it turned out to be the Product ID instead. Any ideas?

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i have genuiine microsoft windows 7 but the product key is not being accepted please help me im a stuident and need to use my machine
where can i see my microsoft product keys online and the associated hardware please?

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