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Unable to activate copy of Windows XP Pro

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#1 k988


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Posted 23 October 2013 - 11:02 AM

Hey.  Basically I made some hardware changes to my computer (a year ago or so) and now Windows is requiring another activation.  Problem is, I don't have access to the Internet through that computer and when I called tech support they told me that because I can't produce an installation ID# (there wasn't one on the dialog box), I have to format and re-install the OS.  I really don't feel like doing that (not just because I tossed the installation CD my computer came with), and this is Microsoft after all, so I'm basically asking is there another way to activate?  Would an Internet connection get the job done or is there something else I can do?  Thanks...

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 12:41 PM

Activation...is the province of Microsoft...as is every version of Windows.  PA protects MS property/legal rights.


Are you saying that you tried a telephonic activation?


I've not heard of "installation ID"...a user needs the license/key to activate.


If the system is an OEM system (made by Dell, HP, etc.)...a change of key hardware items has been considered a change of system by MS...since 2006 or so.





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