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Xp Reactivation After Hardware Change


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#1 jferguson

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Posted 04 May 2006 - 04:22 AM

I have a Dell Inspiron 1000 that I recently had to buy a new hard drive for. There was no getting information off of the old one; it was completely fried. The XP home edition came pre-installed on the machine from Dell with the Product Key and Service Tag. When I installed XP on the new hard drive it asked for an activation code which I assumed was the product key but it keeps saying it's an incorrect key. Is there a way I can get a new activation code without buying a new copy of xp?

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Posted 04 May 2006 - 09:05 AM

Probably the best thing to do is call Microsoft and get a new activation code. Write it down. Select the activation method (phone) and you should get a phone number to call. It's a bit annoying, you'll probably have to speak the 50-digit number from the computer and then write down the number they give you.




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