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Can't Activate Windows Xp


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#1 shiftplusone

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 03:04 PM

I spent 2 hours on the phone with microsoft, and I built this computer so I don't have a company to call for a new product key because I lost the case and blahblahblahblahblah.
and now the CD's gone poof.

What can I do?...

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 03:10 PM

What happened to the cd and where is the product key that came with it?

Did you get XP installed and is it working?

If it is, you can download an ap named Keyfinder from magicaljellybean.com which will read the product key the cd installed.

Edited by Enthusiast, 24 September 2006 - 03:13 PM.


#3 shiftplusone

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 03:31 PM

What happened to the cd and where is the product key that came with it?

Did you get XP installed and is it working?

If it is, you can download an ap named Keyfinder from magicaljellybean.com which will read the product key the cd installed.


I can't log on now because it's been over 30 days..

but it WAS working fine!

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 03:39 PM

Unfortunately, you need to find the paperwork that came with the CD.

Where did you buy your Windows XP installation cd?
Maybe they might have a copy of your invoice showing the product key or a record of the key they sold you.

Why did you let the activation period time out?
There were repetitive warnings on-screen while you were using XP.

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 04:09 PM

Well, I got it a long time ago with another computer I do not have anymore.
and I didn't MEAN to let it time out, I simply didn't have the paperwork for it.. so I couldn't activate it, and then I left home for about 2 weeks, and then when I got back it had expired.

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 04:16 PM

If it was an OEM version (not a full installation retail version) and you installed and activated it on another computer, it could not have been activated on any other computer (or motherboard for that matter).

If it was a retail version it could have been transfered if you prooved to Microsoft (convinced MS) that you either removed it from the original computer or the computer was destroyed, but you would still need the key number.

Loosing the key number is like loosing cash. Seems you need to buy another key, or another cd and key.

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 08:23 PM

Unfortunately, you need to find the paperwork that came with the CD.

Where did you buy your Windows XP installation cd?
Maybe they might have a copy of your invoice showing the product key or a record of the key they sold you.

Why did you let the activation period time out?
There were repetitive warnings on-screen while you were using XP.

As an option, if you end up needing to buy a new Windows CD, I would buy it from www.newegg.com, Windows XP home editions is about $88, XP Professional is about $140. Media Center edition is somewhere between.




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