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Old 08-20-2004, 10:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question O/S XP Pro reinstall problem activating

How’s it going folks.

I posted in here a short wee while ago about my O/S going AWOL, where I eventually threw the towel in and went & bought a new MOBO / CPC / RAM and have formatted the HD and have now installed my XP PRO again.

Everything is fine now except the system is giving me 30 days to activate my O/S, I have no idea where my KEY is now, the firm where I purchased the PC from is now bust .

The thought had passed my mind to stick in a key from one of the PC’s at work, or some pirate key, but I would rather be legit. I don’t want to fork out £100 on something that I already have.

I am in two minds whether to call the Tel No on the activating prompt, anyone had any experience with this, and I would imagine they give little sympathy, they would be more keen on filling Uncle Bill’s pocket.

Once again all help would be much appreciated

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80gb Maxtor 6Y080L0 Plus 9 - 7200rpm Hard Drive
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Old 08-20-2004, 12:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Try posting in the Microsoft Community NewsGroups:


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Old 08-20-2004, 02:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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call microsoft and see what they can do besides laugh at you
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Old 08-21-2004, 08:44 AM   #4 (permalink)
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i think youre gonna have to bite the bullet and buy the software or license again because i dont see them just giving it to you.
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Old 08-21-2004, 10:54 AM   #5 (permalink)
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i say find another key and use it. don't give Billy boy any more money....

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You can call them and tell them you bought new hardware and whatnot, they will give you a new security code.
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Old 08-21-2004, 04:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Yeah, call them. I've had friends loose their's and microsoft gave them a code to reactivate with.

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