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XP stuff

Discussion in 'Software' started by zxspectrum, Oct 1, 2009.

  1. zxspectrum

    zxspectrum Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

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    I have a computer at home thats running XP. I recently decided to reformat it as it was riddled with spyware and other crap. The disc i used was a copy of the original and i also have the genuime key sticker on the back for when i need to verify its xp etc. However im trying to activate this and microsoft wont let me, saying the key is not recognised or that i have made a mistake. Ive triple checked and i know i havent and i also know the computer is genuine as it was bought about 4 years ago from aldi??

    I have 30 days to sort this out so how do i go about it??? Is it because ive used a copied disc??? or is it because of something else???

    Any help appreciated, thanks

    Ed
     
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  2. Rob1234

    Rob1234 Megabyte Poster

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    You should be able to ring a number to activate it if online doesnt work, I had to do that once just called the number explained what had happened and they gave me a new activation number.
     
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  3. Josiahb

    Josiahb Gigabyte Poster

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    Yup, Robs rigth, go for phone activation its fairly quick and painless. I've had to do it a couple of times and have discovered as a result the true weirdness of MS call centres, calling during the day rsults in you talking to someone in India, calling after 5 o'clock........ Wales.
     
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  4. BosonJosh

    BosonJosh Gigabyte Poster

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    I've had to call once to get XP activated and, as the others have said, it's fairly painless.

    One thing I've noticed when reinstalling XP on a Dell laptop...the key provided on the laptop would not activate a retail copy of the same version of XP. It was only relevant for the OEM version provided by Dell, so I had to use the restore disc that came with the laptop to reinstall XP on the laptop. (I needed to use my retail key for another computer.)
     

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