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November 5, 2013 6:06:48 AM

I have a compaq presario 6000 that I just restored and when it asks for a service code to activate my copy of windows, I give it the one on top of the PC, but it always rejects it. How can I fix it?
November 5, 2013 6:12:39 AM

Service code is not the same as software key. Make sure you input the correct key to activate your copy of Windows.
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November 5, 2013 6:53:15 AM

house70 said:
Service code is not the same as software key. Make sure you input the correct key to activate your copy of Windows.
where would I find it!

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November 5, 2013 7:08:49 AM

You should have multi-coloured COA sticker on the pc or on a little Microsoft booklet, that has your OEM XP licence key.

Now saying that, Microsoft have block keys on request from Compaq if they are used by pirates.

If you have the COA sticker, call Microsofts toll free number and they will either give you a new key or a one time activation code.
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November 5, 2013 7:17:23 AM

CIAwesome526,

You can find your Windows XP activation key usually affixed to the side of your computer’s case. It will look like the image found here.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the Windows XP End of Support date (April 8, 2014) is fast approaching. If you meet the system requirements, it is strongly recommended that users make the move to a modern operating system such as Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 by then. Check out the End of Support link in my signature for more information on what you can do to prepare.

Mike
Windows Outreach Team – IT Pro
The Springboard Series on TechNet
Windows XP End of Support
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November 6, 2013 1:20:07 PM

das_stig said:
You should have multi-coloured COA sticker on the pc or on a little Microsoft booklet, that has your OEM XP licence key.

Now saying that, Microsoft have block keys on request from Compaq if they are used by pirates.

If you have the COA sticker, call Microsofts toll free number and they will either give you a new key or a one time activation code.


The sticker on the side of my PC? That's the thing I've been using. I'm not new to this, it works on all but this PC. I will call Microsoft to get a new one to see if it works. Thank you
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November 6, 2013 1:22:31 PM

WinOutreach6 said:
CIAwesome526,

You can find your Windows XP activation key usually affixed to the side of your computer’s case. It will look like the image found here.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the Windows XP End of Support date (April 8, 2014) is fast approaching. If you meet the system requirements, it is strongly recommended that users make the move to a modern operating system such as Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 by then. Check out the End of Support link in my signature for more information on what you can do to prepare.

Mike
Windows Outreach Team – IT Pro
The Springboard Series on TechNet
Windows XP End of Support


I plan on having this work before April 2014, aand my computer can't support windows 7 or 8, at least it can't without lagging half to death. But thanks, I didn't know that, I will keep that in mind in case I need to restore any other of my XP PC's.
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November 12, 2013 11:49:26 AM

CIAwesome526 said:
das_stig said:
You should have multi-coloured COA sticker on the pc or on a little Microsoft booklet, that has your OEM XP licence key.

Now saying that, Microsoft have block keys on request from Compaq if they are used by pirates.

If you have the COA sticker, call Microsofts toll free number and they will either give you a new key or a one time activation code.


The sticker on the side of my PC? That's the thing I've been using. I'm not new to this, it works on all but this PC. I will call Microsoft to get a new one to see if it works. Thank you


Are you using the code on more than one system? That is a one use only license. You also need to make sure you use the right XP version that the key is for. A Pro key won't work for a Home setup, OEM key won't work in a retail CD, etc...
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