window activation period expired accidently

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I was away when my windows xp pro activation period expired, now it won't
load up, I have tried reinstalling it but it still won't work
can anyone help
I have read the part of the knowledge base that applies to activation but it
was not any help
thanks
leon
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Can you please explain to me how the expiration can expire accidentally?
    Either you activate it within the 14 day period, or you don't. There can be
    no "accidental" non activation.

    Bobby

    "leonh" <leonh@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:82C6EB1B-D197-4E87-B726-B0C61D64D976@microsoft.com...
    > I was away when my windows xp pro activation period expired, now it won't
    > load up, I have tried reinstalling it but it still won't work
    > can anyone help
    > I have read the part of the knowledge base that applies to activation but
    > it
    > was not any help
    > thanks
    > leon
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    "leonh" <leonh@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:82C6EB1B-D197-4E87-B726-B0C61D64D976@microsoft.com...
    > I was away when my windows xp pro activation period expired,
    > now it won't
    > load up, I have tried reinstalling it but it still won't work
    > can anyone help
    > I have read the part of the knowledge base that applies to
    > activation but it
    > was not any help
    > thanks
    > leon

    You might want to try booting into Safe Mode and see if you can
    activate XP.
    To boot into Safe Mode, start hitting the F8 key as soon as your
    computer starts up.
    On the menu that's displayed select Safe Mode with Networking.
    Now go to Start -> All Programs -> System Tools -> Activate
    Windows.

    Good luck

    Nepatsfan
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    leonh wrote:
    > I was away when my windows xp pro activation period expired, now it won't
    > load up, I have tried reinstalling it but it still won't work
    > can anyone help
    > I have read the part of the knowledge base that applies to activation but it
    > was not any help
    > thanks
    > leon

    Boot into safe mode with networking and you should be able to activate from
    there.
    --
    Tom Porterfield
    MS-MVP Windows
    http://support.telop.org

    Please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup only.
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    my problem now is that I have tried to reinstall windows xp which has not
    installed over the original windows properly, now it won't boot into any
    windows safe or otherwise,
    I am not sure how to get around it without wiping the original installation
    but i am happy to receive advice
    leon

    ""Darrell Gorter[MSFT]"" wrote:

    > Hello Tom,
    > You cannot activate in Safe Mode
    > Thanks,
    > Darrell Gorter[MSFT]
    >
    > This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights
    > --------------------
    > Date: Thu, 26 May 2005 19:05:10 -0400
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    > leonh wrote:
    > > I was away when my windows xp pro activation period expired, now it
    > won't
    > > load up, I have tried reinstalling it but it still won't work
    > > can anyone help
    > > I have read the part of the knowledge base that applies to activation but
    > it
    > > was not any help
    > > thanks
    > > leon
    >
    > Boot into safe mode with networking and you should be able to activate from
    > there.
    > --
    > Tom Porterfield
    > MS-MVP Windows
    > http://support.telop.org
    >
    > Please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup only
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    On Thu, 26 May 2005 23:42:22 GMT, "Darrell Gorter[MSFT]" wrote:

    > Hello Tom,
    > You cannot activate in Safe Mode

    Does phone activation no longer work from Safe Mode?

    If not, what is the recommended procedure for a user if they miss
    activating over the internet during the allotted amount of time?

    --
    Sharon F
    MS-MVP ~ Windows Shell/User
  6. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    On Thu, 26 May 2005 23:42:22 GMT, "Darrell Gorter[MSFT]" wrote:

    > You cannot activate in Safe Mode

    Please check your facts and verify. You are saying there is no way to
    activate Windows XP in Safe Mode, either by Internet or phone. Is that
    correct?
    --
    Tom Porterfield
    MS-MVP Windows
    http://support.telop.org

    Please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup only.
  7. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Hi,

    What you have is not an activation problem but an installation one. Were you
    trying to do a repair installation or a parallel one? What happens when you
    try to boot the system (any mode)? If the original installation is damaged,
    you may be able to repair it, or do a parallel installation where you can
    recover saved files (but not programs, nor anything that's encrypted unless
    you have the encryption key).

    --
    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
    www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

    "leonh" <leonh@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:7C8E5AEE-8EBF-4FEA-8865-AD5C9081C7E4@microsoft.com...
    > my problem now is that I have tried to reinstall windows xp which has not
    > installed over the original windows properly, now it won't boot into any
    > windows safe or otherwise,
    > I am not sure how to get around it without wiping the original
    > installation
    > but i am happy to receive advice
    > leon
    >
    > ""Darrell Gorter[MSFT]"" wrote:
    >
    >> Hello Tom,
    >> You cannot activate in Safe Mode
    >> Thanks,
    >> Darrell Gorter[MSFT]
    >>
    >> This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no
    >> rights
    >> --------------------
    >> Date: Thu, 26 May 2005 19:05:10 -0400
    >> From: Tom Porterfield <tpporter@mvps.org>
    >> Reply-To: tpporter@mvps.org
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    >> leonh wrote:
    >> > I was away when my windows xp pro activation period expired, now it
    >> won't
    >> > load up, I have tried reinstalling it but it still won't work
    >> > can anyone help
    >> > I have read the part of the knowledge base that applies to activation
    >> > but
    >> it
    >> > was not any help
    >> > thanks
    >> > leon
    >>
    >> Boot into safe mode with networking and you should be able to activate
    >> from
    >> there.
    >> --
    >> Tom Porterfield
    >> MS-MVP Windows
    >> http://support.telop.org
    >>
    >> Please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup only
  8. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    The information is correct, you cannot activate in safe mode. Also, the
    activation period is 30 days, not 14 as someone previously mentioned.
    If you cannot do anything now, perhaps your best option would be to format
    and clean install Windows XP, and activate right away. Boot from your Windows
    XP CD and choose the option to install. Then delete the partition and create
    a new one, format and install there.


    "Tom Porterfield" wrote:

    > On Thu, 26 May 2005 23:42:22 GMT, "Darrell Gorter[MSFT]" wrote:
    >
    > > You cannot activate in Safe Mode
    >
    > Please check your facts and verify. You are saying there is no way to
    > activate Windows XP in Safe Mode, either by Internet or phone. Is that
    > correct?
    > --
    > Tom Porterfield
    > MS-MVP Windows
    > http://support.telop.org
    >
    > Please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup only.
    >
  9. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    On Fri, 27 May 2005 06:55:28 -0700, Kelly wrote:

    > The information is correct, you cannot activate in safe mode. Also, the
    > activation period is 30 days, not 14 as someone previously mentioned.
    > If you cannot do anything now, perhaps your best option would be to format
    > and clean install Windows XP, and activate right away. Boot from your Windows
    > XP CD and choose the option to install. Then delete the partition and create
    > a new one, format and install there.

    Kelly, when did this change? Booting to Safe Mode and using phone
    activation was do-able from RTC XP until... still works as far as I know.
    --
    Sharon F
    MS-MVP ~ Windows Shell/User
  10. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    leonh wrote:
    > *I was away when my windows xp pro activation period expired, now it
    > won't
    > load up, I have tried reinstalling it but it still won't work
    > can anyone help
    > I have read the part of the knowledge base that applies to activation
    > but it
    > was not any help
    > thanks
    > leon * ::ok:: ok ok :(


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    Obviously nobody here have ever had that experience with having to activate
    when the 30 days period have reached its limits. I have and know that when
    then booting up the system you will get a popup-notification that tells you
    that Windows can not be loaded because the activation period has expired but
    it also asks you if you want to activate now. If you click "Yes" or "OK"
    (can't remember exactly) you will be taken to the activation-window and
    there you will be offered to activate by phone.

    Just choose the country you live in and the phone-numbers will appear.

    Best regards,

    Gunilla.


    ""Darrell Gorter[MSFT]"" <Darrellg@online.microsoft.com> skrev i meddelandet
    news:aO7Ir2tYFHA.3928@TK2MSFTNGXA01.phx.gbl...
    > Hello Sharon,
    > Activation in Safe Mode never worked, not even during the beta.
    > the driver set loaded during safe mode is different than the driver set in
    > normal mode so your hardware could appear differently to the system.
    > So if you activated during safe mode and booted normally, you may be
    > required to activate again due to hardware changes when you boot nomally
    > and now your machine hardware is different so it would require a phone
    > call.
    > 30 days is the activation grace period.
    > 14 days was the activation grace period during the beta.( I don't recall
    > if
    > the eval time period for activation grace is 14 or 30 days)
    > Thanks,
    > Darrell Gorter[MSFT]
    >
    > This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights
    > --------------------
    > From: Sharon F <sharonfDEL@ETEmvps.org>
    > Subject: Re: window activation period expired accidently
    <Snipped>
    > On Fri, 27 May 2005 06:55:28 -0700, Kelly wrote:
    >
    >> The information is correct, you cannot activate in safe mode. Also, the
    >> activation period is 30 days, not 14 as someone previously mentioned.
    >> If you cannot do anything now, perhaps your best option would be to
    > format
    >> and clean install Windows XP, and activate right away. Boot from your
    > Windows
    >> XP CD and choose the option to install. Then delete the partition and
    > create
    >> a new one, format and install there.
    >
    > Kelly, when did this change? Booting to Safe Mode and using phone
    > activation was do-able from RTC XP until... still works as far as I know.
    > --
    > Sharon F
    > MS-MVP ~ Windows Shell/User
    >
  12. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Gunilla wrote:
    > Obviously nobody here have ever had that experience with having to activate
    > when the 30 days period have reached its limits. I have and know that when
    > then booting up the system you will get a popup-notification that tells you
    > that Windows can not be loaded because the activation period has expired but
    > it also asks you if you want to activate now. If you click "Yes" or "OK"
    > (can't remember exactly) you will be taken to the activation-window and
    > there you will be offered to activate by phone.
    >
    > Just choose the country you live in and the phone-numbers will appear.

    Unfortunately I had but it was so long ago I had forgotten the details.
    Will make notes this time, or rather already have. You are quite right.
    Ran tests to refresh my memory. While it is not possible to activate in
    Safe Mode, it is easy enough to activate after the period has expired
    exactly as you have stated. When you try to log on you are told that the
    machine must be activated. You are asked if you would like to activate now.
    If you click Yes, the activation process starts where you can activate
    either by phone or over the Internet.

    If you try to log on in Safe Mode after activation has expired, you are
    informed that activation is required, that activation can not be performed
    in Safe Mode, and to log in under normal Windows and activate that way.

    I tested the scenario with XP Home, both Gold and SP2. The behavior is the
    same in both.

    My apologies for any confusion that my original answer may have caused.
    --
    Tom Porterfield
    MS-MVP Windows
    http://support.telop.org

    Please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup only.
  13. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    On Fri, 27 May 2005 20:00:15 +0200, Gunilla wrote:

    > Obviously nobody here have ever had that experience with having to activate
    > when the 30 days period have reached its limits. I have and know that when
    > then booting up the system you will get a popup-notification that tells you
    > that Windows can not be loaded because the activation period has expired but
    > it also asks you if you want to activate now. If you click "Yes" or "OK"
    > (can't remember exactly) you will be taken to the activation-window and
    > there you will be offered to activate by phone.
    >
    > Just choose the country you live in and the phone-numbers will appear.

    Ahh. Knew there was some method to get activated so that you could get back
    into Windows again. Thanks for the details.

    --
    Sharon F
    MS-MVP ~ Windows Shell/User
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    Thanks Tom for testing and verifying what I claimed. :-)) You did it even
    better then me as I forgot you actually can activate over the Net. too. I
    have XP Pro SP2, by the way.

    Gunilla.

    "Tom Porterfield" <tpporter@mvps.org> skrev i meddelandet
    news:uMhTIbuYFHA.2288@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    > Gunilla wrote:
    >> Obviously nobody here have ever had that experience with having to
    >> activate when the 30 days period have reached its limits. I have and know
    >> that when then booting up the system you will get a popup-notification
    >> that tells you that Windows can not be loaded because the activation
    >> period has expired but it also asks you if you want to activate now. If
    >> you click "Yes" or "OK" (can't remember exactly) you will be taken to the
    >> activation-window and there you will be offered to activate by phone.
    >>
    >> Just choose the country you live in and the phone-numbers will appear.
    >
    > Unfortunately I had but it was so long ago I had forgotten the details.
    > Will make notes this time, or rather already have. You are quite right.
    > Ran tests to refresh my memory. While it is not possible to activate in
    > Safe Mode, it is easy enough to activate after the period has expired
    > exactly as you have stated. When you try to log on you are told that the
    > machine must be activated. You are asked if you would like to activate
    > now. If you click Yes, the activation process starts where you can
    > activate either by phone or over the Internet.
    >
    > If you try to log on in Safe Mode after activation has expired, you are
    > informed that activation is required, that activation can not be performed
    > in Safe Mode, and to log in under normal Windows and activate that way.
    >
    > I tested the scenario with XP Home, both Gold and SP2. The behavior is
    > the same in both.
    >
    > My apologies for any confusion that my original answer may have caused.
    > --
    > Tom Porterfield
    > MS-MVP Windows
    > http://support.telop.org
    >
    > Please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup only.
  15. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    You're welcome!...glad to be able providing some insight. :-))

    Gunilla.

    "Sharon F" <sharonfDEL@ETEmvps.org> skrev i meddelandet
    news:%23Gx$2cvYFHA.228@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
    > On Fri, 27 May 2005 20:00:15 +0200, Gunilla wrote:
    >
    >> Obviously nobody here have ever had that experience with having to
    >> activate
    >> when the 30 days period have reached its limits. I have and know that
    >> when
    >> then booting up the system you will get a popup-notification that tells
    >> you
    >> that Windows can not be loaded because the activation period has expired
    >> but
    >> it also asks you if you want to activate now. If you click "Yes" or "OK"
    >> (can't remember exactly) you will be taken to the activation-window and
    >> there you will be offered to activate by phone.
    >>
    >> Just choose the country you live in and the phone-numbers will appear.
    >
    > Ahh. Knew there was some method to get activated so that you could get
    > back
    > into Windows again. Thanks for the details.
    >
    > --
    > Sharon F
    > MS-MVP ~ Windows Shell/User
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