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Re-Installed WIndows but can't validate

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April 22, 2009 12:34:39 PM

I installed a OEM copy of Windows XP Home Edition. I brought a new PSU which damaged my hard drive when it blew!. So i had to format my hardrive and reinstall windows.
The problem is i can't activate my copy of Windows as when i use the oroginal product key it says it has already be activated on a different pc.
Is there anyway i can still register this copy of Windows with my pc as i get the stupid 30 days notice etc and after that my pc won't let me onto the OS.
April 22, 2009 1:00:21 PM

Follow the instructions shown on the screen and activate it by phone.
April 24, 2009 12:26:34 AM

Yeah, what MrLinux said. Phone activation is automated and easier than you think.
April 26, 2009 8:35:54 AM

^ +1, it's all automated and takes about 2 minutes.
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