Activating Windows, PROBLEM

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I have recently used my Win XP disk to reboot a mates PC. She cannot activate
it for the reason of exceeded number of times, or something or other.

Does this mean she will not be able to do anything with her computer now?

I'm really confused and worried, please help me someone!

Thanks.

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Jay
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    i think you should try and ring up the number and see of there is an speak to
    someone real button. If not you can email Microsoft you have to hunt down on
    their support side for an email unless there someone around here?

    But Windows is limited to number of activations to stop piracy so try and
    ring and or email them!

    "Jay Higgins" wrote:

    > I have recently used my Win XP disk to reboot a mates PC. She cannot activate
    > it for the reason of exceeded number of times, or something or other.
    >
    > Does this mean she will not be able to do anything with her computer now?
    >
    > I'm really confused and worried, please help me someone!
    >
    > Thanks.
    >
    > --
    > Jay
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    For retail and OEM versions; Windows XP is licenced on the basis of 1 XP
    licence then one installation on one computer.

    Activation records this isnformation on a Microsoft database.

    If you used your XP CD to install and used the Product ID that is on your PC
    you have violated the Licence Agreement and your XP has been installed on
    more than one PC.

    To resolve this, you need a unique product ID. Your friend should have one
    [if XP was installed on their PC in the first place]. If not you'll need to
    buy a full retail version of XP - the same as was installed by you. In
    either case, once a unique Product ID is obtained, then you can call the
    telephone number shown when 'activate over the phone' is selected and speak
    with someone at Microsoft who can help you fix this mess.

    Failure to activate will result in the PC not being able to be use properly
    afetr a limited number of startup attempts.


    "Robert Moir" wrote:

    > Jay Higgins wrote:
    > > I have recently used my Win XP disk to reboot a mates PC. She cannot
    > > activate it for the reason of exceeded number of times, or something
    > > or other.
    > >
    > > Does this mean she will not be able to do anything with her computer
    > > now?
    >
    > That probably depends on the "or something or other". Our ability to give
    > accurate help increased dramitcally when given an accurate description of
    > the problem.
    >
    > But ok, working with what we've got..
    >
    > What do you mean "reboot a mates PC". CDs are not used to reboot a PC. Did
    > you mean you've re-installed Windows for her? Did you use her licence key if
    > so?
    >
    > It should give her an option to activate over the phone - what happens when
    > you try that?
    >
    >
    > --
    > --
    > Rob Moir
    > Website - http://www.robertmoir.co.uk
    > Virtual PC 2004 FAQ - http://www.robertmoir.co.uk/win/VirtualPC2004FAQ.html
    > Kazaa - Software update services for your Viruses and Spyware.
    >
    >
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Using your Windows XP disk was a NO-NO and could cause you problems as well,
    she will need to purchase her own disk and activate it. The "exceeded number
    of times" was due to you activating it on your computer.

    "BAR" wrote:

    > For retail and OEM versions; Windows XP is licenced on the basis of 1 XP
    > licence then one installation on one computer.
    >
    > Activation records this isnformation on a Microsoft database.
    >
    > If you used your XP CD to install and used the Product ID that is on your PC
    > you have violated the Licence Agreement and your XP has been installed on
    > more than one PC.
    >
    > To resolve this, you need a unique product ID. Your friend should have one
    > [if XP was installed on their PC in the first place]. If not you'll need to
    > buy a full retail version of XP - the same as was installed by you. In
    > either case, once a unique Product ID is obtained, then you can call the
    > telephone number shown when 'activate over the phone' is selected and speak
    > with someone at Microsoft who can help you fix this mess.
    >
    > Failure to activate will result in the PC not being able to be use properly
    > afetr a limited number of startup attempts.
    >
    >
    > "Robert Moir" wrote:
    >
    > > Jay Higgins wrote:
    > > > I have recently used my Win XP disk to reboot a mates PC. She cannot
    > > > activate it for the reason of exceeded number of times, or something
    > > > or other.
    > > >
    > > > Does this mean she will not be able to do anything with her computer
    > > > now?
    > >
    > > That probably depends on the "or something or other". Our ability to give
    > > accurate help increased dramitcally when given an accurate description of
    > > the problem.
    > >
    > > But ok, working with what we've got..
    > >
    > > What do you mean "reboot a mates PC". CDs are not used to reboot a PC. Did
    > > you mean you've re-installed Windows for her? Did you use her licence key if
    > > so?
    > >
    > > It should give her an option to activate over the phone - what happens when
    > > you try that?
    > >
    > >
    > > --
    > > --
    > > Rob Moir
    > > Website - http://www.robertmoir.co.uk
    > > Virtual PC 2004 FAQ - http://www.robertmoir.co.uk/win/VirtualPC2004FAQ.html
    > > Kazaa - Software update services for your Viruses and Spyware.
    > >
    > >
    > >
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