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  • Our machine has started asking to be activated, even though it has been working for the last 3 years, the Windows is a genuine OEM or has been.

    We activate it on the Internet and everything is OK, until we plug in a memory stick or switch off a usb printer and forget to switch it on before it boots up, if we forget to switch it on before boot up, then it comes up saying the hardware has changed and wanting activation again, nothing has changed except we have installed a new Brother printer and  removed an old model Brother printer, this new printer has been on the machine for over a month.

    The Hard disk, motherboard, memory, CPU, floppy, case, CDRW are all the same as supplied by the manufacturer, there have been no faults that have required a hardware change.

    We are going to run out of activations soon, if we forget to switch on a printer before boot up, then we will have to buy another Windows.

    It appears that its time is up and users are being forced to purchase a new version, I want to know why  Microsoft are being allowed to Sell a program that is effectivley steeling from its users by forcing them to by another version after only 3 years.  

     

    Sunday, September 3, 2006 11:48 PM

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  •  Opal IT wrote:

    Our machine has started asking to be activated, even though it has been working for the last 3 years, the Windows is a genuine OEM or has been.

    We activate it on the Internet and everything is OK, until we plug in a memory stick or switch off a usb printer and forget to switch it on before it boots up, if we forget to switch it on before boot up, then it comes up saying the hardware has changed and wanting activation again, nothing has changed except we have installed a new Brother printer and  removed an old model Brother printer, this new printer has been on the machine for over a month.

    The Hard disk, motherboard, memory, CPU, floppy, case, CDRW are all the same as supplied by the manufacturer, there have been no faults that have required a hardware change.

    We are going to run out of activations soon, if we forget to switch on a printer before boot up, then we will have to buy another Windows.

    It appears that its time is up and users are being forced to purchase a new version, I want to know why  Microsoft are being allowed to Sell a program that is effectivley steeling from its users by forcing them to by another version after only 3 years.  

     

    Try the following:

    1. Reboot your computer into "Safe Mode".

    A description of the Safe Mode Boot options in Windows XP
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315222/en-us

    2. Go to Start > Run and type: %systemroot%\system32  then press the Enter key.

    3. Locate these two files: wpa.dbl and wpa.bak

    4. Rename the wpa.dbl file to wpaold.dbl and wpa.bak to wpaold.bak

    5. Reboot your computer into Normal Mode. This will force activation on the following boot. Sometimes if those files get corrupted, they can cause this type of problem.

    If the above procedure does not solve the problem, then try: 

    Guided Help to remove the script that interferes with Windows activation: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/312295/en-us  

     

    Monday, September 4, 2006 12:21 AM
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