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  • my key is genuine but the program says my key has been overused.
    what to do?
    Thursday, March 22, 2007 3:03 PM

Answers

  • If you cannot successfully activate via the internet, then choose the alternative option to "activate by phone". 

    The Activation Wizard displays the toll free number that you can dial.

    You can open the Windows Product Activation wizard by clicking Start, then Run, and type in "oobe/msoobe /a", then press the Enter key located on your keyboard.

    How to activate Windows XP: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307890/en-us

    Thursday, March 22, 2007 3:43 PM
    Moderator
  • James007555,

    You are permitted to reinstall and activate XP as many times as you want to, as long as your use of XP maintains compliance with the End User Licensing Agreement (EULA).

    After a certain number of activations within a certain time period, automatic online activation will be suspended, which will require that you do a Telephone Activation, as Carey posted.  If the automated telephone activation is not accepted, you will be offered the option to speak with a live activation representative.  Choose that option.  The rep will ask a few questions for the purpose of confirming that you are still using your license for XP in accordance with the EULA.  If so, the rep will issue an activation code for you to enter into the Activation Wizard.

    A very handy way to avoid having to reformat is to use disk imaging backups.  After you install XP the way you want, with the programs you want, take a disk image backup of the installation.  Next time you get to the point where you would have reformatted, just run the disk imaging program and restore the image.  You'll be done in about a 1/2 hour as opposed to the 2-4 hours it can take to do a clean installation, install a zillion updates, install programs, and then redo your settings.  Norton Save and Restore and Acronis True Image are just two examples of disk imaging software.

    Saturday, March 24, 2007 2:58 PM

All replies

  • If you cannot successfully activate via the internet, then choose the alternative option to "activate by phone". 

    The Activation Wizard displays the toll free number that you can dial.

    You can open the Windows Product Activation wizard by clicking Start, then Run, and type in "oobe/msoobe /a", then press the Enter key located on your keyboard.

    How to activate Windows XP: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307890/en-us

    Thursday, March 22, 2007 3:43 PM
    Moderator
  • It says the key can be only used a limited amount of times. Since I have to reformat 3 times per year, I need to know how to avoid this error message.
    Saturday, March 24, 2007 2:56 AM
  • James007555,

    You are permitted to reinstall and activate XP as many times as you want to, as long as your use of XP maintains compliance with the End User Licensing Agreement (EULA).

    After a certain number of activations within a certain time period, automatic online activation will be suspended, which will require that you do a Telephone Activation, as Carey posted.  If the automated telephone activation is not accepted, you will be offered the option to speak with a live activation representative.  Choose that option.  The rep will ask a few questions for the purpose of confirming that you are still using your license for XP in accordance with the EULA.  If so, the rep will issue an activation code for you to enter into the Activation Wizard.

    A very handy way to avoid having to reformat is to use disk imaging backups.  After you install XP the way you want, with the programs you want, take a disk image backup of the installation.  Next time you get to the point where you would have reformatted, just run the disk imaging program and restore the image.  You'll be done in about a 1/2 hour as opposed to the 2-4 hours it can take to do a clean installation, install a zillion updates, install programs, and then redo your settings.  Norton Save and Restore and Acronis True Image are just two examples of disk imaging software.

    Saturday, March 24, 2007 2:58 PM
  • Now i need to know the phone number for windows product activation in Malaysia.
    (the numbers on the screen don't work)
    Sunday, April 1, 2007 8:51 AM
  • Sunday, April 1, 2007 4:31 PM