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  • I had what I believe is the same issue today. I removed empty two partitions on my PC which has XP Pro (valid and activated). The text given to me in Norwegian stated "According to our records you have exceeded the number of times you can start windows with this product key". Which really doesn't make sense to me... The key is definitely valid, and it's the same key that has been used on this PC for several years (sticker on the PC has hologram, etc.).
    Fortunately, I could activate it via phone after 20 attempts or so (20 attempts at getting the phone number and installation ID to show, not 20 phonecalls).
    But this issue has me wondering... Can any non-script-droid tell me why Microsoft suddenly sees fit to tell me that my machine has changed considerably when all I have done is repartition the harddrive? Why on Gods green earth does it suddenly decide that the key is no longer valid? 
    As a sidenote, I'm pretty sure that WGA breaks several of Norways pretty strong consumer protection laws...
    • Split by Stephen Holm Wednesday, January 21, 2009 12:49 AM Splitting Post
    Tuesday, January 20, 2009 9:31 PM

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  • Hello Repvik,

    I split your post so we can provide you one to one attention. Helping multiple customers in one thread can become very confusing.  First I need for you to follow the proceedures posted in the forum's sticky post here:  http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/genuinewindowsxp/thread/c2be4a37-9ac3-4674-9b30-08fdc9b99dd8

    We need your MGA Diagnostic results so we may analyze what you are experiencing and then provide you with a resolution.


    Thank you Repvik,


    Stephen
    Stephen Holm
    • Proposed as answer by motherboardlove Thursday, January 22, 2009 2:46 AM
    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Monday, January 26, 2009 7:10 PM
    • Unmarked as answer by Repvik Thursday, April 12, 2012 6:09 AM
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Thursday, April 12, 2012 8:47 PM
    Wednesday, January 21, 2009 12:51 AM
  • Maybe it thoguth you change hardware?

    To the side note  -  I don't think Microsoft is based in Norway.
    • Proposed as answer by motherboardlove Thursday, January 22, 2009 2:46 AM
    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Monday, January 26, 2009 7:09 PM
    • Unmarked as answer by Stephen Holm Monday, January 26, 2009 7:09 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by Repvik Thursday, April 12, 2012 6:10 AM
    Thursday, January 22, 2009 2:46 AM
  • Repvik,

    You may find the info regarding Microsoft Windows XP Product Activation in this article to be of interest:  http://www.aumha.org/win5/a/wpa.php


    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Monday, January 26, 2009 7:09 PM
    • Unmarked as answer by Repvik Thursday, April 12, 2012 6:09 AM
    Friday, January 23, 2009 3:41 AM