reactivating xp

By parsec
Mar 4, 2005
  1. i recently installed a new harddrive on an old computer. i reinstalled winxp.
    windows now notifies me that i must activate xp. when i click to activate, it says xp is already activated, but each day it tells me that i have 1 day less to activate. any ideas?
  2. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    once a copy of windows has been activated and then hardware changes have been made you cannot reactivate it over the internet you have to call microsoft to get an activation number.
  3. dopefisher

    dopefisher TS Rookie Posts: 444

    i had this problem many times. especially, if your hard drive came pre-installed with windows. then it will not work in any other system but the original one. this is what emachines/compaq technical support told me anyway. you would need to get a new copy of windows in that case.
  4. Lunatic

    Lunatic TS Rookie Posts: 49

    There is no need for a new copy of XP, like iss said, you have to call microsoft to reactivate of the phone. Only takes few minutes, once you get ahold of someone.
  5. fixitguy

    fixitguy TS Rookie

    once u call Mr gates and get active...keep a copy of file..
    find it in 32.
    just paste it back in needed :)
    u'll be active again.
  6. BringinHeat

    BringinHeat TS Rookie Posts: 139

    Dopefisher is right if you have an emachine computer with preinstalled windows you will need to buy a whole new windows xp OS if you do a hard drive change. If you do not have an emachine then do what ISS says and that should fix it.
  7. puppetgrimm1

    puppetgrimm1 TS Rookie Posts: 50

    You dont even have to call microsoft all you have to do is Register at the same time as activating and it will let you through. Works for me!

  8. dopefisher

    dopefisher TS Rookie Posts: 444

    is your windows install CD from an old computer or is it a regular retail disk??
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