Windows XP Says it is Activated, But I Can't Log On

By Technochicken
Jun 5, 2009
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  1. A little over a month ago, I installed Windows XP on my laptop, using the disk from an old dell computer. I went to activate windows, but it said that windows had been activated. About a week ago, when I booted up, a bubble popped up from the login screen, saying that I had to activate windows within seven days. Now, when I try to log in, a bubble pops up telling me to activate windows. When I click activate now, a the activation window opens, and it says that windows has been activated. I click OK, and the computer logs me out, and forces me to do the same thing if I try to log in again. Interestingly, I installed XP on my grandmother's dell laptop from this same disk, and I didn't need to activate it either, but her's is still working, and I installed it about 6 months ago. I know your really not supposed to use the disk for multiple computers, so it's not that big of a deal if I can't fix it, but it is very strange that it is telling me it is activated, but I still can't log in. I'd really appreciate any ideas. Thanks,
    TC
  2. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +34

    Technically, Windows XP is a one computer operating system. It was activated on the original computer. If you have to move the OS for any reason, such as for a new computer, I believe you have to contact Microsoft. You've already exceeded that. I can't tell you why it's working on another computer when it shouldn't be..

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307890
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