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Windows XP OEM

By martinlw
Apr 19, 2009
  1. Hi,I have installed OEM windows XP,to activate i inserted the key on the COA label but over the internet it didnt activate so i telephoned instead,then microsoft gave me a long number to insert and XP was activated,what i would like to know if forever i needed to format and reinstall again will i be able to use the number supplied or will i have to start all over again and be given a fresh number.Regards Martin.
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Good question :grinthumb

    The number supplied cannot be used again for activation
    If it was tried it would not not work :( (again)
    Therefore under similar situation, you would need to phone MS to get a new code
    The present long number you were given is now useless, and can be thrown away.
  3. martinlw

    martinlw TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 128

    Thanks i now know what to expect.Regards Martin.
  4. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    If you'll wait for a few months before reinstalling, you most likely won't need to call, it'll activate over the internet. At least that's what my own experiences have been.
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