How reactivate Windows XP?

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by terabyte, Jan 15, 2005.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. terabyte

    terabyte Guest

    Can anyone tell me how to reactivate Windows XP, after I reinstall it on a new Hard drive? Do I have to call some special MS telephone number first to reactivate it? Thanks for any help.
     
  2. BlueZannetti

    BlueZannetti Administrator

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2003
    Posts:
    6,590
    If you have an internet connection on that machine, the PC can automatically go through the activation sequence. As I recall (only did it once), if an on-line connection is not available, you end up calling a toll free number to Microsoft. You will end up manually entering the product key over the telephone and if it is accepted you will be provided with an activation code to be entered on startup which activates the system.

    Blue
     
  3. nadirah

    nadirah Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2003
    Posts:
    3,647
  4. bigc73542

    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2003
    Posts:
    23,873
    Location:
    SW. Oklahoma
    is this an install disc or restore disc's from a factory install? if you are doing it with restore disc it does not need to be reactivated.
     
  5. nadirah

    nadirah Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2003
    Posts:
    3,647
    A factory install of windows xp does not require the user to enter the activation code as the tech guy at the factory has already activated that copy of xp on the computer.
     
  6. tearbyte

    tearbyte Guest

    I will be reinstalling a copy of a retail (store bought) Windows cd. It will require me to reinput the activation code, and I wasn't sure if I would have problems reactivating it or not.
     
  7. bigc73542

    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2003
    Posts:
    23,873
    Location:
    SW. Oklahoma
    As BlueZannetti said in post#2 there is a number to call that you can use to reactivate xp with microsoft and as I Posted there is a number on the disc. and they will give you the 25 number code to use to activate it again' just choose the option "telephone activation"
     
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2005
  8. nadirah

    nadirah Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2003
    Posts:
    3,647
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/evaluation/features/activation.mspx
    You can activate xp via the internet or call up micro$oft. Mine is a factory installed copy of xp so i don't need to activate/re-activate it.

    Product Activation works by verifying that a software program's product key has not been used on more personal computers than intended by the software's license. You must use the product key in order to install the software and then it is transformed into an installation ID number. You use an activation wizard to provide the installation ID number to Microsoft either through a secure transfer over the Internet, or by telephone. A confirmation ID is sent back to your machine to activate your product.
     
  9. terabyte

    terabyte Guest

    Thank you all for your very excellent help.
     
  10. nadirah

    nadirah Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2003
    Posts:
    3,647
    Always glad to be of service to you. :)
     
  11. iceni60

    iceni60 ( ^o^)

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2004
    Posts:
    5,116
    i just reinstalled and activated XP, i think there was an icon in the systray you can click on then start the activation process.

    you can do it over the internet, when i tried to do it over the internet it wouldn't connect. so the other way is to ring up a customer support number.

    firstly, you pick your country, then ring up the number given, you then give the number which is on the activation screen, i've editted it out in the screenshot below, then you fill in the number that's given to you. that should be it. :)
     

    Attached Files:

  12. bigc73542

    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2003
    Posts:
    23,873
    Location:
    SW. Oklahoma
    A good "screenie" Ice

    bigc
     
  13. iceni60

    iceni60 ( ^o^)

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2004
    Posts:
    5,116
    thanks :D it's lucky i took two screenshots at the time, because i deleted out the ID from step four without copying it first. :rolleyes:
     
  14. nadirah

    nadirah Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2003
    Posts:
    3,647
    When I reinstalled xp myself earlier last year, I was not required to reactivate xp at all, my copy of xp is factory installed and activated at the factory so the computer user does not need to do anything at all. Easy job for me. :D
     
Loading...
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.