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By choy.waigiat ·
what happens if I do not activate Windows XP after 30 days? I have use a Windows XP installation CD from DELL to install in another Dell PC. Any issues with that?

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to activate Windows XP

After 30 days the installation will no longer work until it has been activated. You will just get an Activate Now Screen.

If you have used the Product Key off the CoA there should be no problems but if you have used the product Key off the original installation you will be unable to Activate Windows or any other MS Software that requires activation.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to

actually over here Breydel MS does things a little differently they keep the system configuration for a long time or it is coded into the activation sequence. I fitted 16 SCSI HDD on my main workstation and had to reactivate every MS product on the machine that had been running for 2.5 years untouched.

Basically when you change 3 items you have to reactivate and if the hardware configuration has changed you have to make a phone call and not activate over the net. You just get an error message telling you that you can not activate the system.

That was with OEM stuff and it used to drive me nuts particularly on a test rig where I was changing out hardware on a regular basis to test new devices the CPU & M'Board remained the same but everything else was changed as required and generally the original hardware was replaced after evaluating the new products.

While I didn't want to come across as the MS Piracy Police you are totally correct about using the same product key for installations on different computers even though I have heard it argued by a senior QC here that the XP Pro License gives you the right to use the software on 2 CPU's so they took that to mean to separate computers which I just had to correct them on.

Since I switched to all Volume License stuff from MS I no longer have the activation nightmare but I'm in the minority as there are not too many home users with 35 Windows computers in their homes. Personally I would have stuck with the OEM Stuff if I wasn't constantly being accused of Pirating their Software. MS where just not nice to deal with so I now don't!

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to

I did however particularly like being accused of Pirating several hundred $ AU of MS product when I had just added well in excess of $51,000.00 AU of hardware as if I was the slightest bit interested in an extra few hundred $ but then again not too many people have Dual Processor M'Boards with inbuilt SCSI as just the M'Board costs more than the average computer before you even consider adding anything to it.

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by Breydel In reply to activate Windows XP

HAL is right in saying that after 30 days you won't be able to use XP unless you activate.

The use of product keys is a little more involved.
If you use the key off the CoA, which it sounds like is a OEM CoA, MS allows you to activate it again if it has been used less than 3 times.

It also appears that MS stores the activated keys but for a limited amount of time.
If you fall within this period, you can get messages about the hardware having changed too much.
It seems that this period is around 6 months.

Even if you get warning messages and are unable to activate online, you can always call MS and ask for an activation code over the phone - the number to call will be available on your screen.

Technically, there are possibilities.
However, your biggest issue is one of licensing.
By using one machine's product key on another machine you are actually in breach of MS' T&C and hence pirating their software. This is therefore illegal.

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by pierrejamme In reply to activate Windows XP

I believe a Dell OEM doesn't require Activating (not positive about that though).
If you don't have a NAG asking you to activate it doesn't need it. However you now have two computers with the same ID and that can get you in trouble eventually.

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