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XP activation

By jmac0225 ·
I bought windows XP Pro when it first came out. I have since scrapped one pc and used it on another, Now I am changing to 2 laptops, and although i have the key, I cannot get past the product activation. I get a messagetelling me my uses of this CD have been exceeded. is there any way to bypass the Product Activation that they give you 30 days to do it in?
Thaks for any help!!

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by TheChas In reply to XP activation

Do you have the:




version of XP?

If you have the OEM version, Microsoft likely won't let you move from a desktop to a laptop. The OEM license is "linked" to the original hardware.

For the retail upgrade version, XP may be chocking on the CD that you are using as the upgrade qualifier.

For the full retail version, you should be able to call the activation desk at Microsoft and have them walk you through activation manually.

Keep in mind, that with Windows XP you are only allowed 1 active installation per license.
Technically, you are required to remove XP from the desktop before installing it on either laptop.

To install XP on 2 different laptops, you will need either a second license, or a second copy.

The last time I checked, you could find OEM copies of XP for less than the cost of a license.
Check prices at

One final thought, are you connected to the internet or a network while installing XP?
With no connections to the outside world, and a clean hard drive, you should be able to install XP and still have the 30 days.


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