Activation problem - 32781

Microsoft Windows xp home sp2
September 30, 2009 at 09:04:42
Specs: Windows XP Home SP2, AMD Sempron 2600+ 1.67 GHz, 512 MB RAM
I recently formatted my hard drive and reinstalled xp. Everything is fine except when I attempt to activate Windows I get a long delay while it is "checking for connectivity" then it says it can't activate Windows - message number 32781.

Tried activating over the phone but that doesn't work either.


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#1
September 30, 2009 at 09:19:18
Do you have a working Internet connect?

Why can't you activate over the phone?

What's the problem?

Stuart


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#2
September 30, 2009 at 12:02:30
Thanks for the reply but I just managed to get around it.

My mistake was not activating Windows straightaway during or after installation. Instead I waited and downloaded/installed drivers for graphics card etc. I think this changed the activation code so it didn't match the original.

I have reinstalled Windows and this time activated during setup with no problems.

Cheers anyway.


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#3
September 30, 2009 at 14:06:46
Instead I waited and downloaded/installed drivers for graphics card etc. I think this changed the activation code so it didn't match the original.

I didn't. You can activate up to thirty days after installation. The activation code is determined by the hardware, not the software.

Stuart


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#4
October 1, 2009 at 04:33:30
Yes - the activation code is determined by the hardware. So when I installed the graphics card this changed the hardware (from onboard graphics to nvidia card), thereby changing the code.

Activating Windows before I installed the graphics card (as I did the second time round) - rather than after - means the activation code is valid.


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