|Last night in our area Verizon DSL had outages and the service wasn't restored until this afternoon. Sometimes during the outages my dependable Westell WireSpeed modem gave out after 3 years of dependable service. |
Anyway, I then turned on my old PC and was stunned to face the dreaded screen WINDOWS PRODUCT ACTIVATION.
I thought of sharing with you what I haven't encountered before.
Since Windows was first installed on the computer, the hardware has changed significantly. Due to theses changes, Windows must be reactivated within 3 days. Do You want to reactivate Windows now? I selected YES.
Let's activate Windows.
To help reduce software piracy, please activate your copy of Windows now. Activate over the Internet is quick & easy.
You don't have to give your name and other personal information when you activate Windows.
Do you want to activate Windows now?
- Yes. Lets activate Windows over the Internet now.
- Yes. I want to telephone a Customer Service Representative to activate Windows.
- No, remind me to activate Windows every few days.
If you wait to activate, you can still use Windows, but you will receive periodic reminders. After 3 day(s), you must activate Windows before you can continue it.
To continue, click next. I selected Telephone.
Activate Windows by phone.
Just 4 steps, and you're done.
Step 1 - Select your location (United States)
Step 2 - Call a number below to speak with a Customer Service Representative:
Step 3 - Provide the Customer Service Representative with the following Installation ID Groups. (Each group consists of 6 unique numbers). Type in the Confirmation ID (9 Confirmation ID Group each with 6 unique numbers)) that the Customer Service Representative will give you.
I then proceed to call the 888 number only to be told by the record machine that the Product Activation Center is shut down for two. I called back again 2 hours later and was told the same thing. Finally after 4 hours I got the new Product key and it works.
The strange thing here is that I haven't done any hardware change on this old 400Mhz after I installed XP Pro. My thinking is that because the Westell Wirespeed modem went out, the broadband adapter card must have detected it when XP loads. If not for the adapter card, what else is there that could cause this problem?