Unable to re-activate Win XP, key blocked?

July 22, 2011 at 05:22:33
Specs: Windows XP
I had to format my drive and can not activate my original WinXP Home. MS have told me that they have blocked the product key due to being installed on multiple PC's.

I know this is not the case as it's only ever been on my PC for many years. I have re-installed and successfully activated many times over the years, again due to disk crashes but now I have this problem.

I've phoned all possible dept's who just keep passing me around and I'm going backwards and forwards.

Desperate for some help here please. Can I get this block removed? Do I need a new product key?


See More: Unable to re-activate Win XP, key blocked?

Report •


#1
July 22, 2011 at 05:27:32
"I have re-installed and successfully activated many times over the years"

That's why it's locked out.

"Do I need a new product key?"

Yes, you do. And they're very easy to come up with (for free) if you know where to look. Forum policy prevents me from telling you how, but google is your friend.


Report •

#2
July 22, 2011 at 05:31:00
MS have confirmed that I am within my rights and their licence to reinstall on the same PC as many times as I wish so why have they suddenly decided to lock the key after so many years?

I know there are ways to bypass the activation process but wonder if this woukld create any issues? As I have a legally bought version I wouldn't mind this too much but it annoys the heck out of me to have do this when I've done nothing wrong and so many folk seem to run illegal copies!


Report •

#3
July 22, 2011 at 06:41:31
jnmann

If you read the entire EULA accompanying your copy of WinXP you will find that there were limits placed on the number and location of installs. When XinXP first came out enthusiasts complained about these limitations and the response from MS was that they would enforce at their discretion.

I would guess they are being hard nosed about it because they want WinXP to go away.

Are you sure no one has installed XP using your key? Do you have children? Very possible someone has in fact installed on multiple computers.


Report •

Related Solutions

#4
July 22, 2011 at 06:43:52
It just seeme strange it's happened now, after all these years. I guess like you say they want it to go away ;-)

Nope, deffo not installed elsewhere.


Report •

#5
July 22, 2011 at 06:53:24
How can you be sure it has not been installed elsewhere? The actual CD is not required, only the key, which can be culled from your running computer very easily.

Kids do funny things.

The way MS can tell if the computer is different is by the hardware. Did you change the motherboard or processor?

Is your copy of XP a full copy or an OEM restore disk?


Report •

#6
July 22, 2011 at 07:08:05
OEM disk purchased with the original equipment, this isn't down to kids.

Report •

#7
July 22, 2011 at 07:23:05
Still installed on all the same hardware other than failed hard drives?

Report •

#8
July 22, 2011 at 07:41:33
Yes, installed on same equipment

Report •

#9
July 22, 2011 at 08:17:56
In that case I would take mick's advice.

Report •

#10
July 22, 2011 at 08:26:12
Regardless of it being reinstalled on the same system with the same hardware, you can only do it so many times. How many times have you done it over the years? And why have you done it so many times?

Report •

#11
July 22, 2011 at 10:24:56
Accorind to the Microsoft Activation folk it can be activated as many times as you want providing it's on the same equipment.
As mentioned above, I have reinstalled due to hard drive formatting.

Report •

#12
July 22, 2011 at 13:54:15
Then they are insisting that there is at least one other machine out there using your key. As I asked before, how can you be so sure? Do you lock up your disks and use BIOS passwords?

Report •

#13
July 22, 2011 at 14:33:16
"As mentioned above, I have reinstalled due to hard drive formatting"

That doesn't answer my question as to WHY? From my experience, the reason people reformat & reinstall Windows numerous times is because they encounter a problem that they don't know how to fix or are just too lazy to fix the "right" way - a virus for example.

Personally, I have an unlimited source of product keys, it's called Google - lol.


Report •

#14
July 22, 2011 at 15:13:17
"...the reason people reformat & reinstall Windows numerous times is because they encounter a problem that they don't know how to fix or are just too lazy to fix the "right" way - a virus for example."

I certainly agree - that seems to often be the case.

"Do you lock up your disks and use BIOS passwords?"

Anyone who has access to your computer can use a third party program to find the Product Key Windows is presently using, if they can get into Windows.
Even if all users when you boot normally have passwords no one else knows, the built in Adminstrator user you can normally only access in Safe mode in 2000 and XP has no password by default

If your official Microsoft label is on the outside of the computer case as it's supposed to be, anyone who has access to your computer can copy the Product Key.
Or - if you have (or if anyone else has) posted a picture on the web of your computer that shows that label, if that's legible, anyone who can access that picture can copy that Product Key.

If that Product Key was posted on the web somewhere accessible to anyone, eventually Microsoft is going to find it and have it in their invalid Product Keys list.


Report •

#15
July 22, 2011 at 20:26:43
I have a feeling someday Microsoft will alter their system so you won't be able to activate XP at all, even if the key IS legit. That's why I bought an OEM copy that's doesn't require activation but is always genuine for all updates.

According to Microsoft's webpage there are keys you can use to bypass activation when reinstalling an OEM copy of XP that does require activation. See if this works:

Preserving OEM Pre-Activation when Re-installing Windows XP

iMac G5 1.8GHz "Hero" PowerPC
2 x 1GB DDR PC3200 SDRAM
160GB WDC WD1600JD-40GBB2
Mac OS X Leopard Version 10.5.8

http://sdfox7.com


Report •


Ask Question