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Old 06-01-2010, 09:51 PM
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Default Windows Activation "Workaround" (OEM/Retail/Branded)

Ever have problems activating Windows on a fresh reinstall?

I have found that using the online Windows Activation at http://www.microsoft.com/genuine will allow you to activate a fresh install of Windows that doesn't match with the license key you have on the sticker of the case.

I have tested this 3 times now with success. Today I used an XP SP3 Retail CD to reinstall windows, and activated with an OEM HP license key. The built in XP activation wizard would not work, but the online version let me activate.

Hope this saves someone some time!
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Old 06-01-2010, 10:16 PM
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That's validation, not activation.
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hmmm.. we need clarification on this thread.
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There is a difference between Activation and Validation. The link you provided is for Validation, not Activation. In 30 days you may be asked to Activate.

In any case, what you did is illegal. It violates the license agreement you accepted when installing Windows.
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Old 06-01-2010, 10:24 PM
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Here's a Vista Activation FAQ. I'd imagine it's the same for XP or 7.

Windows Vista Activation FAQ
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Windows Product Activation (WPA) ties your product key (and thus your Product ID, or PID) to your computer by creating an installation ID. The installation ID is made up of your PID and a PC identifier, called a hardware ID, or HWID. The installation ID is sent to a Microsoft license clearing-house, which checks that Microsoft manufactured that PID and that the PID has not been used to install the operating system on more hardware than is defined by the product's End User License Agreement (EULA).

Validation checks the key used to install Windows software when you log onto Microsoft web sites to download non-critical product updates or add-ons.
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I have a dell (dead desktop with win7pro key) version of windows7 running on my asus laptop... had to call ms for activation but was a success. =)
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I have no troubles with XP not activating anymore, since I have original OEMs for every version possible, and I just update those with nLite as needed.

Here's a tip for Vista: Install WITHOUT entering a product key, and just choose the version on the COA. Then once you're in Windows and online, hit "change product key" in the System info window. Enter your key, and TADA. I promise a 100% online activation success rate if you do that with a valid key. I haven't called in for Vista in over a year.

But with 7, I dunno. The above Vista trick doesn't apply to 7, and I've yet to find the magic combination of presses to make 7 activate online every time... still working on it though!
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I have problems with Windows XP activation all the time but when i call its always no questions asked. What i wonder is whats the point of activation if all you have to do is call and they will activate it. I kind of miss the win98 days when you just installed and that was it. Product activation sucks because all it does is makes our jobs harder, it does not slow down or stop the people pirating windows.

The time that it takes to call Microsoft every time something needs to be activated is incredible. There are some systems I need to call twice. Once for Windows then again for office.
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There is a difference between Activation and Validation. The link you provided is for Validation, not Activation. In 30 days you may be asked to Activate.

In any case, what you did is illegal. It violates the license agreement you accepted when installing Windows.
There may be slight difference depending on the OS, but in XP, validation = activation. Once you validate online, running the activation wizard results in a windows saying you are already validated.

I don't see the problem since I used to call MS to do the same thing (using a retail disc to install an OEM key), and they would verbally provide me with with an activation code.

I would be curious to know if any techs refuse to reinstall or repair Windows if a customer doesn't have their original Windows disc available, since doing this would go against the license agreement.
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