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Chris
07-10-2005, 02:13 AM
I reformated my computer because I couldn't get a virus off it because I
didn't have a virus scanner so I reformated it and activated. Now it says
that I used my CD Key to much and I need a new one and I don't know how to
get one. Dose it cost anything?

Bruce Chambers
07-10-2005, 02:13 AM
Chris wrote:
> I reformated my computer because I couldn't get a virus off it because I
> didn't have a virus scanner so I reformated it and activated. Now it says
> that I used my CD Key to much and I need a new one and I don't know how to
> get one. Dose it cost anything?


You don't really need a new Product Key or license.

The error message you received is misleading. What it really means
is that you've activated "too many times within the last 120 days for
the automated activation mechanism to work." Simply activate via
telephone. I think Microsoft should fix this error message, but it is,
in reality, a relatively minor "cosmetic" issue, so they're probably
giving more weight to some silly cost-benefit analysis more than they
are their customers' confusion.

There's no limit to the number of times you can reinstall and
activate the same WinXP license on the same PC. Nor is there ever a
charge. Nor does a Product Key (so long as it's not an evaluation
license) ever expire. If it's been more than 120 days since you last
activated that specific Product Key, you'll most likely be able to
activate via the Internet without problem. If it's been less, you
might have to make a 5 minute phone call.

Here are the facts pertaining to activation:

Piracy Basics - Microsoft Product Activation
http://www.microsoft.com/piracy/basics/activation/

Windows Product Activation (WPA)
http://www.aumha.org/a/wpa.htm


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