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THIS COPY OF WINDOWS MUST BE ACTIVATED

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I am running win 2003 server pro and i am running a network
with 20 clients. However the other day it rebooted and when i attempted to
login it gave me this message: "THIS COPY OF WINDOWS MUST BE ACTIVATED WITH
MICROSOFT BEFORE YOU CAN CONTINUE. YOU CANNOT LOGON UNTIL YOU ACTIVATE
WINDOWS. DO YOU WANT TO ACTIVATE WINDOWS NOW?"
It so happens that when i activate it it connects to MS then gives me a
message saying: THIS COPY IS ALREADY ACTIVATED, I then click ok and it goes
back to the login prompt, i cant log-in to the server BUT everyone on the
network can access the share from their clients, this has gone on for approx
a month. Is there a workaround or any other way can I log-in.
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by:irwinpks
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Call Microsoft!
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by:inbarasan
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Dear Adz249,

Please try going to www.microsoft.com/genuine and click validate. See if that solves your issues, and let me know if that solves your issue.

Cheers!
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by:dooleydog
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when you get the message that this copy is already activated, that means that it has already been installed.

If you are trying to install it again on the same hardware, or replacement hardware, you can call MS and then can help you get past this.

If you are trying to install a second time, then you are out of luck and will need to purchase another copy of the OS.

Hope this helps,

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by:myron-szy
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I'm not 100% sure about this, but I don't think Microsoft keeps a perpetual record of every software activation, but the activation record (failed activation) does get renewed on every attempt.  Somewhere I read that after something like 120 days the activation record/events falls off Micrsoft's activations database and a blocked product ID can be re-used as if it was never activated, but the cycle does resume.  After the allowed number of activations the block is reapplied.  Remember, I'm not 100% sure about this, but I do remember reading this from some site that is not a two-bit site.  It might have even been from some page deep within Microsoft's web servers.  I'm simply not sure.

Bottom line is that dooleydog is correct.  If you have activation problems that you can't solve then Microsoft can assist you.  I've had this problem.  I actually got issued with another product ID and was (already knew the procedure) of changing the product ID and perform an Internet activation which did work.
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