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Prompt for Server 2003 activation on 12 month old Dell server

I bought a Dell Poweredge T610 last June. It came with both 2003 and 2008 server media so i installed 2003. As it was the Dell OEM media i wasn't prompted to activate the product.

Today i initiated a remote session and was told that my copy of windows needed to be activated. I thought this was strange but clicked OK to do it. It then told me my windows was already activated and logged me off. I logged straight back on and everything was fine. However in my event viewer i see the following message:

"You have not activated Windows within the grace period. To activate Windows, contact a customer service representative by telephone."

I'm assuming it was a temporary blip but just wondered if anyone had seen anything similar??
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I have not seen this before,  but where you doing anything related the the bios or hardware at the time?

PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Short of having changed any significant hardware, it happens on occasion that that part of Windows gets corrupted - so since Windows cannot read the location, it assumes it is not activated and kicks off the activation message.

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