windows XP activation

Michael Belletty
Michael Belletty used Ask the Experts™
can anyone advise a way of activating Windows XP.  Obviously Microsoft does not activate over the phone
 anymore.  i have a client who is a printer.  their platemaker will only work with XP for their software.   their PC died and I need to activate a license again.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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I assume from the above that Internet Activation did not work.

You would need to contact Microsoft Support (not Licensing) and ask their assistance to activate.
Tom CieslikIT Engineer
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Or use pre-activated volume licenses Windows installation CD.
It's not a 100% right but Microsoft is leaving no choice to people who can't upgrade their system.
Call Microsoft and they will guide you through the activation process (same as past automated activation over the phone in the past, but this time with real person). My advice is to not use OEM licence or the one that comes with the computer, because those keys didn't worked for me past year.
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Edward PamiasTeam Lead RRS Desk
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These are the instructions from Microsoft. See if they help.
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"their PC died and I need to activate a license again"
Volume license, retail or OEM?

How are you rebuilding?  
Identical machine? More modern? Virtualised?
I tried it again a few days later and it actually activated online without needing to contact Microsoft.  I did not think the online activation worked anymore, but this one did.


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