Problem activating Windows

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Niktoa

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Last night around 2:00 AM my Hard drive crashed, so Today I get reinstall everything on my Hard drive. I normally dual boot Windows XP and a Distribution of Linux so I started by partitioning my Hard drive and Installing Windows XP. I Have had this copy of Windows XP for a long time now and refuse to upgrade to Windows Vista.

So once it's done installing on the partition I made for it I download some N'vidia drivers and Firefox, then I was going to activate Windows. So I clicked on the Activate Windows option in the Start menu and and began to activate Windows over the internet untill I got this message:

"According to our records, the number of times you can activate Windows with this product key has been exceeded etc..."

So I went to google and began to search for a work around, I found that if I activate over the phone Microsoft will sort it out and I can activate Windows. I proceeded to the activate Windows over the phone option and was givin two numbers to call. The first number was out of service and the second number just gave me a busy signal. I then went to Microsoft's website to search for a number to call, I found one but it cost's $60.00 to speak with a CSR.

I have a totally legal copy of Windows XP, and I am not paying $60.00 so that I can use something I already paid for!

I then went back to google and found another way, that involves editing the registry. While I am familiar with editing the registry I don't know if this is legal and I don't know if I will be able to download updates from Microsoft since the Windows Update service requires you to have a "Genuine Copy" of Windows.

Is there any legal way I can activate my copy of Windows without having to pay $60.00 to speak with a Microsoft CSR?

Thank you
-Niktoa
 

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I proceeded to the activate Windows over the phone option and was givin two numbers to call. The first number was out of service and the second number just gave me a busy signal.

Hi and welcome. Keep calling the 800 number until you get someone who can help you.

There is NO WAY we can help you get around your problem.
 
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