'reactivate windows within 3 days' message..help!

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Charliesmomu

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Hi. I'm posting on behalf of my elderly mother who turned her pc on to find this message yesterday and is worried!
The message goes on to say something about needing to reactivate it to download some sort of protection updates?
The computer is about 5 years old, stuffed chock full with my brothers music files and none too well cared for. Neither my Mum or brother can remember having to activate Windows (XP) originally but it has been fixed by local tecchies several times over the years so we don't know what install of XP is on there.

Any advice really appreciated!
Julez
 

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do you know what version of windows is in your computer? is it xp, 2000, etc? do you have the original windows cd that came with the computer or do you have the coa sticker on your computer? it sounds like either you never activated it which i cant imagine after 5 years they would be bugging you now to activate it or maybe your copy of windows isnt legal or did you recently make some changes to the computer like put in a new hard drive etc? if you cant find the cd or dont have the sticker on your computer heres a way to find your windows product key cause your gonna need it to activate windows . it call magic jelly bean. go to the website and download and install it. it will show up as keyfinder. open it up and it will give you a 25 letter and number key. write it down or print it out. you might also want to clean out all of the unnessary junk in the computer thats not being used anymore. let us know what happens.
 

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ps if you have a program called system tools in that folder should be something called system information. open up the file and it should tell you what version of windows is in your computer plus it gives the owners name etc and a lot of other info about your computer.
 
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Windows will check itself against the original system activation configuration from time to time to make sure it is still installed on the same PC. If you have made "substantial hardware changes" since the last time it checked itself, you will have to reactivate Windows. As long as you have a legal copy of Windows you should have no problem.
 

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If you still have not activated Windows, you might want to copy everything that is important to another drive and contact Microsoft Activation for help.

What happens after the fourth day is that you won't be able to logon anymore in normal mode, and safe mode won't work either.:eek: :eek:
 

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i heard that you get 30 days to activate your copy of windows. it usually nags the heck out of you to do so before that time. if not you will be locked out of windows which is not a good thing. if you cant activate through the internet than you have to call them and i dont believe they have a toll free number.
 
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You initially have 30 days to activate Windows, if you make "substantial hardware change" then you get three days. If you cannot activate over the internet then Windows activation will give you an Activation code and a toll free number to call. You will read them the activation code, then they will activate Windows for you.
 

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well again i learned something new. im glad to know there is a toll free number for this. thanks for the info.
 
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