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Tad Ignorant

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Hi!
A friend of mine bought a used computer and asked me to look at it and see if I could get passed this activation message for them.

'This copy of Windows must be activated with Microsoft before you can logon. Please ask a computer administrator to activate Windows on this computer.'

I am not all that familiar with XP home edition as I still mostly use Windows 98 on my equipment. They didn't get any disks at all with this computer, just the computer mouse, monitor and keyboard. It is an older Compaq but that is about all I know about it so far.

Is there anybody out there that knows anything about getting around this?

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To quote the Windows XP user manual...

To help reduce software piracy, Windows XP uses the product activation system, which allows you to install Windows XP on only one computer.

You can activate your copy of Windows either:

During Setup

-or-

By clicking Start --> All Programs --> Activate Windows

If you wait to activate your software, you can still use Windows for 30 days. During this time, you'll be reminded periodically to activate windows.
 

Tad Ignorant

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So basically the previous owners did not activate XP within the 30 days. Since I have no cd or manual to activate it with is it possible to activate it another way?

I don't think I can get to the start menu because this message pops up while loading the previous owners settings.

Am I all out of luck or is there something I can do to activate it?
Tad
 
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