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XP Activation

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Jerold, Dec 20, 2004.

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  1. Jerold

    Jerold Thread Starter

    Jun 22, 2004
    My sister just got a new DELL laptop and she asked me to partition her HD the same way I do to my work PC's. The laptop is new out of the box. When I partition a HD, I like to just reinstall the OS and partition if from the setup so that all the junk demo programs and stuff that comes from the factory isn't floating around.

    The one thing that I noticed was that I didn't get the XP Activation Notification when XP finished installing. I know that it is/was buried in the start bar menu under accessories\system tools, but I can't find it anywhere on her laptop. I know that the previous XP installs would have a message saying that if you don't activate this within 30days, it won't work. I don't want the laptop to suddenly stop working after 30days on my sister if I missed activating it. Is it automatically activated during setup and during the internet setup, pre-activated at the factory for this machine, or do I need to manually activate it using some wizard that I can't locate.

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  3. bearone2

    bearone2 Banned

    Jun 4, 2004
    no os installed or did you just need to reinvent the wheel?
    did you use a restore disk or one of your own?

    you probably should have paid more attention during the install.
    now your sis will just have to see what happens in 30 days.
  4. DFW

    DFW Malware Specialist

    Jun 12, 2004
    With my HP if you use the system disc that were supplied with the machine no activation is required as HP already activated it. I dont use the HP system discs anymore as they do not give you the option of a xp setup to create partitions at set up
  5. Jerold

    Jerold Thread Starter

    Jun 22, 2004
    It is a brand new machine, so a clean install and partitioning during XP's setup a cake. Nothing on the machine, so the software installs are minor - CD-RW software and DVD software and wireless is virtually automatic. SHe can install any antispy and anti virus when I give it back.

    The ACtivation screen on my older machines stayed up until I clicked on something (via internet, via phone or later). I guess that the machine was Pre-Activated at DELL.
  6. Old Rich

    Old Rich

    Jan 17, 2003
    The Dell branded OEM disc looks for a Dell BIOS . . if it finds one, it will install and rarely will ask for the COA or nag for activation.

  7. Lance1


    Aug 4, 2003
    At the Command Prompt type C:\windows\system32\oobe\msoobe /A This should bring up the activation box for XP. Just follow the prompts.

  8. JohnO28356


    Aug 28, 2002
    Don't have a Dell anymore, but have always formatted and reinstalled (for the same reasons you stated) a few days after receiving the computer. As simpswr said, when using the Dell CD, it usually will not require reactivation.
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