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xp home activation passed but didn't?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by ALLMAN, Jan 6, 2011.

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    ALLMAN Thread Starter

    Sep 9, 2010
    I Reformatted hd and reinstalled xp home with my xp disk but used the activation numbers on the case, this computer did have xp home, went through activation and it passed, 20 days later it tells me before loading desktop that windows need to be activated,I click yes activate now, and then it logs off again and back to user name.it's a cycle like it wont even let me in. I have read that some xp disks are retail and some are oem. If this cp had oem and I installed retail,could this be the cause?:confused: and how do I get passed it with the use of the activation numbers on the case.


    Jan 30, 2007
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    thats more than likely what happened. u cant mix and match oem and retail. if it needs an oem disk thats what u will have to use.when u are typing the code in u sometimes get a warning that the key isnt valid before u go any further but not always.its possible that u might have typed in the wrong code 8s look like Bs 0s look like Os etc. try to see if u can borrow an oem copy from someone and try it again using the sticker u have on the computer. hope this helps u.
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    Saga Lout

    Sep 15, 2004
    It could be worth going through the telephone method of activation, explain the situation and someimtes, on your assurance that the system isn't in use elsewhere, they might guide you through the Change Product Key procedure. I can't help you with the Canadian telephone line number but it should appear on your screen as one of the options.
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