XP re-activation after formatting?

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I can't activate my copy of XP again after I needed to format my computer. The program gave me two numbers to call and neither of those work, I just get the recording that the number I dialed is no longer active or whatever. So how can I go about activating my OS now?
 

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From the Microsoft website:

How to activate Windows XP by phone
To contact a Microsoft customer service representative to activate Windows by phone, follow these steps: 1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Activate Windows.

Or, click the Windows Activation icon in the notification area.
2. Click Yes, I want to telephone a customer service representative to active Windows now.
3. Click Read the Windows Product Activation Privacy Statement, click Back, and then click Next.
4. Follow the steps in the Activate Windows by phone dialog box, and then click Next.

Note The number appears now and differs based on the location that you select.
5. When activation is completed and you receive the following message, click OK.
You have successfully activated your copy of Windows.

Let us know if that does not work.
 

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I've tried it already, but both numbers listed are discontinued in the US.
 

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I just get this message after going through the steps:

Windows Activation Required.
Windows must be activated in order to determine if the Windows product key installed on this computer is genuine.

It then asks me to purchase a copy of Windows Genuine for $100 and says if I'm unable to register my product, it's probably a counterfeit copy, which it isn't. I have the box I purchased it in right in front of me and I'm 100 percent sure nobody else has. I have just reformatted on the same computer that was using the same copy of XP, and when trying to register my product online, it says it's already been registered before..... Wooooooooooow

Online Registration error: According to our records, the number of times you can activate Windows with this product key has been exceeded.
 

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How many computers is this copy of Windows currently installed on? If only one, and it is a retail version, you call Microsoft and tell them you had to re-install and it is only installed on one computer.

If it is OEM and is installed on only one computer (which must be the original one), you call Microsoft and tell them you had to re-install and it is only installed on one computer.

If there is any doub't whether your CD key has been pirated, "Google" it. It has been pirated if Google returns any results for it.
 
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