XP Activation Limit Exceeded ???

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  1. majpayne1

    majpayne1 New Member

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    OK so i bought the WIN XP Pro upgrade and need to install it on 4 computers.
    After installing it on the first i tell it to do the online activation...no problem.
    I install it on the second computer and tell it to do the online activation....a minuet later it gives me a message that says the activation limit for the product key has been exceeded. WTF !? i just paid $150 to install this on one computer ?? Without having to shell out more money to microsoft are there ways to keep XP runnning (it says after 30 days it will expire, :mb: ) ?
     
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    It's always been 1 Key for 1 Computer... that's the whole point of the activation.
     
  3. majpayne1

    majpayne1 New Member

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    no it hasn't............i can install any past version of windows on as many computers as i want as many times as i want with one key (i.e., windows 98)
     
  4. amill94

    amill94 OT Supporter

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    as far as i know windows xp checks the key with microsofts server. If the key was used it checks your hardware profile to make sure it matches the one that was originally registered with the key. If it doesn't match it won't let you register, or it says to call a 1-800 number and have someone issue you a verification id. This happened to me with a legit copy of XP pro. I upgraded to a DVD-RW and a new vid card and when I went to re-format, I had to get a verification number b/c my hardware profile changed.
     
  5. GmH

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    Yes it has, just until XP Microsoft never used any technical means to enforce it.
     
  6. cmsurfer

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    ^^ ditto, you're SOL if you don't buy any more copies of XP. Even though you were able to install any other OS as many times as you wanted with the same key, you technically aren't allowed to by law.

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  7. Slid.

    Slid. I'm a guy.

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    You can purchase Windows XP Pro licenses for $90 each :)

    You never knew that a single license meant you could only install it on a single computer?
     
  8. Up All Night

    Up All Night I might sleep all day

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    :doh: where the hell have you been for the past few years? There was no technical reason why you couldnt install any previous version of windows on more than one computer, but with activation, MS found a way to control it.
     
  9. majpayne1

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    this i knew ^ but the activation garbage is something new
     
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    Welcome to 2001.
     
  11. DAN513

    DAN513 OT Supporter

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    Those would be the academic version of the licenses. There is no non-academic license for a full version of xp, only the upgrade.
     
  12. Wolf

    Wolf No one plans to take the path that brings you lowe

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    Find a burned copy of XP Professional. Unlimited installs.
     
  13. IAMwhitey

    IAMwhitey New Member

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    I was under the impression that you got 2 installs with XP pro. well at least i did without a hitch on my computers
     
  14. StevesVR4

    StevesVR4 Get Arrested

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    I believe you get two installs with Office XP, not Windows XP.
     
  15. Slid.

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    http://store.productquest.net/wixpprolionn.html

    Why wouldn't they have a non-academic version? I buy them at work all the time for computers I build (OEM).
     
  16. Slid.

    Slid. I'm a guy.

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    Oh - and don't buy those licenses without an OEM CD - your CD is retail and supposedly they dont work together.
     
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    i have two burned copies of xp pro and two burned copies of 2000 pro along with a legit copy of 2000 pro. all have different keys and i have loaded them on several machines i've either put together or helped someone else. haven't encountered any problems.
     
  18. DAN513

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    Those are OEM, not licenses. The open license program does not include a full version of Windows Xp for non academic use. There is an upgrade for xp pro, but no full version.
     
  19. DiScoTeknix

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    Bittorrent:big grin: Why is it that a burned copy doesn't have the online activation and only asks for your serial once during install?
     
  20. Chimpa Codigo

    Chimpa Codigo Bаnned bу Ѕuреr Modulators

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    no one cares :)
     
  21. Zourn

    Zourn 16-bit Ninja OT Supporter

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    I used an OEM WinXP CD to reformat my HP laptop and the HP CD key worked fine. Used the OEM CD so I wouldn't have all that other crap the "System Restore" CDs have on them.
     
  22. Wolf

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    Who pays for windows :dunno:
     
  24. DiScoTeknix

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    haha, I think my dad payed for windows 95 once when we were upgrading from 3.1, or he might have gotten it from work. I was 8 or something so I can't remember, all I know is I was SO stoked to play Civilization. :bigthumb: /ENDreminiscence.
     
  25. Brian

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    i have one copy on 2 comps and it works

    but i gave m$ enough i got 4 other legit copys
     

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