hi, iv recently installed xp on a brand new h.d and i entered the correct code from the sticker on the side of the pc, i now have a little bubble popping up telling me to 'register' it and i only have 27 days left to do it, please can anyone tell me what this will entail?
Registration and activation are two separate things.
You have 30 days from install to activate your copy of XP. If the code is invalid, you will find that XP will not activate. If the code is incorrectly typed in, you will be offered an opportunity to correct it.
Registration involves giving Name, Address, Tel, No, Email, trouser and hat size, fingerprints.... well, I exaggerate. It's totally unnecessary, optional, and is just a marketing tool by Microsoft.
You will need to let the machine activate (online). Just follow the instructions. If you need to do it by phone, the option is there, is automated, but slow and tedious...
If you are connected to the net it will do it auto, and yes you need to register. If it had a Pre-installed OS the OS key may be a different one to the one on the Case. I have two Medion Computers like that. as they supply a Restore CD and a Operating System CD with there Name on it not Microsoft. This is so I can do a Clean Install and remove all Medion Stuff if I want to. But I would then need to use the Key on the Case and Register it
bjh is correct. Once you install XP you are invited to Activate and Register your copy of Windows. Activation is mandatory and you must do it within 30 days or it will stop working. It's nearly always possible to do it quickly and painlessly via the internet.
Registration is optional, and I never bother. Bill Gates never came round to ask any difficult questions
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