XP activation error or design?

  ACOLYTE 01:57 10 Feb 2007

I formated the pc today and reinstalled xp home nothing changed on the pc no new stuff,but when i came to activate it told me i had run out of times i could use my cd key,and i had to enter another one,im like wth,so i entered my sons and low and behold it worked even though i used his key to activate his version of xp,so what going on you can use any key now and they have a limit on how many times a key can be used?.
By the way i have only activated my copy of Xp about 3 times in all the years i have had it.

  User-312386 07:34 10 Feb 2007

Dont use your sons key.

Phone Microsoft, they will sort the problem out over the phone.

The problem you now have, is that 2 machines have the same licence key

  ACOLYTE 13:08 10 Feb 2007

Good point,it doesnt seem to have affected anything having the same key on 2 machines,and the reason i did it was,the time it was like 2.30 in the AM when i finaly got the pc up and running so it was easier to input the key than phone MS.
If and when i do format the pc i will use my key again and see what happens.

  Diversion 18:52 10 Feb 2007

Any suggestions if you are unable to talk over the telephone to get a new activation or product key.

  [email protected] 21:26 10 Feb 2007

The problems will occur when one or the other PC's tries the online update. There is no limit to activations, but you may have put a spanner in the works by blagging someone else's key. Get onto the free telephone line and try to sort it or reformat and try again - with a phone call if warranted. Advise your son not to try any updates or his PC will be zapped and he will have the problems.

  ACOLYTE 12:13 11 Feb 2007

Both pc's have updated without any apparent problems,both were validated to dload IE7.
I agree about what you say MS need to make the present software better instead of trying to sell new stuff and leaving older version users in the dark.

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