My neighbour was having a lot of problems with his computer so i had a look at it and found it to be totally infected with viruses and spyware so after a lot of downloading programmes to clean his system i noticed that his automatic updates from microsoft were switched off, so i switched this back on downloaded all the updates from microsoft and it is now telling me that i have 30 days to register windows xp, he does not have any product keys or disc for xp as he has this computer 4 years and has moved house twice in this time and any info he had on his computer is long gone. is there anywhere on the computer that would store this product key.
What you need to know about WPA [windows product activation]
There are a few things that aren't readily apparent in the documentation that you should be aware of: 1. You have 30 days from the time you install XP to activate it. If you don't, you'll be able to boot the PC but won't be able to launch Windows without first calling to activate XP. 2. Microsoft will only authorize a maximum of three activations in the first 30 days that you own the product 3. Microsoft will authorize a maximum of eight activations for a product (Although we've heard unconfirmed reports that this has been raised to 11 activations) 4 If you reach the activation limit, you will be required to purchase another license if you wish to continue using the product 5 Reinstalling Windows XP on the same hardware generates the same product key, so the above doesn't affect you. You can reinstall Windows XP an unlimited number of times on the same hardware.
You could try calling 0800 0188354 which I believe is the Windows Activation number and ask them about your problem.
Will try rdave13s link whenever i get onto his pc probably tomorrow. he now tells me that the computer came preloaded with xp,he never had any discs whenever he bought it new. what if it is an oem installed version of Windows xp?