"This copy of Windows is not activated"

  W C Boggs 17:01 18 Jun 2012

On starting up my PC just now, I got a message to say that the hardware had changed significantly since I first registered Windows and that I have to re-activate it within 3 days.

I'm running Windows XP and the PC is about 6 years old. I activated Windows using the supplied key when I bought the PC (brand new).

There is currently an icon in my system tray, and when I hover the mouse over it it says "This copy of Windows is not activated". The PC seems to be working ok though.

I followed the links that appeared when I clicked the icon, and it took me to Microsoft's page where it told me XP is no longer available and offered to sell me Windows 7!

Is my PC going to stop working in 3 days if I don't "activate" or buy Windows 7? It's got me very worried!


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:07 18 Jun 2012

If you change 4 major pies of equipment MS consider it to be a new PC

Motherboard, Hard drive, CPU, memory.

HAve you done this?

Just go through the activation procedure by phone

How to activate Windows XP by phone To contact a Microsoft customer service representative to activate Windows by phone, follow these steps:

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.
Click Yes, I want to telephone a customer service representative to active Windows now.
Click Read the Windows Product Activation Privacy Statement, click Back, and then click Next.
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.
When activation is completed and you receive the following message, click OK.

TAlk to the person at the other end thaey are very helpful.

  W C Boggs 17:14 18 Jun 2012

I added more RAM, upgraded the power supply and changed the CPU fan for a cooler version. But that was all at least 4 or 5 years ago, and the rest of the PC is as it was when bought. Haven't changed anything recently though.

Thanks for the guidance, I will give it a go. Still curious as to why it has suddenly done it though. A cynic might think it's to get me to buy Windows 7.....

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:18 18 Jun 2012

Phone up, tell them that.

shouldn't be a problem.

  birdface 18:50 18 Jun 2012

Try right clicking my computer and clicking on properties.It should tell you if windows is activated or not,Or to change product key.

If it says not Activated change the product key and type in the keycode that you have on the computer.

That's how it works on W/7 so not to sure about XP.

If you have to phone them there should be a free number that you can use.

  W C Boggs 20:42 18 Jun 2012

Phone option didn't work - the part of the screen that should have showed me the code was blank (plus I couldn't get through to anyone anyway.....)

But I used the internet option, and it told me a few seconds later that Windows had been activated (just turned my PC on again and all seems ok).

Thank you very much everyone for your advice, it's much appreciated.

  onthelimit1 23:24 18 Jun 2012

Strange as this has just happened to a neighbour, but in her case the phone option worked OK. No real change to the pc - wondering if an update has triggered this for some reason?

  o0o_mafia_o0o 00:36 19 Jun 2012


You can download and try this activation may work with you properly.






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