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  • I recently encountered an issue with my motherboard which resulted in me replacing it along with the processor. Since replacing the motherboard however, windows is now asking me to activate it otherwise it will stop working in 30 days. I dont understand why this is happening, the hard drive has not changed and has been running windows xp for over 3 years now with no issues.

    I am running the XP media center edition, any help would be appreciated, this is very frustrating.

    Thursday, October 13, 2011 2:20 PM

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  • was the windows XP activated before the motherboard and processor was changed ?
    Regards, h9ck3r.
    Thursday, October 13, 2011 2:49 PM
  • Product Activation is able to tolerate a certain degree of change in a hardware configuration by allowing a current hash value to have a degree of difference from the hash value that was originally activated. As a result, users can change their hardware without the product believing it is on a different PC than the one it was activated on. If the user completely overhauls the hardware making substantial hardware changes (even over long periods of time), reactivation may be required.

    In that case, users may need to contact to contact a Microsoft customer service representative by telephone to reactivate.

    here is the help link : http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support


    Regards, h9ck3r.
    Thursday, October 13, 2011 2:54 PM