Are Windows XP activation being zapped by Microsoft ? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I installed Windows XP Pro due to hard disk failure.

    This machine must run XP due to custom software

    Entered the Activation code from the OEM Sticker

    Applied patches

    When it it come to checking Windows is Genuine - I received a message saying Unable to verify !!!

    We have several other XP machines which have Windows OEM Sticker but are now upgraded to Win 7
    Put in a new Hard disk and install Windows 7 Sp3

    Guess what 3 of these fail at the exact same problem.
    Tried different OEM CD (ORIG)

    Tried an Windows XP SP2 CD - code is accepted during install
    but before I can login I am told I must activate this copy !
    Ok - so NO code is generated so need to call Microsoft
    ofcourse they tell me XP won't be supported from tomorrow

    And since no code on the screen to readout - they put me trough to tech support
    what about tomorrow

    After 20mins on the phone I gave up!!!

    I guess thats what they want me to do!

    Anyone also being messed around by Microsoft on XP front - please chime in

    Monday, April 7, 2014 1:19 PM

All replies

  • Hi,

    the amount of activations on an OEM license is limited

    also with Windows XP tehre were some early issues with pirate licenses which forced Microsoft to block ranges of Windows Pro licenses

    If you are sure you have a valid license, phone them (and be patient ;) ) Microsft licensing support arer the only ones that can really help you (and they will)


    Monday, April 7, 2014 1:23 PM
  • There are forums dedicated specifically to activation issues.  They can help you figure out if the installs are genuine or not and how to get them fixed.  


    For Windows XP: http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/home?forum=genuinewindowsxp&filter=alltypes&sort=lastpostdesc


    For Windows 7: http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/home?forum=genuinewindows7


    BOTH of these will require you to run a diagnostic program.  Please read the threads there marked PLEASE READ BEFORE POSTING.  Doing so will make it much easier to help you out.

    Please do not read this sentence. Please ignore the previous sentence.

    Monday, April 7, 2014 3:22 PM