When you first install Windows XP, you may be asked to activate it with Microsoft. The activation process is a system Microsoft put into place to help prevent piracy. Copies of Windows XP have to be activated with Microsoft within 30 days, or you may be locked out of your computer until you complete the full activation process. Windows XP allows automated activations over the Internet, but if your computer does not have an activate Internet connection, you can activate the software over the phone.
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Things you need
- Window XP Product Key
Click "Start," then "All Programs," "Accessories," "System Tools" and finally "Activate Windows." The Windows XP activation screen will then be displayed.
Select the "Yes, I want to telephone a customer service representative" option.
Click the "Next" button. A phone number to Microsoft Customer Support will be displayed.
Call the phone number given to you by the activation window. A Microsoft representative will then give you a series of instructions to complete the activation process.
Tips and warnings
- You will need your Windows XP Product Key before activating your copy of Windows XP, since it is required by the Microsoft support representative to activate your copy of Windows XP. The product key can be found in the box that Windows XP came in. If you are activating a copy of Windows XP that came prepackaged with a computer, such as from Dell or other retail computer companies, the product key may be on a sticker located on the computer.
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