Retail versions of Windows XP SP2 require activation with Microsoft. Activation ensures that you're running a legitimately-purchased, unique copy of Windows. Windows XP's activation process is designed to reduce piracy. Windows XP is usually activated over the Internet or by modem. If you're using a computer without an Internet connection, you can activate Windows XP SP2 by phone. Microsoft provides toll-free activation telephone numbers. You must activate Windows XP SP2 within 30 days of installation to continue using it. Some versions of Windows XP for corporate users and computer manufacturers don't require activation.
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Click "Start," "All Programs," "Accessories," "System Tools" and "Activate Windows."
Click "Yes, I Want to Telephone a Customer Service Representative to Active Windows Now" and click "Next."
Select your location by clicking the "Select Your Location" box and clicking your current location in the list.
Dial the toll-free number for your location displayed in the activation window. The toll-free telephone number displayed depends on your location.
Give the Microsoft customer service representative the "Installation ID" displayed in the activation window when he asks for it.
Type the confirmation ID the Microsoft customer service representative gives you into the "Confirmation ID" boxes at the bottom of the activation window and click "Next."
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