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Ultimate Geek
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# 36539 27-Jun-2009 16:52
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Evening ppls,

I have a Windows XP Pro OEM CD here which I have used since buying new, now I'm in the process of updating my motherboard, CPU and Ram, due to the original dying a fast and rather painful death afew months back.

Will this still activate ok? or will I have to ring MS and answer the 20 questions?

Original machine was custom built by me :)

Your friendly Southern Geeky Fellow :P

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Master Geek
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  # 228840 27-Jun-2009 20:32
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Same thing happened to me, it activated fine :)

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  # 228862 27-Jun-2009 23:29
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Yea if the last time it was activated is more than about 6 months ago then it should be fine.
If it was within 6 months then you would have to call the 0800 # and tell them you only have it installed on the one PC.


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  # 228896 28-Jun-2009 09:28
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Yes it was more than six months ago, thanks guys

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  # 229163 29-Jun-2009 11:54
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Hey guys,

Yep the fresh windows install activated no problem, so thanks for your input :)

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  # 229169 29-Jun-2009 12:33
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MS never really ask any questions about reactivation anyway.... I usually get "why are you reinstalling" - "new hdd" is my usual answer and thats it.
No questions why its a new HDD, mobo, CPU, video etc etc..... :)

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  # 229857 1-Jul-2009 11:12
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Here's the simplest step in doing the activation:

Ring the Microsoft 0800 number (0800 676 334)
Press 2 and then 2 again - this will ask for the Product ID to be entered (this is for the Windows activation option) - update the product key if you haven't done so already and re-enter the product key on the COA
It will read out the number - press 1 to continue
Should be all over in about 3 minutes depending on how fast your fingers are and listening has got to be sharp =)


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