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Windows XP asking for 'Activation'...

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Hi.
A ~2009 discarded computer from a real estate agency was given to me for salvaging / parts. It exhibited no power-up and later the 'click-of-death?' illness.
Fixed its power supply replacing bad electrolytic capacitors, fixed something corrupted in the hard drive by running chkdsk /p /r about 4 times.
Now initializes fine, all data is there (checked with a Linux boot CD), and operative system seems recovered. But asks for activation. Whatever was corrected/repaired in the hard drive prompted this.

As far as I know, XP support is gone; the XP operative system has to be legal in the machine; label is there.

How to make it work ?
 

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The activation servers are still working so you can activate it over the internet or phone Micro$oft and quote the number on the label. They will give you an activation code to type in. Have a pen and paper ready, it's a long number and they don't repeat it !

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So activate it.

You indicate the COA sticker/label is present, it contains the required product key.

The activation system is still functional, there is just no support, unless of course you are located in China.

The update system seems to be still functioning as well, I have a few XP virtual machines I utilize from time to time.


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