Do i HAVE to activate windowsXP?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by J0sh, Jul 7, 2002.

  1. J0sh

    J0sh Guest

    Despite the title of this thread, its nothing about warez or not paying for windows, or anything, so please don't lock it right off the bat.

    I got a new Toshiba laptop a few weeks ago pre-installed with Windows XP Home, and I was reading the guide that came with it about XP, and it said I had to activate XP within 30 days of installing it. I tried to activate it, but can't find it. M$'s site said it was in accessories -> system tools, and its not there. So, does this mean that I don't have to activate it, or that it's hidden somewhere else?


    Thanks for all your help!
     
  2. Iceman

    Iceman Moderator

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    "some" of these pre-installed puters have already been activated for customers.

    Not always the case

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  3. J0sh

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    Is there anyway to check? I thought I read somewhere about a run command that will do the same thing as hitting activate... but I couldn't find it. is there anyway to check?

    If it helps, the first time I turned it on I had to go through the same setup as when I had to reinstall XPPro on my old machine.
     
  4. Iceman

    Iceman Moderator

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    oobe/msoobe /a

    but if the activation icon is missing from the system tray, it's already activated.

    :cool:
     
  5. J0sh

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    Beautiful! Thanks a ton Iceman!
     
  6. Iceman

    Iceman Moderator

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    you are very welcome.

    glad it worked out

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  7. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    eh I Don't think you have to activate winxp... I am just responding to your initial Q...

    windows wants you to register yes... but if it says register now or later you can just click later and you should NOT get any new pop-up messages to register...

    took my lazy behind a whole 2 months before I up and decided to register :) I just clikced register later and there I was... no mean messages from microsoft... no pop-ups no nothing (Yes I know thats bad english)

    but if you can... register so as to make sure bill gets his money legit.. :)
     
  8. Iceman

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    sazar99

    he's talking about activation, not registration, two totally different things.

    You must activate windows XP

    Registration is voluntary

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  9. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    I knew that...

    :D
     
  10. J0sh

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    How do I register, and are there any benefits (sorry, this is my first legal copy of windows in several years :rolleyes: )
     
  11. Iceman

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    ;)

    I knew you did, but didn't want him to think he had to do the registration thingie.

    :cool: