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Old 01-13-2010, 01:55 PM
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Unhappy WARNING! This copy of windows needs to be activated

This window called "Windows product activation" comes up when I start. It had a count down in days to activate it or it would lock it. I have called microsoft who have been so unhelpful as the product key number is not recognised/operating system is so old. Can't even access any control panels. HELP!!!!
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Old 01-13-2010, 03:17 PM
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This section of the forum is for Windows 95, Windows 98, & Windows ME.
Microsoft didn't introduce Windows Product Activation until Windows XP came along. Earlier versions don't require WPA.

So which version of Windows are you having this problem with, and did Microsoft know which version you needed help with?
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Old 01-13-2010, 03:52 PM
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A family friend gave me the PC I have a windows 98 manual with an upgrade certificate stuck on the front which I assume was the XP one

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Old 01-14-2010, 06:24 AM
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When you quoted the product-key to Microsoft, could you have mistakenly given them the old Windows 98 key instead of the XP key?

Where did you read the key from when they asked you for it?
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