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Old Jan 23, 2005, 08:11 PM   #1
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Angry Windows Activation HELP

I know this is the wrong forum but I kinda need a quick response. The OS forum is slow as hell.



OK, so this friend of mine calls me and explains me that her Windows Activation Grace period had expired on her computer. She wants to activate it now but there are some problems:

1- She gets a black screen and some white text in the middle saying that she needs to activate windows in order to continue using it.
2- She says she cannot even move the cursor.
3- There are no options for activating Windows on that black screen

Anyway I consulted with google but it didnt explain me what she should do. She tried calling M$, but M$ told her that its gonna cost her $35/hour to get a technician at her place. WTF?

Her copy of windows is legal.

If she reinstalls windows will she get an extra 30 Days grace period so she can at least activate it then?

How can she activate windows after the grace period has expired?

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Old Jan 23, 2005, 08:21 PM   #2
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tell her to fdisk and reformat partition and then try to reinstall it. then activate by phone. you might want to help her so she isn't doing anything noobish to fack up the installation. phone activation is a toll free number and doesn't cost anything.
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Old Jan 23, 2005, 10:56 PM   #3
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tell her to fdisk and reformat partition and then try to reinstall it. then activate by phone. you might want to help her so she isn't doing anything noobish to fack up the installation. phone activation is a toll free number and doesn't cost anything.
^^ What he said. I've done it many times.
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If she doesnt play games, save the money and put mandrake linux onto it...
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Old Jan 23, 2005, 11:30 PM   #5
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If she doesnt play games, save the money and put mandrake linux onto it...
She might have some opposition to that. Linux doesn't solve everybodies problems.

Do a test run first. See if it would be reasonable for her to switch to linux. Maybe it would suit her needs better. Then again, it is possible that linux would not be the best option. It depends on what her needs are.

Getting windows working seems to be the best option to me, giving the informaiton present in this thread.
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