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XP Activation - What a headache
Phiber-0ptic 
8/8/06 2:53:31 AM
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Cummings

A chick from microsoft doesnt speak any better engrish than the blokes.. lol

Anyway, the point of it is to get around the activation for starters.. That was my main concern, which I now have a solution for thanks to Caelum.

The other thing I wanted to do was backup the drive. (but I actually didn't ask about this problem to begin with)


Sorry but I don't have a DVDRW, I had to sell my first born to get the bloody floppy! :P
Backing up data is not my concern. I have a dedicated server for that.. (2TB Raid5 arrays)

So, to make it simple....

Caelum's suggestion gets around the activation.. problem solved.
Backing up: Run IDE system drive, format raid to whatever I want, (cluster/block sizes), then copy a ghost image over to it...

Cheers for the suggestions guys...
:)

And as for the trolling, I knew you were, but just wanted to blow it right out of proportion. LOL ;)

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aliali 
8/8/06 8:39:58 AM
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Phiber. Acronis will quite happily see raid arrays on IDE or SATA drives and restore to them, I have done it several times to a 2 disk sata raid 0 array. So give it a try with the latest TrueImage 9 trial available from
http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/
Acronis will save an image to, and restore from a hard drive, network share, CD or DVD.


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Phiber-0ptic 
8/8/06 10:37:34 AM
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Cheers aliali...

I have used it in the past, but i've never restored the OS with it. Will keep it in mind next time.

:)

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Jez 
8/8/06 7:58:42 PM
Overlord

I used to have the same problem. Every time I change 1 piece of hardware I had to reactivate windows. It wouldnt work over the net any more due to being activated too many time so I would ring MS straight away. After about 5 or so times my internet activations works again, all the time. I dont have to ring anymore for some reason. Maybe MS can allow the key to be activated indefinitally if you call too much

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hmboy 
8/8/06 9:02:28 PM
Overlord

There is a limit on how many times you can activate over the net.

After that, your limited to activating over the phone.

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iamthemaxx 
9/8/06 11:44:21 PM
Guru

I have activated over the net after the supposed 'limit', but the activations were a few months apart.

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ozacube 
12/8/06 6:12:07 PM
Guru

The problem with the activation file is that Windows stops you from stuffing around with system files.

You can get around this by booting into safe mode. ;-]

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Caelum 
12/8/06 6:45:17 PM
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or as i said, do it either with a dos boot disk(with ntfs drivers) or via the recovery console.

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smithjoe1 
13/8/06 1:31:24 PM
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I use antiWPA and an assortment of workarounds, and before anyone says anything, I own 2 copies of XP, one of XP64, a copy of server 2003, and other licences, but its this one machine per licence, I just call them up and say major hardware change, because their activation database is linked to the first PC, so every format will render the activation useless, good idea on saving the activation file.

Its strange that I find more and more people turning to the pirated copies becuase they are easier to use, no need to worry about activation and keys and other stuff.

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tacticus 
13/8/06 1:51:40 PM
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Quote by smithjoe1
Its strange that I find more and more people turning to the pirated copies becuase they are easier to use, no need to worry about activation and keys and other stuff.



same with many games >.< and music and movies

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1bolHungLo 
13/8/06 1:55:56 PM
Titan

Quote by smithjoe1
Its strange that I find more and more people turning to the pirated copies becuase they are easier to use, no need to worry about activation and keys and other stuff.



its not strange at all. you practically answered what you just said. people are turning to it because its easier to use, no need to worry about activation and keys. maybe this should be a lesson to microsoft themselves. listen to the consumers.

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Fireside 
31/8/06 10:57:31 PM
Disciple

With my legit activated OS, I went and bought another gigabyte mobo to replace my existing one. I decided not to reinstall as it was the same brand of mobo and wanted to see what happened. It booted fine into windows and advised me there were 3 hardware changes and I had to reactivate.

I then did a full reinstall of winxp, did the activation and was advised it was already activated, which was true. I had to ring now and told them it was due to the mobo being changed. I got the new code and activated.

A week later I decided to put my 2x320G drives into RAID 0- that means a full reinstall and activation AGAIN. This time after the install I was able to activate online.

I guess that was because there was no hardware change to the last time it was activated.

Now to my Point!! If the hardware doesn't change, then it looks it can be activated online many times (at least twice anyway).


F$

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Lord Teaspoon 
1/9/06 9:33:58 AM
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Quote by Cummings
Yes, I thought the idea was to REDUCE the annoyance level. Just fucking ring Microsoft, you may even get a chick on the line :)



Ringing Microsoft reduces annoyance? You've clearly not called them in the last 6 months. I've had to reactivate twice this year. Once when I replaced my DVD drive and turned on the onboard networking and triggered the "you've changed too much stuff" reactivation thing and once when I actually did a significant upgrade.

The first time I needed to reactivate, I made eight attempts to call them over three days. I never got an operator who spoke clearly and every time I called the system was down for maintenance and I should call back in twenty minutes. I ended up getting that questionably-legal patch for winlogon.exe because I just couldn't face entering another forty-odd digit number into my phone. Because I'd already activated it on that install, I could still pass the testing and use windows update.

When I reinstalled for the major upgrade, it took me four calls (one every half-hour for two hours) before the down-for-maintenance-for-twenty-minutes system was actually available. The guy I talked to not only had a nigh-unintelligible accent, but he was also on a crackly line. It took two or three repetitions per block of six numbers to get the code off him.

I've had enough. I tried to do the legit thing, but it hasn't been a good experience. Next time I upgrade, I'll be reinstalling with a corporate key.


Edited by Lord Teaspoon: 1/9/2006 9:34:51 AM

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Cummings 
4/9/06 2:07:37 PM
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I guess I was just lucky with mine (5 months back). Bout a minute on hold, got a chick that spoke perfectly reasonable english, exchanged numbers and a reason for reinstalling and it was done.

I do not get to ring Microsoft that often, my laptop doesn't need activation and I am using a pirate copy on my new desktop until Vista arrives.

Sounds like you had it rough.

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GlennsPref 
21/8/08 10:09:23 AM
Champion

Hi, the acronis imaging seems quaint, but to get your os to install you could use nlite to slipstream the drivers into the setup program.

http://www.nliteos.com/index.html

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osama_bin_athlon 
22/8/08 8:50:31 AM
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Quote by Cummings
and I am using a pirate copy on my new desktop until Vista arrives.



aaargh!

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