Activating Windows XP Reviewed by Momizat on . Well lately I have been getting quite a few customers asking me why they can't activate their Microsoft Windows XP?! Questions like: "I've gone past my 30 days Well lately I have been getting quite a few customers asking me why they can't activate their Microsoft Windows XP?! Questions like: "I've gone past my 30 days Rating:
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Activating Windows XP

Well lately I have been getting quite a few customers asking me why they can’t activate their Microsoft Windows XP?! Questions like:
“I’ve gone past my 30 days and now I can’t logon to Windows XP because it keeps asking me to activate”
“I’ve tried to activate Windows XP over the internet and it keeps failing.”

Okay so let me make this simple for you all. Basically for you to be able to activate over the internet, you would need:

  • An internet connection – Make sure you are connected to the internet at the time
  • A valid version of Windows

So when you try to activate over the internet, it doesn’t work right? It’s not the end of the world. So what do you do now?

Some people never notice the part that says “Yes, I want to telephone a customer service representative to active Windows now”

Select that then continue on with the steps as all of them are quite basic.

  • Choose your country
  • Pick up your phone and call the local number – For most people the call is actually free!
  • Give the customer service representative your Installation ID
  • The customer service representative will give you a 35 digit confirmation ID which you have to type in the blank spaces.
  • Press next and you’re done!
  • Now say you have a problem where you do not have any digits in your installation ID, what then? Well to resolve this issue all you need is your Windows XP CD and do the following steps.

  • Restart your computer into Safemode
  • Click on the Start button
  • Click on the Run button
  • In the Open field type in the following “inf” – This will bring up a folder
  • In that folder search for a file called OOBE.inf
  • *Note* You have to make sure your computer is showing extentions for known file types.

  • Right Click on the file and click Install – Now it will say it cannot find a file.
  • Click on Browse
  • Go into your CD-Rom drive – Then the I386 folder located within
  • Select the “actshell.ht_” and Click Open
  • Press OK
  • Now after you are done with this step, restart your computer and try to reactivate your version of Windows and you should get an Installation ID.

    The above solution usually fixes most of your Activation problems, some include:

  • Keep getting logged off when you try to activate
  • Recently changed hardware and it keeps prompting you to reactivate
  • If you have any questions or problem with Activating Windows, please feel free to ask me by leaving a comment.

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    • Christopher

      Hi there! One of my cleints is have a similar issue where I’v activated Windows for him and given a restart. It worked 100% untill this morning after he switched on his computer. After doing that it is asking him to activate windows again. He phoned Microsoft in an attempt to reactivated windows. Then after completing the telephonic activation.. The PC restarts and wants to be activated again. We origanally used another CD-Key while installing windows due to our supplier not having stock of windows XP because we knew we had 30 day till activation. Thanks.. Your will really be appeciated!!! Christopher

    • emily

      i follwed your steps up to the “go into your cd drive”

      when i try to open/explore the disc nothing happens, when i try and open it another way it just opens the “desktop” folder.

      your help is much appriciated and thank you soo much, this is as far as i’ve got with fixing this problem.

    • All you have to do is to the following…
      1. Turn your computer Off
      2. Turn your computer back On
      3. As soon as your computer turns on – Continuously Tap the F8 key on your keyboard
      4. This will bring you onto the the Advanced Boot Option
      5. Select Safemode using the Up and Down arrow keys on your keyboard and press Enter
      6. Then Select your Operating System and press Enter
      7. Then you will see your computer bring up a bunch of lines where it is loading up drives
      8. On the Logon screen, select Administrator
      9. Then select Yes when it comes up to the popup asking if you would like to continue into Safemode

      Then voila, you’re in Safemode 🙂

    • How do I restart in “Safe Mode”?

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