? after a number of previous activations. The dialog box shows the following info:
According to our records, the number of times you can activate windows with this product key has been exeeded. Please enter a different product key and click Retry. The 25 digit product key can be found on the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) label attached to your computer or Windows documentation. It should look similar to the following example:
(Here's a picture that shows how COA label looks like)
New Key (5 characters in five chunks for 25 keys, all blank)
Please contact your computer manufacturer if you are unable to locate your COA label.
If you believe you have recieved this message in error, please contact a Customer Service Representative or visit the Microsoft Activation Assitence Web Site for information of how to get additional product keys. For a contact number in your area, click Telephone.
At the bottom of the dialog box you have three buttons. "Telephone" "Remind Me later" "Retry". The Retry is dimmed, so you have only the two other options. In this case, you'll have to call and explain the situation. Shouldn't be any problem if you have the COA label because the operator might have additional checks in order to verify that you are telling the truth.
Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,
T. S. Eliot