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I "accidently " installed a newer version of XP on my old computer. The Windows version had a 30 Day activation item, I ignored it and now I am locked out of the computer. I only have the familiar blue sky screen and nothing else. I clicked on the activation buttom but nothing happens. Microsoft wants $$$ for the info...
Any ideas?

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Just one, and that's install the non-"accidental" version after formatting. And let this be a lesson on the dangers of "accidents".

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Any ideas? Yes.

One wonders how you accidentally install XP. There's a lot work and time involved.

If this copy of XP is a valid copy, you can start over. By this I mean you insert the XP CD and boot from it. You follow the prompts by formatting the drive and installing the copy of XP. After it's installed you activate it.


If this is a pirated copy of XP, or a copy already installed and activated on another PC, when you try to activate it, you'll be greeted by a warning. You can imagine what happens next.

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It's a legit copy, it came with my new computer. I tried installing it on my old computer, I did not activate it in the required time and it locked me out. I need the files on the old computer etc. How do I contact Microsoft without paying again? Or any other suggestions?

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Just discussed how to get files out of a crashed system.
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You stated -
"It's a legit copy, it came with my new computer. I tried installing it on my old computer

That makes it illegal and against the terms of the EULA for the OS.

That XP installation disk can ONLY be legally used on the computer it came with. Any other use is piracy.

At this point in time you should consider re-installing the version of Operating System that came on your old computer with its key (shown on the Certificate of Authenticity sticker on that old computer. That not only takes care of the "accidental installation" but gets you up and running again with legal software.
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Will I lose any files by reinstalling my old XP?

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Only if you don't get them out of that machine.

I posted a discussion where we got them out of a crashed machine.

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