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Windows Xp Product Key Issue

Hello,

My best friends mum has a computer on Windows Xp Home edition, she hasnt been using it long so she is very fragile on the technical side and hasnt a clue *bless*.
I was over hers at the weekend as she told me that windows wasnt booting up anymore, and that she had a dialog box appearing quite often asking her to "Activate Windows". Well this machine was purchased off someone else, and with her not knowing what things are she presume everything was ok. Now the activation period has ran out and the machine boots up as far as the login and asks her to activate, but she hasnt no product key to do so, as the machine didn't come with one. I've tried a few things to figure out how to get it fixed but without a product key I cant go no futher. Can someone help me please

Many Thanks in advance

Emma

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  • Emma J
    Emma J Nov 17, 2009

    Hello,

    Thanks for that, I can try this but I'm worried that because she doesnt really know what she is doing that she will accidentely update. Is there any other solution just in case?

    Thanks again

  • Emma J
    Emma J Nov 17, 2009

    Hello,

    Thanks for that, I can try this but I'm worried that because she doesnt really know what she is doing that she will accidentely update. Is there any other solution just in case?

    Thanks again

  • Emma J
    Emma J Nov 17, 2009

    Hello,

    Thanks for that, I can try this but I'm worried that because she doesnt really know what she is doing that she will accidentely update. Is there any other solution just in case?

    Thanks again

  • Emma J
    Emma J Nov 17, 2009

    Hello,

    Thanks for that, I can try this but I'm worried that because she doesnt really know what she is doing that she will accidentely update. Is there any other solution just in case?

    Thanks again

  • Emma J
    Emma J Nov 17, 2009

    Hello,

    Thanks for that, I can try this but I'm worried that because she doesnt really know what she is doing that she will accidentely update. Is there any other solution just in case?

    Thanks again

  • Emma J
    Emma J Nov 17, 2009

    No there is no sticker on this at all. Surely if its a used part then this key will surely already be in use??

  • Emma J
    Emma J Nov 17, 2009

    No there is no sticker on this at all. Surely if its a used part then this key will surely already be in use??

  • Jon Hunter May 11, 2010

    There is no COA sticker on the computer at all? If you have no COA you can buy a used part like a laptop cover or something for less than $20 that will give you a valid COA.

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You are going to have to have a product key# found on the COA. A COA from an old computer that is not in use (and it must match the version installed - home or pro) will do the trick. You can also call Microsoft at the number provided on the activation screen (activate by phone) and they will sell you a license. Probably a bit more than $20 tho!
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JellybeanFinder is a program that can display all windows and office keys.

But this may still be a problem is windows does not start. Try booting in Safe Mode, hitting F8 after turning on the computer.

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