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"this copy of windows must be activated..."

We couldn't find the startup disks a while back so we used another computers startup disk. This is for my daughters computer, so I did not find out until it was too late. I do not have a product key as the sticker is torn off from moving so much but we have found the original startup disks that came with the computer. I've been trying to do a clean reinstall, but this other computer system won't let me get past the dreaded "this copy of windows must be activated... window". I've called acer once, and she explained to just tap ESC on startup and boot from the CD/DVD. This did not work. Any suggestions. Thanks

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  • eujil1 Mar 07, 2008

    'Ive called acer once, and she explained to just tap ESC on startup and boot from the CD/DVD. This did not work.
    By tapping ESC, I did go to the BIOS setup and changed the first boot drive to CD/DVD and f10, and restarted windows normally. Same problem. I'm curious that you said "press any key to boot from cdrom". I might add that during the restart I did not press any key. Thanks for your reply

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Hello!

Im affraid to answer this question because im sure that you rate me 'thanks for trying" but its ok as long as i can help.

well, In most cases, that problem will be resolve by directly going to the insternet and activate.

this statement is also correct" boot from the CD/DVD." Are you sure that the cd/DVD is ok. ? If the original CD is a bootable disc then you have no problems . You should reinstall using the original CD.
1. at frist boot, press'F2" of "Delete" to enter the bios setup.
2. find the first boot setting and change it with CD rom and then pres "F10" to save and exit the setting.
the sytem will restart automatically. then press any key to boot from cd rom.

You are done.

please tell me the problems if this solution won't apply i will give you further solution.
best regards, melnavz

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    Emelio Navaja Mar 07, 2008

    thats right . when the computer prompted you to press any key to boot from cd rom you should press that so that the windows boot from a bootable disk (the original disk) and continue setup a newly fresh windows onto the system.

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