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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 9:00 PM Darin Smith MS, Microsoft Contingent Staff, Owner
Computers, which are built by large manufactures that come with Windows Pre-Installed, come with two (2) Product Keys:
A) OEM SLP: This key comes pre-installed in Windows, when it comes from the Factory. This key is geared to work with the OEM Bios Flag found only on that Manufacturer's computer hardware. So when Windows was installed using the OEM SLP key (at the factory) Windows looks at the motherboard and sees the proper OEM Bios Flag (for that Manufacturer and that version of Windows) and Self-Activates. (that's why you did not need to Activate your computer after you brought it home)
B) COA SLP: This is the Product key that you see on the sticker on the side (or bottom) of your computer. It is a valid product key, but should only be used in limited situations (such as if the OEM SLP key stops self-activating for whatever reason). The key must be activated by Phone. (Note: All manufacturers that use the OEM SLP system are required by contract to include a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) sticker, that has a COA SLP key, on the computer)
Your Windows is using an OEM SLP key, but (for whatever reason) cannot see the special instructions in the computer's motherboard and is unable to Self-Activate.
To fix the issue, you will need to change out the OEM SLP key with the COA SLP key. The normal way to do this is to click the 'Start' button, right-click 'Computer', select 'Properties' and then click 'Change Product Key' (located in the lower right-hand side of the window). Enter the COA SLP key and follow the instructions in the Change Product Key Wizard.
Alternate steps to change the product key
1) Click the Start button 2) Type: slui.exe 3 and hit the Enter key 3) Type in the Product key from the sticker on your computer 4) Click the Next button. 5) You will be asked if want to Activate, click ok It will attempt to Activate by the internet and will return an Invalid Key error (this is ok, continue to step 66) 6) Click the Start button 7) Type: slui.exe 4 and hit the Enter key 8) Select your location in the drop down menu and click the Next button 9) The next screen provides the number to call to Activate by Phone
NOTE: when you call that number, you will first hear an Automated Voice. If the Automated Voice gives you an option to talk to a Live Activation Rep., select that option. If not, do not enter any numbers. This should force the Automated Voice to transfer you to a Live Activation Rep. Trying to Activate thru the Automated Voice will not work, in your case; only thru the Live Activation Rep. will your Activation be successful.
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If your trying to find free serials to activate this product, it is illegal and i cannot help. However, if you would like to legitimately activate your copy, visit the Shadow defender website and purchase the software: http://www.shadowdefender.com/purchase.html
You will have to call the Microsoft Product Activation Center at 888-725-1047.
You will be asked if you are at your computer with the activation window open - respond with "YES" your will be asked for your activation I D - respond by saying "HELP", the message will repeat, respond by saying "TRANSFER" - continue to respond with "TRANSFER" until you hear "If you wish to talk with a specialist say transfer" again say "TRANSFER". You will then be asked if you have the activation wizard up on your screen - respond with "YES". Finally, you will be transferred to an activation specialist. You will have to tell them what happened to you original product key (lost it, accidentally destroyed etc.) and you will have to tell them why you need the key. (Hard drive crash or whatever). They will NOT give you a replacement key if you tell them that you need it for a second computer - your are only licensed to use the key on one computer at a time! he may ask you for numbers printed on the CD . He will then tell you what you have to do to order a replacement product key.
You can also request a replacement product key from Microsoft Sales by calling 800-642-7676 and asking to speak to tech support.
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your windows is asking for Activation...u have to use telephone or internet to activate, if u don't activate it will be trial for 30days so use telephone give a code which displays on your screen...it will give u a code through which u can activate it. But remember u have to activate every time when u format it. Previous key will not work. Another process is to use crack and keygens but they r illegal. You can activate many times no limits if u have an original operating system. All OEM packs of operating system will ask for activation. full versions are costly but no need to activate. Don't use on more than one computer...every OS is made for only one computer.