That logically happens after 30 days is up. I have seen all the post about resetting the 30 day limit and all the ways to do it. If you miss something a tiny step the result may be another. I use it all the time. Hacking is not always an easy job, isn't it? I am quite sure that I have the correct media.
Takes a while so be patient. Decided to try flubbster's resolution first, and am, unfortunately, I think, at an impasse. It accepted it and continued with the install. So even if those 30 days have passed, maybe it will bother you with that nasty reminder but. I was a beta tester for Windows version 1.
Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. But I still couldnt access the internet from there either. I offered to send him a photo of me holding the box with pretty sticker and me flipping the bird as proof I owned it. But the next day it said I had to activate windows before I could login. A real person who also had no idea what to do, and directed me to Microsoft technical support. Unfortunately, this didn't resolve the boot problem. If a suggested method is something I have already tried I will mark it as such.
It's true, the toy operating system called Windows is better than Linux for games. Wasted over an hour on the phone with Microsoft East. They are the ones who suggest to others what to get. I changed the bios setting to boot the cd rom first but it doesn't seem to recognize the reinstallation cd. If I click yes I get a message that the computer is already activated.
Choose Safe Mode with Command Prompt by pressing F8 before the windows loading screen. Would you like to answer one of these instead? This guy takes a while to check my key. On responding Yes to activate Windows, nothing would happen. I no longer find anything compelling about Microsoft Windows, and when I am forced to use Microsoft Windows the experience is one of downgrading to a far less useful system with huge chunks of functionality missing. There is also a command to extend the 30 days grace period that you need to type in in safemode. In the lower right hand corner is a list of reasone and links to why validation failed.
At least it went pretty smoothly this time. This gave me time to fix the probem for good. The product key worked during installation. The installation is glitched for some reason. Or at least it seemed to. Alternatively, look here and at other Google revealed threads. About 20 minutes in at this point.
Microsoft has wasted many man hours on this. I clicked ok and it said: Your copy of Windows is already activated. Since I had completed the activation process less than 24 hours previous I was a bit annoyed. I hesitated, but having advised so many people in the past that phone activation is no big deal, I decided to live by my own words, and picked up the phone. So, I forked out the money and bought a new install disk and product key. I ran into exactly the same situation today.
So, time to reformat and reinstall. I could really use some help here! People who are reformatting Windows machines should know what they are doing. Not the answer you're looking for? If you could login to the hidden Administrator account, then use that. When I tried, it said my copy was illegal and that I had to buy a legal copy of xp. The computer was working fine the day before. All I really wanted was a way to temporarily shoot down the annoying nag. It will begin to ask you to activate incessantly, but wait until you have all the drivers then activate over the net.