Bruce I can't remember the exact wording but it is possible to have a
message appear telling you that you have used up all your activations, I
should know I've had it happen to me enough times:-) To be honest I have two
copies of Windows XP that tell me that I've used up all my activations
sitting on my desk at the moment. However, as has been pointed out, a simple
telephone call to the activation line should solve the problem. As you say
there is no limit on the number of activations. In my case the problem was
due to installing VMware Workstation beta and allowing it to set an 8GB
partition fro XP when, really I needed more room. When I received a full
copy of VMware I uninstalled the beta, reinstalled the RTM copy and decided
to install XP again on a 14GB partition. Upon attempting to activate I got
the 'sorry you've used up all your activations' message. I then tried my
second copy of XP and that resulted in the same message ( the 120 days
'grace' period hadn't expired) because I was in a hurry I finally ended up
using my third XP product key and this one activated without any problem.
John Barnett MVP
Windows - Shell/User
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"Bruce Chambers" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Calvin W. wrote:
>> I have used up all of my activations.
> Sorry, but that's just not possible.
> There's no limit to the number of times you can reinstall and activate
> the same Vista license on the same PC. Nor is there ever a charge. Nor
> does a Product Key (so long as it's not an evaluation license) ever
> expire. If it's been more than 120 days since you last activated that
> specific Product Key, you'll most likely be able to activate via the
> Internet without problem. If it's been less, you might have to make a 5
> minute phone call.
> Here are the facts pertaining to activation:
> Piracy Basics - Microsoft Product Activation
> Windows Product Activation (WPA)
>> Now my computers hard-drive is messed up beyond return and I have no
>> choice but to re-format.
> That's rarely the case, but there are occasions when a format and
> re-installation is the quicker process.
>> Please someone, tell me what to do to get my current activation canceled
>> and that way I can make a new one
> There is no "de-activation" process. Simply reinstall and activate by
> Bruce Chambers
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