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#1 12 years ago

Yesterday my PC crashed and after restarting I had various problems, obviously some drivers got lost during the crash. After reinstalling some motherboard-drivers the internet-connection works again, but here is the weird part: if I connect to internet the explorer seems to crash. I can't open any new programs or even the taskmanager with ctrl alt del. But if I start some programs like firefox first and then connect to the net everything is fine.

I scanned for virus and malware but didn't find anything.

I also tried to re-install XP, but here's the next problem. It won't accept my CD-key. I got that key from my university and I didn't use it for any other PCs. Why doesn't it work all of a sudden?




marvinmatthew

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#2 12 years ago

MrFancypantsYesterday my PC crashed and after restarting I had various problems, obviously some drivers got lost during the crash. After reinstalling some motherboard-drivers the internet-connection works again, but here is the weird part: if I connect to internet the explorer seems to crash. I can't open any new programs or even the taskmanager with ctrl alt del. But if I start some programs like firefox first and then connect to the net everything is fine.

I scanned for virus and malware but didn't find anything.

I also tried to re-install XP, but here's the next problem. It won't accept my CD-key. I got that key from my university and I didn't use it for any other PCs. Why doesn't it work all of a sudden?

It wouldn't surprise me if your university might have used the CD key more than once. But since you're the Windows CD holder, you are the righful owner to that CD key. Give microsoft a call, and have them revaladate that key.




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#3 12 years ago

Well, is the XP copy an OEM? (Original Equipment Manufacturer, which in this case means you may only use the CD Key once).

Second solution, try installing the latest Internet Explorer? But I doubt this will fix much.




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#4 12 years ago
marvinmatthewIt wouldn't surprise me if your university might have used the CD key more than once. But since you're the Windows CD holder, you are the righful owner to that CD key. Give microsoft a call, and have them revaladate that key.

The CD-key was already invalid during installation, so there is no way MS could have compared it to other keys. I got the key and windows-version from a page of my university. Maybe when I copied the windows-version on CD something happened that made the CD-key invalid?




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#5 12 years ago

Marv, the person who holds the CD is not neccesarily the owner. The person/organisation who bought the licence to use the software is the one that owns it - the CD is just a physical copy of the files needed to use the licence.

OEM keys can be used more than once, the one use rule is that you can only use it on one SYSTEM. And they're pretty tight on what they consider a system, anything with a different motherboard is considered a different system and technically you have to buy a new licence - even if you've upgraded your PC's mobo/CPU, kept everything else and binned the old mobo. Having said that, if you activate an OEM too many times it will lock you out until you phone MS. But that's true of everything with the activation system (ie all versions of XP and 2003 except VLM versions), as far as I'm aware.




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#6 12 years ago

Bs|Archaon

OEM keys can be used more than once

yep, I am proof of that.

The one use rule is that you can only use it on one SYSTEM. And they're pretty tight on what they consider a system, anything with a different motherboard is considered a different system and technically you have to buy a new licence - even if you've upgraded your PC's mobo/CPU, kept everything else and binned the old mobo. Having said that, if you activate an OEM too many times it will lock you out until you phone MS. But that's true of everything with the activation system (ie all versions of XP and 2003 except VLM versions), as far as I'm aware.

and they wonder why people pirate software from them idiots :rolleyes: Is vista going to have the same assinine rules?




Bs|Archaon

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#7 12 years ago

Well last I heard there would be a version of Vista without activation, but the name given to it was 'Ultimate' (as it included everything that all the other versions included)...and no doubt that also indicates the price.

Whether they'll follow the rumoured structure or not, I have no idea. But I'd probably be willing to pay, I've been through an upgrade of XP Home and an XP Pro OEM as it is. Can't be bothered to phone them, as I wanted to get a full version of XP Pro to replace the upgrade anyway, and we also have more than one licence. Ironically, it's their own activation system that's resulted in me breaking the licence agreement and using the same version of Windows on more than one PC - because they locked the other one out. Well done, Bill...




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#8 12 years ago

Vista doesn't even need a cd key at installation, you have the option to enter it in later... I never came across any activation process with Vista.




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#9 12 years ago

That's because it's a free-to-download RC version that expires next February. What's the point in putting a key or activation on it?




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#10 12 years ago

There was a key, but it wasn't compulsary to insert at installation, I would assume it would be required at activation period.