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Activation

Due to the sudden death of my beloved motherboard and the following installation of a new one I was forced to activate my XP installation.

Now don’t get me wrong its an OEM version and it came with the machine. Obviosly I paid some amount of money for the licence, but if I had bought XP seperatly and paid “real money” for it I’d be - lets say - a little upset:

You need to activate this installation of Windows XP. [ ] Remind me later [ ] Activate using the internet [ ] Activate using telephone support

Well ok, if we need to activate it, let’s activate it. Gladly I bought the flatrate, lets use this internet thing.

Can not establish connection.

Of course not. It’s called VPN over WLAN. I could tell you how to establish it but please don’t go ahead and ask me, just abort. It’s easier that way. No, really.

Saving settings… Welcome to Windows. Please Login….

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Ok, breathe, count to ten, lets try telephone support.

Welcome to Microsoft if you want to activate your Windows XP installation press 1. ***one*** Please use your phone to enter the first group of 6 digits of your Product Identification Key ***beep* *boop* *beep* *beep* *beep* *boop*** Please enter the second group of 6 digits ***boop* *boop* *beep* *beep* *boop* *beep*** Please enter the third group of 6 digits _(I am beginning to see a pattern here and finally after 9 groups of 6 digits I am done)_ Please wait. Your Key could not be verified. You are now going to be connected to an operator. Please hold. _(silent curse)_ Hello Microsoft Support, please tell me the first group of 6 digits of your Product Information Key. _(Now this is somewhat different from what I have been doing like 30 seconds ago.)_ **Sure, thats 123456** Thank you, now the second group of 6 digits please. _(Again I am beginning to see a pattern, but no)_ Thank you. Did you already activate this Installation? **Uhm, well, it came like that. It was already installed. I guess someone must have activated it?** Please click on “Generate new Product Identification Key” and enter your serial number into the apropriate fields. **Well, ok. That may take a while I need to crawl under the table.** _(Now lets write down the serial number and enter it into the form)_ **Ok I am done.** Please press on “Generate new Product Identification Key” **Let me guess, you’d like to know all 9 groups of 6 digits?** Yes. _(Several silent curses and 54 digits later)_ Your Activation Key will now be read to you automatically. Thank You for using Microsoft Products. Have a nice day. _(Waaaaay to late for that)_

What follows is a computer generated voice reading your Activation Key which again is kind of a challange due to the speed it talks in and the fact that it is hard to understand.