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The Joy of Windows

So I got my new PC up and running. I noticed this morning that the date on the clock was last year so I changed it. Big mistake. For some reason I haven't been able to verify XP via the web so I have to phone them up. You do get thirty days to do this but of course, now that the date has been put forward a year, the thirty days are up. So I can't use my new PC and I've got to use the laptop again.

I guess I could reset the date using the BIOS controls but I'll just wait until tomorrow to phone them.


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Feb. 12th, 2007 04:39 am (UTC)
See now, this is why I still use Win 98. It's really slow and clunky but doesn't give me any nasty surprises, and all the virus-writers are busy trying to find the gaing holes in XP and Vista...
Feb. 12th, 2007 10:01 am (UTC)

I was going to post a warning about this to you last entry re, your PC but assumed you had already done it.

The *really* bad news if your windows XP is an OEM copy they soemtimes won't reactivate it after a motherboard change. As a motherboard chnage is clearly a new compter unlesss authorized by the OEM. *sigh*.
Feb. 12th, 2007 10:56 am (UTC)
It's not an OEM copy, it's a student version bought when Paula was doing her MSc. And so when I called in this morning I got the activation code.

I did use 98 until relatively recently but it doesn't run everything that I want to, and was very clunky.
Feb. 12th, 2007 02:23 pm (UTC)
Oddly, my OEM copy of XP lasted me through at least 3 motherboard changes without reactivation issues. There was always a degree of continuity, but by the end of the period during which I'd used it, the only item present from the original was an old 40-gig hard-drive.

My shiny new copy of Vista, given the issues that I've heard of even with non-OEM copies, is a proper standalone retail version.
Feb. 12th, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC)
Yes, IME mostly microsoft reactivates without any complaints - but not always.

In fact there policy, is that they will reactivate motherboards which the OEM consider a replacement. Which isn't unreasonable as the OEM as to take the support burden.

I almost always deal with OEM copies, but then , I only use windows at work where we are a Microsoft partner - so we have a bigger stick to dealt with such issues.
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