We tried to rebuild it but it would not activate, it kept failing. For example, save it as License. Previous installation was done over win 98 and I never had a problem. It is very important that the procedure is followed to the smallest detail. What I did was to set that registry key see my post to read-only, that way I denied Windows to lock me again.
If you miss something a tiny step the result may be another. I can't get windows 7 or 8 as the programs I want to run won't work and I don't even know if windows 7 or 8 would work well on my mac. How can I activate this product? As to why the correct date and time seem to be required for activation, I have no idea. This issue just appeared one day, I have not changed anything of note in the last year or so, but this just cropped up one day. Anyway it was long time ago so I don't remember all those small details. So, maybe Technet might still have it, but seems your incorrect on that as well. As soon as you plug in your network connection it 'activates' or else you wouldn't be receiving updates, it would block you after 30 days.
I get bothered by Microsoft and their on going protection of this old software. Have you tried calling the activation team after it errors? Throughout this grace period, the user will be periodically reminded to activate the program, with warnings becoming more frequent over time. I've virtualized a running instance, because hardware failure is at some point inevitable. Their phone system does not saying about it and it ask you to specify the product; It does say that support has ended but you can still activate with existing keys. I'm pretty sure you can still activate it, but they might have taken the servers offline.
So I'm trapped into this circle! This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness. Support ended, I would assume that mean any request for support at any level would be rejected. I deleted everything and I was left with a line of 0000. Thats why you trial on error. So, I spent the last 3 days trying to fix this problem and nothing worked. Activation could have failed because you used media and key that didn't match i.
Anyway, try again the trick and check if you are able to unlock it one more time. I followed your tutorial, and it seems to have worked with one minor glitch. Doing this would be piracy to Microsoft because you did not activate Windows. I have used Dell branded media to in-place repair Allen-Bradley branded installs. Do you really want to be on hold a hour and a half to get a answer why Office365 isn't saving a document? Login using an administrator user account. What I had, worked just fine for many years.
Note that you'll need to click the + sign to the left of the folder to expand it--don't click the folder itself. What do I do now? Consequently, two of them had the correct date and time, and two didn't. As long as you are withing that period, if you block your registry that key then Windows cannot write to it anymore. As others here have said, it only prevents the activation prompt at start-up without actually activating Windows. Somewhat to my surprise and definitely to my satisfaction, it works so far, in reporting that it is activated.
The system is never used for browsing or such, so Internet security is not an issue. While imputing the new value, it started generated numbers that I could not delete. Now all I have to deal with is a couple of days work reinstalling applications, recovering backups, and retuning the system. No, I'm not a software theft, I cross my heart and hope to die! Activation could have failed because you used media and key that didn't match i. I mean, I think it would be worth a shot to see what is said,. Hacking is sometimes a mouse-cat game.
If this hack ever worked which I doubt , it must have been patched in Service Pack 1. The group concluded by stating that users of genuine Microsoft products ultimately receive superior performance while counterfeit users are susceptible to security issues and lost productivity. I don't even have the network cable plugged in while installing. Fully Licensed GmbH, a developer of digital rights management technology, while criticizing Microsoft for being vague about the nature of information sent from a given computer during activation, nevertheless concluded that activation is not particularly intrusive and does not significantly violate privacy. Wait for the 30 days to be over and see if it works? I'll see what happens in 28 days to seal the deal. I have licenses on every copy on all my machines, including two new ones, After spending over and over, it's painful losing valuable time fixing these issues.
Have you tried calling the activation team after it errors? To contact Microsoft Support: What can we help you with? Chris Microsoft Might be able to get you an answer. As soon as you plug in your network connection it 'activates' or else you wouldn't be receiving updates, it would block you after 30 days. Captain Frostbyte wrote: Chris Microsoft Might be able to get you an answer. Select Safe Mode with Networking. I have tried calling the phone number as indicated, but the voice recognition program fails to recognize the registration code. Thank you for the information. Out of curiosity, I thought I'd test the hack more thoroughly.