How to activate Windows XP

If Windows is installed using the automatic option, it will be activated as part of the installation process with no user interaction necessary.

Activation Methods

You can activate your copy of Windows XP by using any of the following methods:

  • Activate Windows XP by using the Internet

    If you use this method, the Windows Product Activation wizard establishes a connection to the activation server, sends your installation ID, and then processes the activation request.
  • Activate Windows XP by using your modem

    If you have a modem but you do not have an Internet connection, the wizard detects your modem and establishes a connection to the activation server through your phone line.
  • Activate Windows XP by phone

    If you do not have a modem or an Internet connection, you can activate Windows XP by calling a Microsoft customer service representative. The Activation Wizard displays the toll free number that you can dial.

The following sections in this article describe how to use each of these methods.

How to Activate Windows XP by Using the Internet

To activate Windows XP by using an Internet connection:

  1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Activate Windows.

    -or-

    Click the Windows Activation icon in the status area of the taskbar.
  2. Click Yes, let's activate Windows over the Internet now.
  3. Click Read the Windows Product Activation Privacy Statement, click Back, and then click Next.
  4. Use one of the following procedures:

    • If you want to register and activate Windows at the same time, click Yes, I want to register and activate Windows at the same time, click Read the Windows Registration Privacy Statement, click Back, and then click Next.

      Type your contact information in the appropriate boxes in the registration form, and then click Next. An asterisk (*) is displayed next to required information.

      -or-
    • If you only want to activate Windows, click No, I don't want to register now; let's just activate Windows, and then click Next.

    The wizard establishes a connection with an activation server, and processes the activation request.

  5. When activation is complete and the following message is displayed, click OK:

    You have successfully activated your copy of Windows.

How to Activate Windows XP by Using a Modem

To activate Windows XP by using your modem, follow the steps in this section.

Note that the following steps are the same steps that are used to activate Windows over the Internet; if you have an Internet connection and you want to activate over a modem, disconnect your Internet connection before you use this procedure.

  1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Activate Windows.

    -or-

    Click the Windows Activation icon in the status area of the taskbar.
  2. Click Yes, let's activate Windows over the Internet now.
  3. Click Read the Windows Product Activation Privacy Statement, click Back, and then click Next.
  4. Use one of the following procedures:

    • If you want to register and activate Windows at the same time, click Yes, I want to register and activate Windows at the same time, click Read the Windows Registration Privacy Statement, click Back, and then click Next.

      Type your contact information in the appropriate boxes in the registration form, and then click Next. An asterisk (*) is displayed next to required information.

      -or-
    • If you only want to activate Windows, click No, I don't want to register now; let's just activate Windows, and then click Next.

    The wizard establishes a connection with an activation server, and processes the activation request.

  5. When activation is complete and the following message is displayed, click OK:

    You have successfully activated your copy of Windows.

How to Activate Windows XP by Phone

To contact a Microsoft customer service representative and activate Windows by phone:

  1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Activate Windows.

    -or-

    Click the Windows Activation icon in the status area of the taskbar.
  2. Click Yes, I want to telephone a customer service representative to active Windows now.
  3. Click Read the Windows Product Activation Privacy Statement, click Back, and then click Next.
  4. Follow the steps that are displayed in the Activate Windows by phone dialog box, and then click Next.Please note: the number will be displayed at this point and will differ based on the location you select.
  5. When activation is complete and you receive the following message, click OK.

    You have successfully activated your copy of Windows.

 

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