I'm a *power owner and have had the activation
problem in spades. With the OEM's help, I was able to get
my machine running (after three weeks of it being a brick
on the floor). However, I now have about 21 days left
before having to activate windows (strange because I
thought I successfully activated it when I refornated and
reinstalled MCE). Hopefully something will be fixed
before I have to activate and re-enter the
Anyway, I spoke to a Microsoft Activation support person
and the told me that development knows of this problem
(at least with *power and Alienware - I think) and
that he would get back to me by the end of the week with
status. He explained that the problem has something to do
with the way the OEM builds the OS (apparently the OEM
can customize the OS to some degree).
The *power tech support guys were very helpful in
getting my machine restarted.
I appreciate that this is a new OS and will run its
course of bugs. The MCE interface is great so its more
than frustrating when you pay for something and can't
have it because of an activation issue.
>I understand your pain - the idea of activation is OK in
my mind, but
>the implementation is sometimes totally broken, as can
be seen by the
>above problem :(
>I would be equally angry if told I had to completely
>machine and lose all the hours I'd put into setting it
>I do think the activation has removed *casual* piracy
>most of my mates would lend each other copies of the
latest version of
>Windows to install on each other's machines, this has
>completely, especially since the "SP1 won't install with
>key" fix. Most of my mates have gone and bought their
own copies of
>They definitely haven't touched the * pirate
>The 12 year old kids on IRC have more time than money
and are willing
>to put in the effort required to run
>activation-free/activation-cracked software and to
reformat on a
>> Chaz <
>On Tue, 28 Jan 2003 03:32:41 -0500, "Patrick Cole"
>>Dude, I totally feel your pain. This activation shit is
dumb. I know M$
>>loses lots of money through pirating software and this
>>supposed to stop it. However, it hasnt stopped it all.
Check out a newsgroup
Quote:>>once in a while. Theres tons of Win XP and even media
Center PC images to
>>download. The only people that suffer from activation
is us the consumers
>>who buy the software. Hell, theres even a coporate copy
of WinXP that DOESNT
Quote:>>have to be activated. Did it stop the pirate? No! Did
it hurt the consumer
>>with activation? Yes!
>>So to go on a rant on your thread but its shit like
this that pisses me off.
>>Paying customers like you and like myself shouldnt have
to deal with
>>bullshit like that especially when we pay $1600+ for a
damn system to get
>>locked out of.
>>Im off my soapbox now.
>>> After 18 days with my ABS Media Center PC, I activated
>>> last night. Went without a hitch -- got a message
>>> the system was activated. But the after a re-start
>>> I got a front-and-center message saying I needed to
>>> activate. Hmm. Okay.
>>> So I activated again, ang got another message saying
>>> was all fine. Go to log in again -- and get a message
>>> saying I need to activate. I try to activate and get
>>> message saying Windows is already activated. It's an
>>> endless cycle.
>>> So I call ABS. And the guy tells me, "Sorry, but the
>>> solution is to re-format your hard drive." I tell him
>>> that's insane. I ask to talk to someone at
>>> and he tells me I'll have to pay for the call!
>>> Because Microsoft can't do what they're supposed to
>>> issue me a proper code, my pefectly functional
>>> suddenly a brick. And apparently there's no human at
>>> Microsoft who'll talk to me about it unless I pay
>>> That doesn't give me a warm feeling. And it makes me
>>> angrier when I come on here and see (in a thread from
>>> couple weeks ago about Alienware and *power
>>> that a similar thing has happened to other people.
>>> I am in utter disbelief that I'm locked out of my
>>> computer -- and have to erase all the music and
>>> and hours of television that I've added and
>>> because Microsoft can't properly manage their "hassle-
>>> free" activation process after a year of practice.
>>> And the real pity of all this is that I've been blown
>>> by Media Center -- I've absolutely loved it. If you'd
>>> talked ot me yesterday, I'd have given you a page-long
>>> testimonial about how great it is.
>>> Has anyone else experienced this? Is there another
>>> solution? How do the Microsoft people out there
>>> I'm usually a Microsoft supporter, and I don't want
>>> confrontational, but this is a nightmare. Thanks in
>>> advance for any help.