ABS tech support said this:
"There is a code needed to load into the BIOS so that it
wont do the activation. If you can provide us with your
customer or invoice
number to see what, we can send you the program to load
back the code. It should fix the problem."
>After 18 days with my ABS Media Center PC, I activated
>last night. Went without a hitch -- got a message saying
>the system was activated. But the after a re-start today
>I got a front-and-center message saying I needed to
>activate. Hmm. Okay.
>So I activated again, ang got another message saying it
>was all fine. Go to log in again -- and get a message
>saying I need to activate. I try to activate and get a
>message saying Windows is already activated. It's an
>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 Microsoft --
>and he tells me I'll have to pay for the call!
>Because Microsoft can't do what they're supposed to do
>issue me a proper code, my pefectly functional computer
>suddenly a brick. And apparently there's no human at
>Microsoft who'll talk to me about it unless I pay them a
>That doesn't give me a warm feeling. And it makes me
>angrier when I come on here and see (in a thread from a
>couple weeks ago about Alienware and *power sytsms)
>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 pictures
>and hours of television that I've added and organized --
>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 to be
>confrontational, but this is a nightmare. Thanks in
>advance for any help.