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    Activation and date change

    I recently installed Windows XP. When it installed, it allowed me to set the current time and date, which I did. Two reboots later, it had reset the time and date to midnight, January 1, 2000. Without thinking, I changed the time and date to make it correct. When I did so, Windows informed me that my evaluation period had expired and that I had to activate the software. I closed out of the activation box and Windows did not object to me continuing to operate the computer until I rebooted. Once I rebooted, it required me to activate the product (which I had to do by phone because my modem was not yet installed). Has this happened to anyone else? Incidentally, my time and date have been correct since then.

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    Re: Activation and date change

    it seems to be a fairly common problem but on one is really sure why. the best best right now is certain bios's do it.

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    Re: Activation and date change

    I thought this Registration/Activation Code was absolutely bullet proof and bug free! That is going to be a nice thing to have happen when you are traveling with a laptop.
    Legare Coleman

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    Re: Activation and date change

    <sigh> if you would take the time to learn about it you would know it's only an issue with unactivated versions.

    i was on a business trip recently and had no problems with xp when i changed my time zones - i did have an awful time with outlook appt and next time will just use a secondary time zone in outlook and leave the system time alone. The hassle was not worth it.

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    Re: Activation and date change

    So, only install XP if it is already activated?
    Legare Coleman

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    Re: Activation and date change

    The best answer for Legare is this Chinese proverb.

    Only he that has traveled the road knows where the holes are deep.

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    Re: Activation and date change

    You don't have to travel a rode to know that it has holes.
    Legare Coleman

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    Re: Activation and date change

    ...but it may not have deep ones.

    What do I have do to make an exact copy of my present 20Gb partitioned disk on to a 60Gb upgrade? If I try from within Windows, ordinary copy balks at several files (ntuser for instance) which I'm sure I need.

    Rgds

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    Re: Activation and date change

    If Microsoft suspects you are a thief and using pirated software until you proof opposite, the only logical solution

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    Re: Activation and date change

    Norton Ghost, version 6 handles all disk formats (PC) before XP (NTFS 5). If NTFS 5 is on the disk, you'll need the latest, whatever version number that is.

    Executed from a floppy, it allows you to copy all partitions onto a new disk, and increase each partition size as you require.

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    Re: Activation and date change

    slight correction - Win2k NTFS is v5, WinXP is v5.1. The newest Ghost (or other disk utilities) are needed if you reformatted with XPs NTFS.

    BTW - it's actually NTFS 3 and 3.1 - but usually referred to by Windows version numbers instead.

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    Re: Activation and date change

    had exactly the same problem. i changed the date in the activation period, because i use a software, which checks by installaton-date, if you can install the service pack--or not. when i restarted xp i was locked out. this of course happened on weekend. online activation did not work and the posted phone number--and some other numbers, i tried--did not work. so i decided to reinstall xp from the scratch:-(((

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