Originally Posted by Holyjunk
haha, THANKS A LOT!
Tell me though, haha, give me an example of the conservation taking place.
Ok, your gonna do what I said above, open the activation window, and then pick the country you live in, and it will give you a number. At the bottom of the activation windows there is going to be a 35 digit or so number string, with each 5 or so digits being seperated by a dash. Your going to call the number, and its going to be a recorded message, you will be prompted to say the program you are attempting to register. Say Windows XP. Next you will be prompted to read the 35 digit number line, do so. After that you will be connected to a live person that will ask you afew questions. They are on the lines of "How many times have you installed this operating system", "What type of computer did it come with (for registered OEMs)" and, " Is this operating system currently installed on any other computers", you will say "This will be my first time re-installing", "A compaq", and "This is the only computer". After that she will look up the activation key and tell you what it is. You will enter it into the text boxes, press next, and your windows will be activated. Nothing hard.
EDIT: The reason your windows did not install was because it has only already been installed once, you can only install windows once before you have to go through the live registration, at least in my experience.