Win XP activation on IBM ThinkPad

Discussion in 'Windows Legacy Support (XP and earlier)' started by Larry R., Jul 31, 2017.

  1. Larry R.

    Larry R.

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    It's been a long time since I needed help here, BUT...

    I (had!) to replace the HD on an IBM ThinkPad (T22). Since the BiOS and documentation said this m0del would only support up to a 30 GB HD, I elected to replace the original 20 GB drive with a 30 GB drive. From the original, official IBM recovery disks (CD's,) I was able to restore the computer, BUT, I got the "activation required" message." When I tried to activate on-line, I was told I could only activate by phone. After several attempts by phone, I always got the final message (after entering the nine sets of six characters each generated by the installation) that the numbers are NOT recognized as valid Microshaft code, and an offer to purchase a valid license.
    What gives? The IBM recovery disks specify that they will restore the machine to "factory default."
     
  2. quartet-man

    quartet-man Saved by grace

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    I wonder if it is because XP is no longer supported, but I thought I was still able to activate Office 2003 and maybe XP. There should be an option to talk to a human being. That is what you need to do.
     
  3. edfair

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    Did you try to activate with the keycode on the MS label? Can't recall any issues with the couple of TPs I reloaded. I haven't had any issues with the Dell stuff I've been reloading on laptops.
     
  4. Larry R.

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    I don't think the "no longer supported" is the problem. I was able to use recover disks on a Compaq (with new hard drive) just last week, XP and no activation required.. After going through the whole process, I just get the "robo" talking head saying the program generated code is not recognized as a valid Microsoft product. Just the request for activation from an original IBM recovery disk seems odd.
     
  5. glc

    glc Forum Administrator Staff Member

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    Try (888) 352 7140.
     
  6. tmathews

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    Are you sure you have the correct set of disks for the T22? They should have the Volume License Key for that product on that model, and it should activate without having to type in the key from the sticker or going online. If that's not working, my first guess would be you have the wrong disks. If for some reason that doesn't work you should be able to activate by phone using the key on the sticker: are you sure you're reading it correctly? It's easy to think a '0' is an "O" or an 'E' may end up looking like an 'F' if the sticker isn't in perfect condition.
     
  7. glc

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    The phone number I posted is *supposed* to get you a human being. Explain the situation.
     
  8. Larry R.

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    Thanks. I'll give it a try in the morning.