window's license fails activation after parallels update

in Genius Bar edited January 2014
After installing the latest parallels update my windows VM says that the hardware on the computer has changed significantly changed and that i have to reactivate windows. When i tried to reactivate i'm told that my license key has been used too many times. What am i supposed to do? My copy of XP is from an old Dell box that i no longer use with windows.


  • Reply 1 of 2
    You've got a problem with Microsoft... You'll have to contact them to Reactivate/Get a new activation Key...
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    superbasssuperbass Posts: 688member
    You're probably out of luck. If it was pre-installed on the old Dell, that license is technically only good for that computer.

    If it isn't, there is a limit to how many times you can re-install, especially if you change computers... Check the license agreement. Usually if you buy software in a box (at least microsoft), you get 5 installs, with no 2 being on different computers at the same time, and all under the same name. Otherwise, you could sell you license and pass it around to other people...
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