- Microsoft product activation telephone numbers are not listed in this article. There are many regional Microsoft Product Activation Centers worldwide. Use the Product Activation Wizard to make sure that you are routed to the correct regional Product Activation Center.
- You can activate online or call the Product Activation line and use the automated menu. However, assisted support is no longer available for activating Windows XP or Windows Vista.
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How product activation worksProduct activation is a simple, straightforward process that is completely software based. It requires no hardware add-ons or any other external tool. In most cases, the only information that is needed to activate a product is an installation ID, which is created by the software itself. The information that is collected during activation will not be used to personally identify the user.
If you activate your product over the Internet, product activation takes less than a minute. When you activate your product in this way, the product itself will do most of the work. Very little user effort is required. If you would rather activate your product over the telephone, you can do this by contacting the regional Microsoft Product Activation Center.
When to activate a Microsoft productSoftware that is bought in stores or as part of a new computer that is sold by an OEM must be activated. As mentioned earlier, product activation is easy, and many users only have to activate a product one time during the life of the product. However, some products may have to be activated again if the product is moved to another computer or if significant changes are made to the computer on which the product is installed.
How to activate a Microsoft productTo activate a Microsoft product, select either the Internet option or the telephone option in the Product Activation Wizard.
- With Internet-based activation, Microsoft servers process the activation and activate the product.
- With telephone-based activation, you activate your product by contacting a Microsoft Product Activation Center and following the steps that are provided by an automated telephone system.