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This article discusses the difference between activating and registering a Microsoft product.
ActivationYou must activate your Microsoft product to confirm that each copy of the product is not installed on more than the limited number of computers that is indicated in the software end user license agreement (EULA). The activation process can be performed by using the telephone, a modem, or the Internet. None of the information that is collected during activation will be used to personally identify you.
To activate your product over the telephone, use one of the following numbers:
302806To review additional Microsoft Knowledge Base articles about this topic, visit the following Microsoft Web site and search the Knowledge Base for "product activation":
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/302806/ )Description of Microsoft Product Activation
Microsoft SupportFor more information about Microsoft product activation, visit the following Microsoft Web sites:
How to Tell
Protect Yourself from Piracy - Microsoft Product Activation
Technical Details on Microsoft Product Activation for Windows XP
Activate Office 2007
Find End User License Terms for Microsoft Software Licensed by Microsoft or the Computer Manufacturer
RegistrationYou do not have to register your Microsoft product. However, when you register your product, you can receive support, product update information, and additional benefits. When you register your product, you must submit some personal information.
To register your product and for help with product registration issues, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Activate or register programs in the Microsoft Office SystemNote Registration of a Microsoft product does not provide to us your proof of purchase for that product. You should maintain any receipts or records of your purchases of Microsoft products in case you need to obtain replacement media or product keys. For more information about obtaining replacement media or product keys, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/326246/ )How to replace Microsoft software or hardware, order service packs and product upgrades, or replace product manuals
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Article ID: 326851 - Last Review: May 31, 2012 - Revision: 16.0