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Activating the Windows operating system

If a system is restored to its factory default state or otherwise has the Windows operating system re-applied, you might need to activate the operating system. This procedure provides instructions for doing this while the machine is connected to the Internet. The Activation wizard provides other options, which you can also choose if desired.

To active the Windows operating system, do the following:

  1. Make sure the machine is connected to the Internet.
  2. From the Windows desktop, in the system tray double-click on the key symbol icon. The Activate window opens.
  3. Select Yes, let's activate Windows over the Internet now and click Next.
  4. When prompted, “If you want to register with Microsoft right now.”, select No.
  5. Wait for the connection. If the system times out, you are prompted for entering information in the Internet Protocol Connection dialog. Enter the proxy address and port number as appropriate for your facility’s connections.
  6. Ensure that “You have successfully activated your copy of Windows” message appears in Activate Windows.
  7. Click OK to close the Activate Windows.

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