> PC about 2 1/2 years old all of a sudden brings up an activate Windows at
> start up.
> This PC is very little used and not at present internet connected, in fact I
> was trying to get a wireless adapter working when this came up after a
> Anyway rang the number, went through the steps for changing the key to that
> printed on the COA sticker, click Update and it takes me straight back to
> the activation screen.
> Have double checked I'm using correct number, only thing I can think of is
> that I may have applied SP2 or SP3 since it was bought.
> Why is it bringing this up after so long and what can I do about it when it
> won't let me update the key?
> Using XP Home.
Maybe the copy of XP on the machine had used a different number.
Google for Magic Jelly Bean and find out what the actual number is