Quote: Originally Posted by richc46
You can actually install windows without giving the key number. You are allowed a certain number of days to give the number or you will lose use of Windows. In addition you can do it so many times (rearm). It probably does not apply to you any longer but you can do it once more.
Thank you for the reply. This is a one wek old computer. Bought brand new on May 21st, this year.
But one day while I was doing system restore, for no reason but to see what would happen, the computer never got out of the system restore.
I tried to power it off and restart,but it would not restart. Received an error message : Boot critical file D:\windows\system32\hal.dll is corrupt.
So I did a FACTORY SETTINGS routine.
Does that count as " install windows without giving the key number " ?
So far I have not been asked for the key number.