Activate Windows

When Windows XP was released, there was a whole bunch of FUD that came with it. Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt rules our minds when it comes to computers and their operating systems. Within this new version of Windows, we were told that we’d have to “activate” the OS before the 60-day mark – to prove that we had purchased it, rather than having borrowed the install CD from a friend. For most people, this wasn’t (and still isn’t) an issue. For some, this was a big thorn (and those folks are likely still sitting on a slightly-antiquated Windows 2000). I’ve activated Windows several times over, and have never run into a problem. I did hit a snag with reinstalling Office 2003 once, but a quick phone call cleared that up – no problem.

Glen Farmer: “If Windows XP was a lifetime product I would gladly go out and buy the program. But it isn’t. Like Windows 98 it has a built-in lifecycle. And from what I have been reading here, it’s almost over. The difference is: I could reinstall Windows 98 as often as needed without jumping through hoops. And I did reinstall it – several times. From the disk I owned. My disk. My purchased product. I obviously don’t own Windows XP. I am just borrowing it for a hefty fee. And if it needs repair, I have to get a tech to reinstall it for me. And they have to jump through hoops to do that. Which I assume I pay for. I’m glad that other products don’t cripple me this way. Imagine buying a car and having a headlight fail. And having to call someone in another country for permission to replace it. Or needing some new socks but not being able to buy them until you can prove you owned the last pair.”

Loretta Rosenbach: “I have Windows XP Home. I bought a Toshiba Satellite Laptop and [am] really enjoying it. I have always had a CD that came with my computers – and when I bought this from Best Buy, it did not come with a installation disk. I called them and they told me I would have to come in there and they would reinstall (or do anything for me) at a charge. Well, I read in a PC magazine something about making a disk of my own and then lost the article. Can you help or let me know where to look for this info? I remember it saying my product key number is on the bottom of my laptop and I did find that, but do not know what to do next.” Sounds like a job for our Problem Solvers or HelpShare Gnomies!

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  • http://twitter.com/BryceGeekNZ Bryce Beattie

    Awesome, but what do we do if we want to disable developer mode?

  • http://twitter.com/BryceGeekNZ Bryce Beattie

    Awesome, but what do we do if we want to disable developer mode?

    • Angelo Carosio

      You can turn it off in Xcode, or just turn off the gestures because as far as I can tell, nothing else changes.

      • Test

        how do you turn it off on Xcode?

  • StealDragon

    This really suck! Now Apple request you to buy a freaking MAC to get new feature like “four or five-finger Multitasking Gestures”!! Sometime apple make good thing but surely doesn’t care about the customer if you are not APPLE FAN!

    • http://twitter.com/BryceGeekNZ Bryce Beattie

      no, these arent public release gestures yet, apple arent demanding anything. The gestures r in beta

  • bgkarma

    “Devices” is not at all showing showing up in the Organizer window. Am I missing something?

  • bgkarma

    “Devices” is not at all showing showing up in the Organizer window. Am I missing something?

    • Bertrand Tan

      have you figured it out yet? cos im having the same problem.

    • Jeremy Clarke

      Add another person who sees nothing in the sidebar. I’m using the free Xcode3 from a free developer connection account, so maybe that is part of the problem for you guys too? Maybe it’s because I never actually used Xcode after downloading it.

      Please reply if you figure it out, I want those gestures!

      • Jeremy Clarke

        FWIW: I gave up on the old version and bought the new version in the app store. Took a long time to download but it is SO worth $5 for these new gestures, they are AWESOME!

  • Becalynn

    Awesome idea but what about for those of us that don’t have Mac computers can you still do it?

    • Angelo Carosio

      XCode and the iOS SDK will only run on a Mac. So your solutions are to use a friends/work/school Mac to do it or run an OSX VMWare image.

  • http://allaboutereading.com/ Bakari

    Thanks for this tutorial. Really like this functionality. So much quicker to switch between apps.

  • http://bakarichavanu.net Bakari Chavanu

    Thanks for this tutorial. Really like this functionality. So much quicker to switch between apps.

  • Angelo Carosio

    XCode and the iOS SDK will only run on a Mac. So your solutions are to use a friends/work/school Mac to do it or run an OSX VMWare image.

  • Test

    how do you turn it off on Xcode?

  • http://twitter.com/BryceGeekNZ Bryce Beattie

    no, these arent public release gestures yet, apple arent demanding anything. The gestures r in beta

  • Jrj_66

    can this download be used on pc

    • http://twitter.com/dave_newton Dave Newton

      No.

  • http://twitter.com/dave_newton Dave Newton

    No.

  • Anonymous

    I am trying this with Xcode 3.2 (installed from Snow Leopard DVD) and iOS 4.3.1 on iPad 1G and Xcode just does not recognize when connecting my device. Is there anything I am doing wrong?
    I am guessing that the version of Xcode I am using does not include iOS 4.3 yet?

  • Anonymous

    I am trying this with Xcode 3.2 (installed from Snow Leopard DVD) and iOS 4.3.1 on iPad 1G and Xcode just does not recognize when connecting my device. Is there anything I am doing wrong?
    I am guessing that the version of Xcode I am using does not include iOS 4.3 yet?

  • Jeremy Clarke

    FWIW: I gave up on the old version and bought the new version in the app store. Took a long time to download but it is SO worth $5 for these new gestures, they are AWESOME!