I have a computer with (presumably unlicensed) Windows XP.
The activation (over the internet) failed, and I now I cannot get into Windows.
After calling Microsoft, it seems like I will have to reinstall everything and install a freshly bought operating system.
What are my options here? Is it worth trying the millions of keys and key generators out there?
EDIT: I have no way of contacting the manufacturer (it's a no-name box, definitely not Dell, HP or IBM). Would there actually be a key supplied with my version of XP? If its not genuine, wouldnt I just have any old key? And that key would fail activation any way?