Are cookies enabled in your browser? Are you typing in each character of the activation code, or are you trying to copy-and-paste? A very common problem is copying an extra space character before the actual number string. If that is the case, it will not be recognized as a valid activation code.
cookies enabled....It wont let you copy and paste, soI type each character. it doesn't tell me it is an invalid code, it takes it. when I try to load the program, I get that same screen asking for the code again.
What you're experiencing is a little technical hiccup with the old SCS copy-protection/validation system still used in that generation of the software. To resolve this issue, please do the following:
Close the program if it is running.
WARNING: The next step will require you to make changes in the Windows Registry. The Registry is a very sensitive area to work in. If you are not comfortable with advanced configuration and system changes, ask an administrator to help you with this. (Related Topics: How to back up and restore the registry in Windows: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/en-us)
Next, open the Registry Editor. To do this on Windows, press the Windows key and R together on your keyboard. In the window that appears, type REGEDIT and press Enter. If prompted, allow the program to make changes to your computer.
In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following location: