[ruxp] Windows Security Update: Reactivating Windows XP

  • From: "Karl Dallas" <karldallas@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <ruxp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2002 21:19:34 -0000

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HOW CAN I AVOID HAVING TO REACTIVATE MY WINDOWS XP INSTALLATION 
WHEN I REINSTALL THE OS ON MY MACHINE?
 ( contributed by John Savill, http://www.windows2000faq.com ) 

A. If you plan to reinstall XP on the same hardware, you can back up the

activation status and restore it after you reinstall the OS. To save the

activation status, back up the wpa.dbl file from the 
%systemroot%\system32 folder to a disk or other location.

After you reinstall the OS, follow these steps: 

   1. Start your XP installation in Minimal Safe mode. 
   2. Move to the \%systemroot%\system32 folder. 
   3. Rename wpa.dbl to wpa.noact. 
   4. Copy your backed up wpa.dbl file to the system32 folder. 
   5. Reboot your system as usual. 

This procedure isn't a hack to avoid activating installations and will 
work only on the same hardware for an XP installation that you've 
already activated. 

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