Allen, First, you can create an image by using Symantec Ghost or something similar. As long as you do not install onto a different system this will work and you will not have to re-activate. Or, you can copy the activation file and restore it to the system32 folder after you re-install. When you run all the way through the WPA wizard, a WPA.DBL file is created in your "System32" directory. Copy this file to another folder for safe keeping. Now, whenever you reinstall Windows XP on the same machine, you should be able to avoid the WPA process by copying WPA.DBL back to the "System32" directory. While I haven't run through this process myself, it should work as long as you haven't changed the machine drastically since the WPA.DBL was created. Just make sure you're using the "latest" copy of that file, otherwise you may find yourself on the phone with Microsoft. Who, according to them, will give you the benefit of the doubt every time. Spider -----Original Message----- From: 24hoursupport-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:24hoursupport-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Allen Hall Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2003 12:55 PM To: 24hoursupport@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [24hoursupport] Hard drive crash It hasn't happened yet but what if there is a hard drive crash on a computer with Windows XP. As I understand it, the system can't be copied for a backup and it takes prayer and pleadings to get Microsoft to replace it. For a web-based membership management utility and information on list policies, please see http://nibec.com/24hoursupport/ To unsubscribe, send a blank email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with "unsubscribe" (without quotes) in the subject.