The Register says WinXP WPA switch signals RTM is imminent The Register UK online news service says: ?One of the surest signs that Windows XP is close to RTM (Release to Manufacture) is that Microsoft has rejigged the Windows Product Activation (WPA) in the most recent beta build, 2542. The company is widely expected to sign off the final code within the next week, and in the run-up to this it makes sense (at least from Microsoft's point of view) to switch over from the more relaxed regime the beta testers have had to the real thing. ?Prior to 2542 testers were able to use their product key for multiple installations, which of course makes sense for beta testers but isn't what Microsoft has planned for the finished product. Business users who buy XP via one of Microsoft's volume (five copies or more) licensing programmes won't have to activate machines individually, while home users will need to, and will have their software locked to a specific machine.? For full story, go to http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/21053.html.