Activating Win XP

  pj123 12:47 03 Sep 2007

How many time do we need to activate Win XP?

I have been running XP/SP2 for at least 2 years now with no problems.

Today I booted my PC and up came a dialogue box telling me that I need to Activate my copy of XP otherwise I can't use it. Options: yes/no.

At first I selected No as I had already activated this copy. That didn't work so next time I booted I selected Yes and the activation was completed almost instantly.

But why did I get this dialogue box in the first place?

  Seth Haniel 12:57 03 Sep 2007

find the status:-
Start\Programs\accessories\system tools\system information

on first tag 'system summary' 4th item down is 'Activaion Status' on my work PC it still asays 'Activation Pending (30 days remaining)
have a look

  pj123 13:31 03 Sep 2007

Seth Haniel, got nothing like that at all on my computer.

4th item down on mine is "Internet Settings"

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:46 03 Sep 2007

Activation file corrupt.

Now you have reactivated copy the file and save as a backup, look for wpa.dbl

  Seth Haniel 13:57 03 Sep 2007

Not that 4th Item ;) just select 'system Summary' it takes a while to load in the info and in the panee on the right you have
OS Name
OS Manufacturer
Activation status (4th in this list)

  pj123 15:55 03 Sep 2007

Seth Haniel, no go there either.

All I have is:
OS Name
OS Manufacturer
System Name
System Manufacturer
System Model
System Type
Processor etc...

Nothing about Activation status.

But as Fruit Bat /\0/\ has pointed out. Now that it has been reactivated I have backed it up. I also keep a cloned copy of my C: drive on another hard drive which is stored outside of the computer.

Thanks all and will now tick as resolved.

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