Activating Windows

  plok 16:06 01 Mar 2009
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I want to re-install Windows XP but I believe that you can activate Windows XP only a certain number of times. Is this so and, if so, how many times can you do it?

  Graphicool1 16:19 01 Mar 2009

That isn't quite right. When you first activate Windows it generates a number, which corresponds to the hardware on your system. Next time and each time there after that you activate Windows. It generates a number again that corresponds to your OS. If number received by Microsoft matches preceeding ones, *within reason*. Then Windows is activated no problem.

By *within reason* I mean they allow for some update changes, over time. It's their way of protecting themselves against would be pirates. Using the same disc on multiple machines.

  Sea Urchin 16:22 01 Mar 2009

Generally unlimited if it's on the same PC

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  plok 16:27 01 Mar 2009

Thanks a lot for your help

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