winxp activation

  karmgord 22:21 23 Feb 2009
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What hardware does winxp use to create an activation key?
i.e hard drive,cpu, memory,MBoard
i want to know what you can and can't change before you need to reactivate

  mgmcc 22:31 23 Feb 2009

Different items have different "points values" in what you can change - if you change the motherboard you probably cannot change anything else without triggering reactivation. However, I believe that after a period of about 6 months Microsoft "forgets" about your PC's configuration and you can make further changes. Over time, I've changed the CPU, added memory, changed hard drive, changed both CD/DVD drives and not had to reactivate XP.

  kjrider 23:36 23 Feb 2009

I agree with mgmcc.

  lotvic 01:24 24 Feb 2009

Useful info (helpwithwindows.com) Hardware Changes click here
"The hardware hash is an eight byte value that is created by running 10 different pieces of information from the PC's hardware components through a one-way mathematical transformation:

1. Display Adapter
2. SCSI Adapter
3. IDE Adapter
4. Network Adapter MAC Address
5. RAM Amount Range (i.e. 0-64MB, 64-128MB, etc)
6. Processor Type
7. Processor Serial Number
8. Hard Drive Device
9. Hard Drive Volume Serial Number
10. CD-ROM / CD-RW / DVD-ROM "

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