XP Activate

  JimT 17:50 11 Mar 2005

If I buy an additional HD and install (ie reinstall) XP on it, what's the situation regarding Activation?

I would use the existing HD as secondary.


  mattyc_92 17:52 11 Mar 2005

Just install Windows onto the new drive or clone the current drive to the second.... If you make 3 changes, then you would have to contact MS to re-activate.... This would count as one hardware change, so there wont be any problem...

  Chegs ® 18:36 11 Mar 2005

I have found that I could reactivate XP upto 12 times in 30 days before it requested I contact M$ technicians.If I was you,I would clean install XP onto the new hdd,rather than copy the contents across.

  JimT 19:45 12 Mar 2005

Thanks very much for the info

  Fingees 19:52 12 Mar 2005

If it's more than six months since your last activation, you can activate on line with no problem, whatever changes you have made.
activation records are only kept for six months.


  byfordr 11:09 13 Mar 2005

Just installed a new hard drive yesterday, apart from putting the product key in when installing I wasn't asked for anything further.


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