Im planning on upgrading my memory with another 256MB and installing a line in video card so I can edit my video camera stuff on my pc. After installing all this will I be required to reactivate XP home???
Sorry after just a stick of RAM and a Video Card PROBABLY not.
However if there was any more in future then chances are you'll have to ring MS. Explain whats happened and according to people here they'll give you a new code. You might not even have to ring them at all!!
To reactivate XP you do not need your CD installed.
The easiest way is over the internet.
I would have a piece of paper and a pen handy when you check for activation because it will either do it automatically, usual, or it will do one of two things - 1, give you a 50 digit code you need to write down (hence the pen and paper) and then follow the instructions where it will give you a new activation code; or 2, it will ask you to phone MS.
You usually get away with 1 if it does not automatically reactivate.
As usual it is simpler to do than tell. Just take you time.
Sorry, missed this - I would advise you not to reactivate straight away.
Make sure that you have everything up and running first. Leave it for a few days. I know the little reminder is a nuisance, but it does save some hassle.
I had a major problem and reformatted several times, each time I reactivated XP. Trouble was that after about six goes it kicked my reactivation into touch - hence my knowing about the 50 digit code (I also did not know that I would need to have a pen and paper handy).