winxp activation

  karmgord 22:21 23 Feb 2009

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 ( 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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