XP Activation

  Quickbeam 09:28 25 Sep 2008

I'm going to fit a bigger hard drive which will require a fresh XP install. The system components will be the same ones, apart from the new drive.

Will the current saved wpa.bak & wpa.dbl files be acceptable to the XP activation still?

  johndrew 09:49 25 Sep 2008

Depends on which parts of the PC the activation registers against and how many changes have been made since activation.

I suggest you download XPinfo click here which will tell you much more.

  Quickbeam 10:07 25 Sep 2008

It is OEM, and had several changes along the way. Each time I've had to explain what and why I've changed a component. The only original bit left is the floppy drive, and that's redundant!

Maybe I'll bite the bullet and buy a retail Vista...

  Quickbeam 08:47 26 Sep 2008

6.6mb seems a big download just to run a check on a system. Wasn't there something around when Vista came out that only needed an online connection to check it, without having to install anything?

  Graham. 08:58 26 Sep 2008
  Graham. 00:04 27 Sep 2008

And that was my best click here for ages.

  Fried~Chips 00:23 27 Sep 2008

under Microsoft eula it not allowed. If you have the original CD then go for activation, if it refuses which is unlikely then call the freephone number which will eventually show onscreen when a new key is required, just tell them you had to clean install onto a new HDD. If your honest with microsoft they will assist no problems.

  laurie53 06:59 27 Sep 2008

It also depends on if you've done it before, and how many times.

My first few re-activations were automatic, but for the last two I've had to use the phone.

It's\no problem and just takes a minute or so.

  Graham. 22:34 27 Sep 2008

for my click here, or not?

  Quickbeam 08:39 28 Sep 2008

I just left the 80gb drive as is, and fitted the new 500gb as a second drive. Then when I renew I can just move that into the next box. It was easier.

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