Activation – Troubleshooting
Blank Activate Windows in the WPA Wizard..
Service Pack 1 changes to product Activation
Windows XP prompts you to Re-Activate after you restore your computer.
Windows XP will typically remind you to activate the Product (Most users will have 30 days to re-activate the product)
To Activate XP manually, you can use start menu shortcut in the system tools accessories folder.
At the Command Prompt, type: oobe/msoobe /a
Start>All Program>Accessories>System Tools>Activate Windows..
TIP: msoobe stands for Microsoft Out of box Experience
TIP: Windows Product Activation
If you are doing a repair reinstall of the XP on the same Hardware, you can back up the activation status and then restore it after you run the repair install of the OS. To save the activation status, back up the WPA.DBL file from the %windir%\system32\ to a storage device.
After the repair install of the OS is complete, start in Minimal Safe mode.
Open the %windir%\system32 folder. Rename WPA.DBL to WPA.NOACT. Copy the backed up WPA.DBL to the system32 folder. Reboot the system.
(This isn’t a hack to avoid activating installation and will work only on the same hardware for an XP installation that you have already activated.)
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