Windows XP Activation Code Process

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Windows XP Activation Code is Microsoft's way of protecting their intellectual property rights as well as reducing software piracy.

Windows XP Retail products contain Windows XP product activation technology to activate your copy of Windows XP in order to use it.

Some new PC's purchased with Windows XP pre-installed will also require Windows XP product activation.

If your organizaton licenses Windows XP, you will not be required to activate Windows XP.

Windows XP Activation Code Overview

Windows XP Product Activation works by verifying that a program's Windows XP product keys has not been used on more personal computers than intended by the software license.

You must use the Windows XP product keys to install the software and then it is transformed into an Windows XP installation ID number.

By means of an Windows XP product activation wizard, you can provide the Windows XP installation ID through a secure transfer over the internet or by telephone.

A confirmation ID is sent back to your computer to perform the Windows XP product activation.

The confirmation ID is an unlocking code for the Windows XP installation on that particular PC.

If you reinstalled your software by reformatting your hard drive or by replacing a substantial number of harware components, you will have to do a Windows XP product activation again.

Windows XP Product Activation

If you don't do a Windows XP product activation right away, you will be reminded each time you log in until the Windows XP product activation grace period of 30 days.

If you don't do a Windows XP product activation within this time period, you will need to do so to continue using it.

This process normally takes just a few seconds to complete it.

No personally identifiable information is required to do a Windows XP product activation.

Reinstall Windows XP Without Windows XP product activation

If you reinstalled your Windows XP on the same computer with the same hardware components, you can follow this process to bypass having to reactivate with Microsoft.

Save Files "wpa.dbl" and/or "wpa.bak"

Screen - My Computer Icon


Select Start > My Computer

Screen - wpa.dbl


Select Drive C: > Windows > System32 > wpa.dbl

Copy wpa.dbl to a floppy disk, or burn it into a CD or DVD.

After you reinstall Windows XP on your reformatted hard drive, select No when asked to go through the Windows XP product activation process.

Reboot your computer into Safemode by pressing F8 to see the Windows Advanced Options menu and selecting Safemode.

Find the wpa.dbl and/or wpa.bak files at c:windowssystem32 and rename them to and/or

Copy your original wpa.dbl and/or wpa.bak files from your floppy disk, CD, or DVD to c:windowssystem32.

Restart your computer normally without pressing F8.

Your Windows XP operating system is reinstalled without having to go through the normal Windows XP Activation Code process.


So you learned about how the Windows XP Activation Code process works and how you can bypass the normal Windows XP product activation process.

Remember this bypass Windows XP product activation process only works if you are reinstalling on the same computer with the same hardware.

If significant hardware changes were made, you may have to call Microsoft to get the confirmation ID.

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