Installing XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP Installation and Setup' started by Scratch, May 22, 2020.

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    Scratch

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    I wish to install Windows XP-Home "upgrade" edition over a fresh install of Windows 98se.
    Please tell me if I will have to log onto the internet in order to activate XP in this case.
    Would like to stay off the net and keep as clean as an install as possible.
    Thanks very much for your input.
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    yes, xp still has to be activated.
     
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    Thanks Elizabeth.
    Not happy to have to go online to activate but, it is what it is. :(
     
    Scratch, May 23, 2020
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    not sure if the activate by phone needs online access , I do the following so that I do not have to activate:


    Create the Activation Status



    Navigate to system32 folder.

    Copy the wpa.dbl and wpa.bak files

    Reinstall XP in the normal manner

    Restart the computer and use the F8 key to bring up the Advanced Boot Options

    Select Minimal Safe Mode using Up and Down Arrow Keys and press Enter.

    Navigate to system32 folder.

    Rename the existing wpa.dbl and wpa.bak files.

    Copy the previously backed up wpa.dbl and wpa.bak files to the system32 folder.

    Reboot the computer.
     
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    Thank you so much, Elizabeth.
    I will try this.
    I'm putting together a legacy computer just to play those games that were denied me through Win10.
    Keeping it clean by keeping it off the net is important to me.
    My goal is to put it together primarily with new parts.
    Motherboard is on order.
    Rest of the parts in a couple more weeks.
    So pretty much a new 2002 machine. :)
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    okey dokey
     
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    I dont understand. I have XP 32, XP 64, and XP 32 MCE. I have never had to 'activate' any of them other than entering the product code #'s during installation. Do you-all enter these (25) numbers?
     
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    I don't enter the product numbers during installation, and the wpa file has the dell activation in it. so when xp asks to verify online , I say yes and it takes about 3 seconds for them to say ok , verified, :)
     
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    I wonder how long before MS decides to discontinue online/phone activations for XP forcing people to go the 'Activation hack/patch' route. Me? I'm already there, been there since SP2.
     
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