Windows activation 30 days

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    So, I used my old activation key to install XP but I still have to activate it after 30 days. How do I do that without connecting to the internet? And will something happen if I don't?
     
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    great :)
     
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    Haha I'm actually surprised XP can still be legally activated!
     
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    What gets me is, in low these many years, I have never had to do more than install XP off the disk. Period.
     
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    I may be wrong but I believe activation procedure is for XP Home versions. The XP Pro version does not require any activation AFAIK.
     
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    no I have xp pro and it required activation the last time I did a new install, but it sailed right through because I saved out my files for activation:


    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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    FWIW
    Actually, I was told there are/were 'corporate' versions, which did not require avtivation/validation.
    Companys would buy 200 (for example) licenses, & not have to go through the activation process for each computer. It had to do with specific product key #'s
     
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    There was supposedly a corporate student/tech edition that was used for techs to practice installing XP. It required a CD KEY to install but did not require activation. I've never seen one in the wild and suspect that they are referring to the Windows XP Volume Licensing version that was provided to medium to large companies.
     
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    I never thought about it, but I should also save and back up those files in case I goof up my system ... wouldn't be the first time I caused it.

    I backed up the wpa.dbl file, but I don't have a wpa.bak file and I've made sure to un-hide protected system files. I guess I should back up all those files now that I think of it in case.

    Thank you; Elizabeth :)

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    wpa.bak is a backup file and you only need it if it has been generated at any time, :)
     
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    I installed Windows XP on a computer a couple months ago. When I tried to log into it a couple days ago it said I had to activate it before I could finish logging in. I have another computer that already has Windows XP activated on it. I have two copies of Windows XP Pro. That means all I have to do is figure out which Product Key is unused so I can activate this computer.

    I had thought that someone said one time you could run Windows unactivated in a limited mode. I guess this is not true for Windows XP.
     
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    so copy the wpa.dbl file to the other unactivated computer, then see if that covers the activation.
     
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    I copied the wpa.dbl file from the other computer but it made no difference. I still get the message "This copy of Windows must be activated with Microsoft before you can log on. Do you want to activate now?". I am going to restore the original wpa.dbl file and try activating the normal way.

    Like the other computer Internet activation and phone activation failed. My only other choice now is to call Microsoft support and have them go through the activation process with me. I will do this when I get a chance.
     
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    I finally got a chance to call Microsoft. Windows XP Pro is now activated.

    I wish Internet or phone activation worked. I hate having to call Microsoft just to activate Windows.

    Now I need to remember to backup my computer.

    BTW, the first post by the OP asked what will happen if you don't activate Windows XP before 30 days. I found out because it happened to me. What happens is Windows won't let you log in until you do activate Windows.
     
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