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Sp2 Pre Activation

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#1 leza


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Posted 18 July 2008 - 07:43 PM

Doing a repair install of xp sp1.
Can i install the sp2 network install before activation ?
So i donīt need to go online with only sp1.


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#2 hamluis



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Posted 18 July 2008 - 08:28 PM

I find that the answer to this varies :thumbsup:.

I've had systems where I've had to activate (by phone) in order to get to the desktop...and I've had systems where I've been notified that I have 30 days or so to activate. I suspect that all the phone activations were triggered by hardware changes detected in the system, but I really cannot remember and swear this was the case.

If you can get to the desktop and already have the network install of SP2, you should be good.


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Posted 18 July 2008 - 08:55 PM

Activation checks only for hardware changes. I dont think SP2 will alter anything in activation. Besides why not go for SP3? SP3 is out for few months now

If your current system is activated, you can make backup of activation and later restore from it. You wont have to goto activation process all over again. Here is how :

1. Copy c:\windows\system32\wpa.dbl and c:\windows\system32\wpa.bak to a disk (like cd or floppy)

2. reboot XP in Minimal Safe mode (Press F8 key during system startup and choose)

3. Overwrite the files in c:\windows\system32. Its a good idea to make a backup of existing wpa.dbl and wpa.bak before u overwrite.

4. Reboot. You are activated. :thumbsup:

Edited by Romeo29, 18 July 2008 - 08:56 PM.

#4 leza

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 08:30 PM

Thanks Romeo29.
Iīll do that !

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