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Replacing Motherboard - Avoiding XP Activation?


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#1 stitchup

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Posted 19 April 2009 - 01:32 PM

Hi guys

I want to replace the motherboard in one of my PCs. The PC is installed with a genuine XP Pro.

I suspect that when I replace the motherboard, I'll be prompted to re-activate. Is there anyway I can get around this?

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Posted 19 April 2009 - 03:17 PM

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Posted 19 April 2009 - 03:50 PM

Thanks for the link

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Posted 19 April 2009 - 05:42 PM

Remember though. This won't work for transferring activation information from one computer to another or if you alter the hardware because the information contained in your "wpa.dbl" file will not match the configuration of the computer. This trick is only for reinstalling Windows XP on the exact same computer after formatting the hard drive. There isn't any legal way of getting around this. Microsoft is very forgiving with computer repair/Upgrades just call them they will re-activate it I have never had a problem with a legal copy.
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Posted 20 April 2009 - 03:46 AM

Thanks Chad

I'm hoping to purchase an identical motherboard so I can use same processor etc etc.

I have a 5 user licence of XP and the problem is I don't remember which computers I've installed which licence on. I know MS usually don't quibble but I just wanted to avoid having to reactivate - It's no bigee either way.

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 05:22 AM

I can understand that sometimes the person on the other end of the phone is hard to understand and the automated system never seems to work correctly.
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Posted 20 April 2009 - 09:30 AM

I don't think you need to activate if you have Volume License Key (VLK) for Windows XP.

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 04:08 PM

As long as 7 out of the 10 tracked hardware pieces are the same as when you first activated it, you should not have a problem.....

http://aumha.org/win5/a/wpa.htm

According to that article, swapping the wpa files won't work after a reformat and clean install which I think you have to do when replacing the motherboard although I am not sure about that, especially if you replace it with an identical board




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