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Windows XP Activation

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by SeaTan, Apr 30, 2008.

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  1. SeaTan

    SeaTan Thread Starter

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    I recently had problems with my computer, and had to replaces my hard drive and memory. I therefore had to install Windows XP again. We have a few computers at home, each of which came with an XP recovery disk. I took one of these (it could have been from another computer - I'm not sure) and installed Windows again. I now have a countdown for my 30 day activation period. My problem is I dont have an internet connection on that computer, and am unable to activate. I researched this online, and the solution seems to be to back up the files wpa.dbl and wpa.bak from my previous sytem and replace them onto the new Windows. However, I only found this out now, and have therefore lost the old files. The old hard drive is corrupt and therefore cant recover them from there. Does anyone know of another solution and can someone provide me with those 2 files? Many thanks.
     
  2. mozzacajun

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    can you not just move that computer to where one of the others accesses the internet and activate it that way?
     
  3. thommy4024

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    If you can get it to a buddies house and the internet, then follow the prompts for the activation it will give you the number to MICROSOFT and explain to them how you got to this point and usually they will reactivate your windows...mabybe not...

    thommy4024 !
     
  4. Elvandil

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    The files you mention are different for each hardware configuration and Windows will check them. They won't work on a different hardware configuration. Use the phone. But if the key is used, you can't activate. The trick is only useful on the same machine with nothing changed.
     
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