Author Topic: How to reinstall and not have to activate.  (Read 2768 times)

Charlie

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How to reinstall and not have to activate.
« on: February 10, 2006, 09:52:31 AM »
Activate Windows XP from Floppy Diskette Backup

Circumstances arise where you'll need to reinstall Windows XP on your machine when no hardware changes have been made. Rather than go through the reactivation process, create a floppy disk to back up the activation status file. Once XP has been reinstalled the floppy can be used to restore the previous activation status.

Create the Activation Status Floppy Diskette
· Navigate to %systemroot%\system32 folder.
· Copy the wpa.dbl and wpa.bak files to the floppy diskette.

Reinstall Windows XP
· Reinstall XP in the normal manner. After the install is completed and the XP Out Of Box Experience (OOBE) appears where you'd normally activate the product, decline to activate and let the installation complete.

Activate the XP Reinstallation
· Restart the computer and use the F8 key to bring up the
Advanced Boot Options menu.
· Select Minimal Safe Mode using Up and Down Arrow Keys and press Enter.
· Navigate to %systemroot%\system32 folder.
· Rename the existing wpa.dbl and wpa.bak files.
· Using the floppy diskette, copy the previously backed up wpa.dbl and wpa.bak files to the %systemroot%\system32 folder.
· Reboot the computer.
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« Last Edit: December 31, 1969, 05:00:00 PM by Charlie »

ol pilot

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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2006, 09:15:44 AM »
I found wpa.dbl in the Systems32 folder, but couldn't find wpa.bak on either of my XP computers.  Of course, .bak indicates a backup file, but I have no idea what would have created it.
« Last Edit: December 31, 1969, 05:00:00 PM by ol pilot »

Charlie

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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2006, 09:28:51 AM »
This should be right next to the wpa.dbl file. I have never varified this works but if you google you'll see alot of people that were able to use this method.
« Last Edit: December 31, 1969, 05:00:00 PM by Charlie »

floppy

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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2006, 09:55:03 AM »
The floppy thing does "work" but is not totally reliable. A "Repair Install" will work better and be more reliable. It's the next best thing to an image or a backup of your drive(s).
« Last Edit: December 31, 1969, 05:00:00 PM by floppy »