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    Default Reformatting XP

    Hi all

    I'm going to be reformatting a friend's PC (Win XP Home) and want to know if it will still activate OK.

    Since the OEM activated it originally, I have added:
    -1x 256MB memory stick (256>512MB)
    -1x DVD writer
    -1x 80GB HD
    -1x Internal ADSL Modem (no longer in use)

    Will the machine still activate (as the original config has changed)?

    I heard something about copying wpa.dbl from the old installation to the new one to 'bypass' activation on the new installation - does this work?

    Thanks
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    Default Re: Reformatting XP

    Soon find out, try it, see what happens.

    If it doesnt activate, ring MS. And explain you've added a few things.

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    Default Re: Reformatting XP

    Yes it will activate.
    I changed motherboard, graphic card and added some more HDD's and had no problem.
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    Default Re: Reformatting XP

    Thanks for your help guys.

    BTW I reinstalled XP tonight and it activated over the Internet fine.
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    Default Re: Reformatting XP

    Activations reset after 4 months.

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