Backup / Restore XP Activation

July 20, 2006

This is a trick that has been known within closed circles at Microsoft since we first shipped XP. That this tip is now available for public consumption raises some questions about whether we will block this in future service packs. This tip will definitely help legit users who are upgrading their current XP machine, as indicated by the introduction:

When you activate Windows XP, Microsoft stores the data in the Windows Product Activation database files wpa.dbl and Wpa.bak in the folder %systemroot%\system32. If you change the motherboard or make significant hardware changes, XP will require you to reactive.

The article :Link: goes on to describe what to do to ensure you don’t have to reactivate and/or buy a new Windows XP Key. Don’t cheat guys 🙂 and yeah, this won’t work on Vista (trust me)!


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