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Activation of XP

by superslam2 / October 23, 2007 1:18 AM PDT

I bought a refurbished laptop recently and had trouble getting it on line. It was suggested that administrative settings were blocking efforts to get online. It was also suggested to me that I try doing a repair/dynamic install of the OS (Windows XP Home). I have a store bought copy of Windows XP that I used when I built my desktop a few years back. I used this copy to do a dynamic install over the OS already on my laptop...then came trouble. I was not able to active Windows. Stupid me didn't realize that you are only allowed to use a retail copy of XP on ONE machine. Oops. My question now is, how can I roll it back so that I can at least access my files? Is there anyway to go back to the version of XP that was already on my machine or will I have to purchase new activation codes for my retail copy of the OS?
Thanks

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Only if you made a backup copy.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 23, 2007 2:24 AM PDT
In reply to: Activation of XP

Of the drive can you go back. That is, an image of the drive you can restore from.

And yes, this is where many discover activation has "teeth."

Bob

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X Setup Pro
by 109245051 / October 24, 2007 1:47 AM PDT
In reply to: Activation of XP

I ran in to this problem. I used X setup pro to run Win XP to copy my files then bought a new Xp Pro. program. If you don get a new activation key, critical upgrades will not work right.

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