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Does non-activation hold you back?

by Doug / July 11, 2005 2:59 PM PDT

I know if you don't activate XP within the 30 day window, you're pretty much locked out on day 31. I also know that with some trial versions of certain software programs you can't access some areas or parts of the program do not work, until you register, acitvate, purchase the full-blown program - whatever. So my question is, are there some parts of the XP OS that do not work, or do not work right until you Activate?

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Not as far as I know.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 11, 2005 8:09 PM PDT

I don't think so. You get the full OS until the Activation period has expired, then nothing but a request to Activate.

Mark

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Complete Lockout
by Yew / July 11, 2005 10:03 PM PDT

On day 31, you won't be able to access your system at all until you activate (or reinstall and start the timer over).

So yes, not activating DOES hold you back quite significantly. Of course this shouldn't be an issue unless you have a less than legal copy of XP.

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Activate
by MarkinTO / July 15, 2005 3:45 PM PDT

Yes, activate your XP. You don't have to 'register it', at the same time. You'll be able to use all of the features but, won't get auto-updates, etc.

If your copy of XP was installed on less than 5 machines, I'd register it as well.

If you 'activate' only, you'll have to manually update your software. That's all.

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