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Windows XP Home & Pro SP2 Activator

Does anybody know what Windows XP Home & Pro SP2 Activator is, I didn't know that you had to activate SP2.

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In short, it's the copy protection in XP.

Microsoft decided to protect it's OS in XP and one step is to require activation.

How deep do you need to discuss this?


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What about SP2

I don't understand what SP2 has to do with activating windows. Do I have to activate when I download SP2.

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Even without SP2 one has to activate.

Activation appeared in XP even before SP1. However you may be getting confused about the copy protections in XP.

1. Activation. All versions require this.

2. WGA (see this link ->

WGA appeared later since some cracked activation and this extra layer is required to gain access to product updates.

-> Let me bottom line this. If you have a shady or pirated version of Windows you will have trouble.


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so SP2 has nothing to do with it?

So this has nothing to do with SP2.

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Given the posts so far, no.

To me, activation is a non-issue. If activation fails we call and get it fixed. WGA is painful but sadly necessary.


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