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Old 11-02-07, 01:57 PM
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Question re: WinXP Registration/Activation

I have a homebuilt "tinkertoy" computer, meaning I'm occasionally swapping/testing/playing with different components, HDD's, CD burners, DVD burners, cards, RAMs, etc. I have read that WinXP doesn't allow such frequent hardware changes; because of registration/activation you must leave the hardware configuration unchanged. Is this true? Or is there a core set of components (i.e. motherboard, CPU, ??) which must remain unchanged, but OK to swap around components other than the core set? I am reluctant to load WinXP because of this. Also, if I decide to one day upgrade to a new motherboard/cpu, will I have to buy a new WinXP? because the original registration/activation is forever associated with the original motherboard/CPU? The registration/activation stuff is confusing and mysterious to me. Anyone know how it really works?
Old 11-02-07, 02:02 PM
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I'm pretty sure that if you change enough hardware that XP wants a new activation you can just go and reactivate it, it isn't forever linked to the old hardware. And I believe you can avoid the activation all together if you have a Corporate version of XP (but maybe not).
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It's pretty easy to reactivate Windows after changing components around. I've done that with my Vista install 3 or 4 times already. It's not much of a hassle.
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I forget the number of changes allowed, I think if you change the motherboard/processor and hard drive, then you have to reactivate - doing this 3 or 4 times is easy, more than that and MS might hassle you. Over all, not that big of a deal

Correct that the corporate edition does not have this 'feature'
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This site has a good rundown on XP Activation, and what you can and can't do:
http://www.aumha.org/win5/a/wpa.php
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Thanks, all who responded; good to know the reactivation process is painless.
Jay G., that link has just the kind of detail I was after.
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Originally Posted by 4KRG
Correct that the corporate edition does not have this 'feature'
Enterprise editions are nice.

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