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New OS With New Motherboard?

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RobPatten

If the BIOS is significantly different from the older version, Windows XP may think that the motherboard has been changed and consider the change significant enough for re-activation to be required.

Just because you are prompted to re-activate does not mean that your license is no longer valid. You should be able to successfully re-activate your copy of Windows XP, and if it won't do it automatically you can call the toll free number provided to you on the activation wizard where you will be asked some standard questions and you will be given an activation code.

It amazes me the number of people who have perfectly legitimate software who seem to be scared to use the 'call the activation centre' option and assume they are doomed!