General discussion

Locked

Bypass reactivation of windows XP

By jhpjr1 ·
How do I bypass reactivating windows XP if I reinstall it.

This conversation is currently closed to new comments.

8 total posts (Page 1 of 1)  
| Thread display: Collapse - | Expand +

All Comments

Collapse -

Bypass reactivation of windows XP

by timwalsh In reply to Bypass reactivation of wi ...

If you reinstall it on the same system, chances are you WON'T be asked to reactivate XP. You would need to reinstall on the same system a number of times in a short period of time before activation is invoked.

If you reinstall on a different system (or the same system with significant hardware changes), you very likely WILL be asked to reactivate XP. There is no (legal) way to bypass this.

Collapse -

Bypass reactivation of windows XP

by jhpjr1 In reply to Bypass reactivation of wi ...

The question was auto-closed by TechRepublic

Collapse -

Bypass reactivation of windows XP

by Ann777 In reply to Bypass reactivation of wi ...

There is a file in C:\winnt\system32\ (maybe c:\windows\system32 depending on what you use for your windows root directory) called WPA.??? (I do not remember the exact extension -- but it is a 3 KB file).

If you copy this file to floppy, format and reinstall WinXP to the same machine (no hardware changes), you can copy this file to the new system32 folder and you will not be required to activate your reinstall.

Collapse -

Bypass reactivation of windows XP

by Ann777 In reply to Bypass reactivation of wi ...

PS. I have reinstalled (cleanly formatted and reinstalled) WinXP on a laptop that I purchased a while ago.... no hardware changes.... and not been required to re-activate.

On one of the WinXP tweak sites, this file is mentioned and it's a goodidea to put a backup on floppy in order to backup that file should you need it.

Collapse -

Bypass reactivation of windows XP

by jhpjr1 In reply to Bypass reactivation of wi ...

The question was auto-closed by TechRepublic

Collapse -

Bypass reactivation of windows XP

by Joseph Moore In reply to Bypass reactivation of wi ...

From an article at: http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,3973,11214,00.asp

The WPA.DBL file resides in the Windows\system32 directory and holds the hardware configuration information and activation state of the current Windows XP installation. The WPA.DBL file is actually an RC4-encrypted database of the expiration info of your installation, the confirmation of activation, the hardware configuration at activation time, and the current hardware configuration. When you first install Windows XP, this file is approximately 2K in size--not much more than a stub file. When you activate Windows, this file grows to approximately 12K-13K, recording the hardware status of your machine. At each boot, Windows analyzes your current hardware and compares it to the stored configuration information to see if it has changed. When you make hardware changes, Windows makes a note of the changes in the WPA file, but keeps the original configuration for reference. If you make too many changes, WindowsXP will reset the WPA.DBL file back to its original non-activated (2K file size) state, and you have to reactivate.

As mentioned above, the WPA.DBL file can be backed up to permit activation if you reload Windows XP. You can also experiment withdifferent hardware configurations, as we did in preparation for this article. You would back up WPA.DBL for each configuration change, so you can roll back whenever desired, similar to what developers may do frequently, as mentioned above. If you save a copy of the WPA.DBL file at each change of hardware, you can roll back to almost any state.


One caveat, from our testing--we found that the WPA.DBL was not protected similar to other system files. If you delete the file, you need to reactivate. The WPA.DBL is also not included in Windows XP's system restore mechanism

Collapse -

Bypass reactivation of windows XP

by jhpjr1 In reply to Bypass reactivation of wi ...

The question was auto-closed by TechRepublic

Collapse -

Bypass reactivation of windows XP

by jhpjr1 In reply to Bypass reactivation of wi ...

This question was auto closed due to inactivity

Back to Windows Forum
8 total posts (Page 1 of 1)  

Related Discussions

Related Forums