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XP product key

By Cornishman ·
Hi guys
In a previous newsletter, there was a useful article regarding saving the XP product ID before reformatting and then pasting it into Windows instead of going through the activation process. Can anyone point me to the article or can run through the routine? I just want to wipe the disk and reload (no computer changes).

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by SyscoKid In reply to XP product key

I think you're talking about Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder. See here:

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by Cornishman In reply to

No no. I didnt explain myself properly. I know the Product key - it is the XP activation id that the Tech Republic article was saying that you can copy pre-format and paste post-format. I just don't know where to find it. (The article or the key!) The newsletter was from a few months ago.

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by BFilmFan In reply to XP product key

You can store the two files that contain the Windows Product Activation (WPA) data on a floppy disk, and copy them to the system after reinstalling Windows so that no activation is required from Microsoft's site or by telephone.

The two files are called Wpa.dbl and Wpa.bak. And they're located in the C:\Windows\system32 folder (if Windows is installed to its default Windows folder and not to a folder with a different name of the user's choosing).

The two files contain a description of the system's hardware and the activation code that Microsoft generated from its site or provided by telephone, both of which are encrypted. At each system start-up, Windows XP decrypts (unencrypts) the description and checks to make sure that the hardware matches the recorded description. The details that are recorded include the serial numbers of the hard disk drive(s), and the MAC address that every Ethernet network card has. A user therefore cannot copy the two activation files from a system that has the same hardware, because although the make and models of the hardware are the same, the identification numbers are different.

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by Cornishman In reply to

Excellent - exactly what I was after. Thanks.

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