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    backing up your activation status for a reinstall

    A useful tip if you need to re-install Windows XP on the same hardware, which I found in the most recent newsletter from John Savill, creator and maintainer of <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.windows2000faq.com>Windows 2000 FAQ wesbite</A>:

    <hr>Q. How can I avoid having to reactivate my Windows XP installation when I reinstall the OS on my machine?

    A. If you plan to reinstall XP on the same hardware, you can back up the activation status and then restore it after you reinstall the OS. To save the activation status, back up the wpa.dbl file from the %systemroot%system32 folder to a disk or other location.

    After you reinstall the OS, perform the following steps:

    1. Start your Windows installation in Minimal Safe mode.
    2. Move to the %systemroot%system32 folder.
    3. Rename wpa.dbl to wpa.noact.
    4. Copy your backed up wpa.dbl file to the system32 folder.
    5. Reboot your system as usual.

    This procedure isn't a hack to avoid activating installations and will work only on the same hardware for an XP installation that you've already activated.<hr>
    -Mark

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    Re: backing up your activation status for a reinstall

    For office XP applications ,there is a similar hack, the file is data.dat, buried in an Office folder under All Users.
    If installing multiple office apps, like the suite, front page and/or publisher, the data.dat is updated each time so be sure to make a new copy if you install any individual programs.

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    Re: backing up your activation status for a reinstall

    I avoid that problem by never installing any software that includes the abomination know as the Registration/Activation Wizard.
    Legare Coleman

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    Re: backing up your activation status for a reinstall

    Hi MaryJ

    Just in case it's relevant, is there a convention for the extension to which the existing data.dat should be named - for an Office XP reinstall - or does "anything" suffice? (Given the increments for additional applications, this may be a non-issue.) BTW, at present I'm still strongly tempted to stick with the "Legare" crowd! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: backing up your activation status for a reinstall

    i'm not sure i understand the question... to use it to restore activation, it needs to be data.dat.

    i renamed my backups to officedata.dat, fpoffice.dat and pubfpofficedata.dat so i could keep them straight, but to use them i need to remove the extra text.

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    Re: backing up your activation status for a reinstall

    Hi Legare,
    I fully understand your feelings regarding registration and activation. Frankly, I tend to believe that MSFT is potentially hurting themselves with the activation schemes on the various XP's. However, it is interesting that with other programs that do this I never hear a complaint. For instance, in my business I use QuickBooks and it's had an activation scheme for at least 5 or 6 years. One gets about 25 loads of the program and then, if its not activated, it heads straight into the toilet!

    I'm curious why you're participating in a Windows XP forum? Do you have a hacked copy?

    Just wondering! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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