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xp.jpgOk, I know, it looks like I am getting all for Microsoft but that’s not true. It is just that I don’t want to see you crazy once you have formatted your pc because you discovered that you can not activate your XP anymore. I also would hate to see you sad once you open your brand new laptop to find out that it is heavily loaded with a lot of trial crapware you don’t want. Whatever the reason here is the procedure to backup and restore your Windows XP activation information


  • Open My Computer or Windows Explorer.

  • Go to C:\Windows\System32 folder. You may have to click on the Show the contents of this folder link to display the files.

  • Copy WPA.DBL and WPA.BAK to a USB key flash drive, or burn the files to a CD or DVD.

  • Reinstall Windows XP on the same computer. This hack just works if you use theactivation on the same Pc.

  • After the installation is completed and the Windows XP Out of Box Experience (OOBE) window appear, click on No

    button when asked if user want to activate to skip and decline going through the activation process.

  • Restart the computer and press F8 right away and select Minimal Safe Mode in “Advanced Boot Options” menu.

  • Open My Computer or Windows Explorer.

  • Go to C:\Windows\System32. You may have to click on the Show the contents of this folder link to see the files.

  • Rename the WPA.DBL and WPA.BAK (if exists) that currently reside in the directory.

  • Copy the original WPA.DBL and WPA.BAK previously backed up to the C:\Windows\System32 folder.

  • Restart the computer. Now your Windows XP should be already activated.

Source: Mydigitallife.info

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One Comment to “How to backup and restore Windows XP activation information”

  1. Jimmy Nav Says:

    This works only with SP1. It doesn’t work on SP2.

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