If you’ve pre-activated Windows XP, and due to some technical reasons, you do a fresh installation and didn’t use the original OEM CD, you may have to re-activate your Windows XP. Here’re the steps to avoid reactivation process:
Note: This trick will only work if you use the WPA.DBL file on the same computer that it was originally activated on. If you install XP on a different machine and try to copy the WPA.DBL file there, it won’t activate. Basically, XP looks at the hardware of the computer to create a unique profile for just that one computer.
- You can avoid reactivation by simply copying a file from your Windows directory and saving it on a USB stick, floppy drive, or CD. When you first activate, Windows XP creates a file called “WPA.DBL” in the C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32 directory. All you’ve to do is, just copy this file to external storage device and keep it in a safe place.
- When you reinstall Windows XP, and come to the point where you’re asked for activation, just decline the activation process and complete your Windows installation.
- Now you’ll need to restart your computer in Safe Mode by pressing F8 on startup to get into the Advanced Boot Options menu.
- Go to C:\Windows\System32 and you should see a file called WPA.DBL. Simply rename it to something like WPA.BACKUP and then copy your backup version of WPA.DBL to the current location.
- Restart your computer and Windows should now be activated and working fine.