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Windows XP SP3 upgrade removes OEM pre-activation settings

The Windows OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK) tools can be used by an OEM customer to customize the settings for the Windows Welcome Screen. These custom settings are saved in the Oobeinfo.ini file, and they are loaded when Windows XP starts for the first time. After you upgrade a computer to Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), these custom settings may be lost, Microsoft informed.

This issue occurs because Windows XP SP3 replaces the Oobeinfo.ini file in the %windir%\system32\oobe directory.

To resolve this issue and to keep any changes that you have made to the Oobeinfo.ini file, follow these steps when you upgrade to Windows XP SP3:

  1. Make a backup copy of the existing Oobeinfo.ini file that contains your custom settings. This file is located in the %windir%\system32\oobe directory.
  2. Install Windows XP SP3.
  3. Copy the Oobeinfo.ini file that you backed up in step 1 to the %windir%\system32\oobe directory.

More info: 899356 How to access the “Preserving OEM Pre-Activation when Re-installing Windows XP” white paper for Windows XP

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