little xp trick/reinstalling on same pc

Discussion in 'Windows XP / Older OS' started by reapo, Oct 26, 2007.

  1. reapo

    reapo MDL Novice

    Sep 22, 2007
    If you have successfully activated the OS already, and if you are reinstalling it on the existing hardware, this trick should do just fine. Here it is:

    Copy the file c:\windows\system32\wpa.dbl to a floppy.

    Reinstall Windows XP.

    Boot to a DOS disk if you are using FAT, or to the Recovery Console if using NTFS.

    Copy the file from the first step above back to c:\windows\system32.

    That’s it - because all of your hardware is the same as before, your copy of WinXP is still valid according to the previous activation.

    That’s it. That should do it!