XP, after restoring from Acronis, it asks for activation

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  • loureed4
    loureed4
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    #163670

    Hello,

    I have just made a restore test, to see how Acronis works.
    My system is a XP SP3. (Original, Licensed copy)

    Everything goes smoothly concerning the Restoration except for it asks me to activate the copy, I suppose this happens for Windows to check it is an original Windows XP.

    What I really don’t know is what will happen when the old computer crashes (it is 6 years old) and I have to perform the actual restoration in another hardware…Will I be able to use the XP Serial from the old hardware?

    THANKS A LOT IN ADVANCE!

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    Ossian
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    #189576

    Re: XP, after restoring from Acronis, it asks for activation

    If it is an OEM copy, it is bound to specific hardware so not licensed on another machine.
    If it is retail, it can be re-activate but you may need to use the telephone activation line and explain that you had a hardware failure (assuming MS still allow you to activate it!)

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    shefi
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    #379744

    Re: XP, after restoring from Acronis, it asks for activation

    Ossian;283538 wrote:
    If it is an OEM copy, it is bound to specific hardware so not licensed on another machine.
    If it is retail, it can be re-activate but you may need to use the telephone activation line and explain that you had a hardware failure (assuming MS still allow you to activate it!)

    Thanks a lot Ossian.

    How could I know if it is a OEM or a retail?.

    And also: If my XP is licensed, bought to Microsoft, should not I be entitled to my activation?, I mean, it is not piracy, it is just a hardware failure.

    Thanks again.

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    Ossian
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    #189577

    Re: XP, after restoring from Acronis, it asks for activation

    OEM copies are always sold with hardware and are generally just a product sticker (with the OS installed). The sticker should mention OEM somewhere on it

    My comment about activation was based on the end of support life – AFAIK MS will still activate Windows XP, but it is now 12 years old and at some point they will probably stop doing so.

    A quick :google: says they are still activating, with no plans to stop, but you know Microsoft….

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    shefi
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    #379745

    Re: XP, after restoring from Acronis, it asks for activation

    Ossian;283542 wrote:
    OEM copies are always sold with hardware and are generally just a product sticker (with the OS installed). The sticker should mention OEM somewhere on it

    My comment about activation was based on the end of support life – AFAIK MS will still activate Windows XP, but it is now 12 years old and at some point they will probably stop doing so.

    A quick :google: says they are still activating, with no plans to stop, but you know Microsoft….

    So, if it is OEM I am doomed, somehow. That computers belongs to a very small family business and has all the data (a specific software) in it.

    Thanks once more! :)

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    shefi
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    #379746

    Re: XP, after restoring from Acronis, it asks for activation

    I have just seen this:

    “…
    To disable a XP Activation, you need to be logged in as an administrator. Then open ‘regedit’ by using the ”Run > regedit‘ and find the ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWARE’. Then follow Microsoft> Windows NT> CurrentVersion> WPAEvents > OOBETimer. Double-click on it and replace the content with FF D5 71 D6 8B 6A 8D 6F D5 33 93 FD. Right-click on WPAEvents and choose ‘Permissions’. Then click on ‘System’ and ‘check all’ of Deny Listbox. Restart.
    …”

    This would be indeed of help, if true.

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    biggles77
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    Re: XP, after restoring from Acronis, it asks for activation

    loureed4;283545 wrote:
    I have just seen this:

    “…
    To disable a XP Activation, you need to be logged in as an administrator. Then open ‘regedit’ by using the ”Run > regedit‘ and find the ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWARE’. Then follow Microsoft> Windows NT> CurrentVersion> WPAEvents > OOBETimer. Double-click on it and replace the content with FF D5 71 D6 8B 6A 8D 6F D5 33 93 FD. Right-click on WPAEvents and choose ‘Permissions’. Then click on ‘System’ and ‘check all’ of Deny Listbox. Restart.
    …”

    This would be indeed of help, if true.

    I have serious doubts that this is allowed in the EULA.

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