If you are not playing much with Windows XP, you may not need to reinstall it in years. But those who play a lot with their Windows and always tickle with system, may need to install windows frequently, like me. The most annoying thing is whenever you install Windows XP, you have to activate it. Luckily, we have Internet and then cracks working 100%. So, we do not suffer much.
But what about those who rarely use Internet or they do not have Internet? They have to call a toll free number and have to get about 278 character long activation code to activate their Windows XP. But why you have to do this every time if you can manage it by yourself.
The process is very small and not difficult. But, as long as the new installation is on the same system and there won’t be any hardware changes it is possible to transfer the existing product activation and skip having to go through the product activation process again. Follow the steps below to save the activation status information and restore it once your system is rebuilt:
1. Go to the C:WindowsSystem32 folder
2. Find the files “wpa.dbl” and “wpa.bak” and copy them to a safe location like other storage media.
3. After you have reinstalled Windows XP on your reformatted hard drive, click “No” when asked if you want to go ahead and go through the activation process.
4. Reboot your computer into SafeMode.
5. Again go to the C:WindowsSystem32 folder.
6. Find the file “wpa.dbl” and “wpa.bak” (if it exists) and rename them to “wpadbl.new” and “wpabak.new”.
7. Copy your original “wpa.dbl” and “wpa.bak” files from your safe location to C:WindowsSystem32 folder.
8. Restart your system.
Voila! Your Windows XP operating system is now reinstalled on your reformatted hard drive and you are all activated without having to actually go through the product activation process!
Remember though. This won’t work for transferring activation information from one computer to another or if you alter the hardware because the information contained in your “wpa.dbl” file will not match the configuration of the computer. This trick is only for reinstalling Windows XP on the exact same computer after formatting the hard drive.