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Activating Windows XP

Activating Windows XP

Windows XP has an undesirable new feature—copy protection—that prevents you from running the same copy of Windows on more than one computer. During installation, Windows Setup examines your PC; computes a Special Secret Identifier from the exact system time plus data about key internal parts (hard drive, video card, motherboard, memory, and so on); and sends this identifier, along with your 25-character product key, over the internet to Microsoft, thereby activating Windows XP (Figure A.5).

Figure A.5. You can activate Windows XP over your internet connection or over the phone. If you don’t activate it within 30 days, XP stops working.



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