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Part: seven Appendixes > Activating and Registering Windows

Activating and Registering Windows

After the installation is complete, you'll be prompted to activate your copy of Windows XP. This is something new, and totally separate from the normal registration process.

In an attempt to discourage what Microsoft calls “casual” software piracy, the company now requires that each individual copy of XP be activated before it can be used. (You do have a 30-day grace period, but after that the operating system quits working if it's not activated.) The activation process can be done online or over the phone, although doing it online is much, much easier.


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