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System Tools

The System Tools section of the Start menu (All Programs, Accessories, System Tools) includes several interesting tools. Most of these are discussed in other chapters (such as Chapter 28, “Managing Users” [Files and Settings Transfer Wizard], and Chapter 29, “Managing the Hard Disk” [Backup, Disk Cleanup, Disk Defragmenter, and System Restore]). But, two tools from this menu are discussed in the following sections: Activate Windows and System Information.

Activate Windows

You might recall from Chapter 3, I discussed the issue of Windows activation. If you failed to activate your system during installation, for whatever reason, you can use this tool to activate Windows XP. Keep in mind that you have 30 days to activate your system after the installation before it will no longer function. Also remember that if you try to activate the same copy of Windows XP on multiple computers, Microsoft's storm troopers may come a knockin' at your e-door.


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