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How to Preserve an OEM Pre Activation When Reinstalling Windows XP

    • 1). Insert the XP CD into the computer, along with the flash drive.

    • 2). Right click "Start" and select "Explore." Click "Computer," "C," "Windows," and "System32." Drag and drop the "wpa.dbl" and "wpa.bak" files to the flash drive.

    • 3). Restart the computer. Press any key when prompted to boot from CD.

    • 4). Press "Enter" at the XP Welcome and "F8" at the license terms.

    • 5). Highlight the drive containing XP and press "R" to reinstall.

    • 6). Restart the computer. Tap "F8" as the computer is loading. Select "Minimal Safe Mode" and press "Enter."

    • 7). Right click "Start" and select "Explore." Click "Computer," "C," "Windows," and "System32." Right click the "wpa.dbl" and "wpa.bak" files. Rename them. Copy and paste the "wpa.dbl" and "wpa.bak" files from the flash drive to the "System32" folder.

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