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Windows XP Evaluation Expiration Behavior and Error Messages
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This article describes the behavior of the Windows XP evaluation copy and the errors messages that you may receive when the 180-day evaluation period has expired.
When the 180-day period has expired on a computer that is running a copy of Windows XP (the non-released version of Windows XP), the following message is displayed when you start your computer:
When you click OK, your computer shuts down.
The evaluation period for this copy of Windows has ended.
Windows cannot continue loading.
How to Identify an Evaluation Version of Windows XPThe Windows XP Evaluation versions display information that is similar to the following information on your desktop:
Windows XP ProfessionalWhen you install an evaluation copy of Windows XP, Text-mode Setup displays the following warning message:
Evaluation Copy. Build 2462
Setup Program has detected that you are about to install an Evaluation version of Microsoft Windows XP operating system which contains a time limited expiration for evaluation purposes only.
How to Upgrade a Windows XP Evaluation VersionIf you run the Winver utility (Winver.exe) you can determine which version of Windows XP is running on your computer, as well as the expiration date for the evaluation. To remove the 180-day evaluation from the Windows XP or other evaluation versions, purchase the retail version of Windows XP Home Edition or Windows XP Professional Edition, and upgrade the computer before the expiration time.
If the evaluation period has already expired, use one of the following workarounds after you purchase a retail copy of the operating system:
How to change the Local Administrator Password RemotelyIf you change the local administrator password, you can logon locally in safe mode as the local administrator to upgrade the computer or make changes to allow you to activate Windows Product Activation (WPA).
These are the conditions under which you may be able to change the local administrator password if you have forgotten your local administrator password. If you remember the local administrator account password you do not need to do this.