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How to access the "Preserving OEM Pre-Activation when Re-installing Windows XP" white paper for Windows XP

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Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

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Microsoft has released a white paper that explains how to preserve the preactivated status of Microsoft Windows XP when you use one of the following methods to reinstall Windows XP:
  • You use the sysprep –reseal –mini command.
  • You modify the OOBEinfo.ini file.
  • You perform a manual installation.
  • You perform an unattended installation.
Note Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) frequently preactivate Windows XP software that they install on the computers that they manufacture.
To view the "Preserving OEM Pre-Activation when Re-installing Windows XP" white paper, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

Article ID: 899356 - Last Review: 12/09/2015 02:31:25 - Revision: 1.4

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