Activate Windows XP

A Step-by-Step Guide to Activating Windows XP Permanently

Do you have Windows XP but no original license key? Then you don’t need to worry, because with a few mouse clicks and a few tricks you can activate your Windows XP version permanently. To do this, simply follow the steps below.

Open your start menu and click on

To run



Double click


Click on


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Click on


Click on


From there select the option “



OOBE Timer Change

Remove in window

change binary value Click “OK” and close the registry editor.

Open the window again

Run %systemroot%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a

Select the second option in the activation wizard.

This should read: “Yes, activate Windows by calling customer service.” Click Next.

Click on

Change product key

Give in

New key update

Check if your Windows XP is activated (optional).

Type the following command under Run: oobe/msoobe /a If a window appears saying “Windows has already been activated”, the process was successful.

After deleting the WPATimer value in Regedit, right-click on WPAEvents.

Select Permissions and set the permissions to be denied for all groups and users. After the restart, the computer resets the values. If you deny permissions, this cannot be reset.


If you want your Windows XP to remain permanently activated and you want to avoid legal problems with Microsoft, you must turn off automatic Windows updates. You have to carry out the following steps: Go to Start and then Control Panel. (Make sure it’s in Classic View.) Double-click Automatic Updates. Select the Turn off automatic updates option and click Apply. You’ve already done it! One more thing: you might find it annoying that a message pops up every 2 minutes saying automatic updates are disabled. To turn off those annoying warnings, double-click the little red icon on the right-hand side of your taskbar. The Security Center opens and there are a few options on the left-hand side. Go to the Change Security Center alert settings option and uncheck Automatic updates.


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Edison Greenwood

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