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Back up your XP Product Activation Files
After reinstalling XP, you have to go through the whole product activation again. Actually, there's a way around it. Before you wipe out the current installation, backup your product activation files and then you can restore them to the new installation.
Right click Start and click Explore.
In Windows Explorer, navigate to \WINDOWS\System32\ (usually on the c: drive but may be on a different drive depending on where you installed XP).
Copy the following files to a floppy, CD or second hard disk: wpa.dbl, wpa.bak.
To restore the files, start the computer in Safe Mode and copy them to the same directory (\WINDOWS\System32).
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