Frequently Asked Questions about Microsoft Product Activation
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 302878 - This article contains frequently asked questions about Windows Product Activation (WPA). The questions are separated into the following
of Microsoft Product Activation
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 302806 - Microsoft Product
Activation (MPA) is designed to reduce software piracy. MPA is an
umbrella term for technology such as Windows Product Activation
(WPA) in Microsoft Windows XP and Office Activation Wizard (OAW)
in Microsoft Office XP.
Ports That Are Used by Windows Product Activation
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 291983 - Windows Product Activation uses the following
HOW TO: Activate Windows XP
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 307890 - Windows XP uses software-based product activation technology, which means that you must activate your copy of Windows XP to use it. This article describes how to activate Windows
How to Activate Windows XP Using an Unattend.txt File
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 291997 - This article describes how to activate Windows XP using an unattended installation procedure. To automatically activate Windows XP, you must first establish an Internet
to change the Windows XP Professional Product Key Code
Since the release of Windows
XP, Microsoft has discovered that almost 90% of illegitimate
copies of the Operating System are using a handful of leaked
"corporate" keys. In an effort to thwart these
illegitimate users, Windows XP Service Pack 1 (and possibly
all future updates) will not install on systems using these
keys. Here's how to check if your systems are using a leaked
key, and how to change the product activation key if it is.
How to Change the Product ID in Windows XP
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 321636 - This article describes how to change the Windows Product ID for a current installation of Microsoft Windows XP.
Windows Product Activation
A very technical look at the inner workings of WPA,
including what information is transmitted to Microsoft, how the
key codes are generated, and how hardware changes are tracked.
WebCast: Microsoft Windows XP and Office XP: Understanding the New Mandatory Product Activation
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 325510 - In this session, we will be talking about a new feature called Activation. We will answer some of the most frequently asked questions and discuss the benefits of Activation.