MS still activating XP installations

Published: August 25th, 2008

 Although Microsoft stopped selling XP through retailers June 30, users will still be able to activate XP, according to PC World.

Lincoln Spector filed this report.

According to a Microsoft representative, you will be able toactivate new XP installations for the foreseeable future. The fact thatthe company longer sells XP “has no bearing on one’s ability toactivate XP installations…”

Of course, the current rules about moving a Windows installation from one PC to another will still apply:

You can only do this with a retail version of Windows. The copy ofXP that came with your computer stays with your computer. You mustremove Windows from the old computer. Automatic activation will fail onthe new computer. When that happens, call the toll-free numberdisplayed on the screen and explain your situation to a human being.They will help you manually activate XP.

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