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How Do I Remove the Activation Notice in Windows XP®

October 09, 2012  |  Difficulty: Medium

how to disable the activation notice in Windows XP

People who install a clean Microsoft® Windows  XP® operating system may see an activation notice popping up periodically, asking to activate the product. To prevent this from recurring is to purchase the activation key from Microsoft® and enter it. There is, however, another way to disable this warning in your registry. Read the instructions below to learn how to disable the activation notice so you can be free of the constant interruption.

Removing the Windows XP® Activation Notice:

  1. Log in to your PC using an account with administration rights.
  2. Open the Start menu, type "regedit" into the search box and press enter.
  3. Navigate to the “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WPAEvents” directory in the registry.
  4. Double-click on the registry entry labeled "OOBETimer."
  5. Change the current string of letters and numbers to "FF D5 71 D6 8B 6A 8D 6F D5 33 93 FD" and then hit "OK" to save the settings.
  6. Right-click on the "WPAEvents" folder and select "Permissions."
  7. Deny permission access for the "System" listing and click "OK" to save the configuration. The Windows XP® activation notice is now disabled and removed. Your computer will now be activation popup free!

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