Windows XP Activation Question


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Alright, my brother bought a Windows XP professinol OP disk awhile ago. Anyways I was wondering if I could still use that disk for my computer. I know you have to activate it but could I still activate it on my computer if my brother activated it on his?

Thanks in advance!


Beta member
^^If you don't activate your account it stops working after a certain amount of time.

And Nikeus, I read that and correct me if I'm wrong but, if I just tell microsoft I'm upgrading I can use it on my computer. Also does this activation cost anything?


Fully Optimized
Hmm never heard of it stops working. I have never experienced such nonense. But then again I do install a fresh copy every month or so.

My friend has had his installed for a long time now and he hasnt activated his.


Fully Optimized
activating xp doesn't cost anything. It is true that if you don't activate within 90 days it will expire, and the os won't work. I think you can activate it on your comp because you are allowed to activate 3 times per disk.


In Runtime
there are cracks out there for the activation(which i have never tried), however, its just easier to dl the corp versions as you can easily update these even to sp2.