Create an Activation Status Floppy Diskette:

Navigate to the %systemroot%\system32 folder. Copy the wpa.dbl and wpa.bak files to the floppy. Reinstall XP. After the installation is complete and the XP Out Of Box Experience (OOBE) windows appears- where you’d normally activate the product-decline to activate and let the installation complete. Restart and use [F8] to bring up the Advanced Boot Options menu.

Select Minimal Safe Mode here. Navigate to the %systemroot%system32 folder. Rename the existing wpa.dbl and wpa.bak files. Using the floppy diskette, copy the previously backed-up wpa.dbl and wpa.bak to the %systemroot%system32 folder. Reboot; XP should be activated.

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