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Deactivating Windows XP can be useful especially when moving the Windows XP install from one computer to another as it makes Windows activation easier and more automated.

Follow the simple guide below to make the necessary Registry change to deactivate your Windows XP version.

Deactivating Windows XP

  1. Click Start
  2. Click Run
  3. Type ‘regedit
  4. Navigate to
  5. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/WindowsNT/Current Version/WPAEvents
  6. Doubleclick OOBETimer, when the box comes up, change the LAST TWO HEX VALUES to nulls(00 00)

Reactivating Windows XP

  1. Click Start
  2. Click Run
  3. Type “c:\windows\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a
  4. Press Enter

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Want to skip straight to automatic hardware installation? Follow the instructions below to edit the registry.

  1. Click Start
  2. Click Programs
  3. Click Accessories
  4. Click Notepad
  5. Copy the script below:

REGEDIT4

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsDriverSearching]
“DontSearchWindowsUpdate”=dword:00000001
“DontPromptForWindowsUpdate”=dword:00000001
“DontSearchCD”=dword:00000001
“DontSearchFloppies”=dword:00000001

[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftWindows NTDriver Signing]
“behaviorOnFailedVerify”=dword:00000000

[HKEY_USERS.DEFAULTSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftWindows NTDriver Signing]
“behaviorOnFailedVerify”=dword:00000000

  1. Paste into Notepad
  2. Click File
  3. Click Save As
  4. Name the file “DisableHardware.bat
  5. Run the file & accept all changes.

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Export

  1. Right-click the desktop
  2. Select Properties
  3. Go to the Themes tab
  4. Select your theme
  5. Click the Save As button
  6. Save the file to the My Documents folder (or folder of your choice)
  7. Navigate to the saved theme location ie My Documents
  8. Locate your theme
  9. Copy it to a floppy disk or USB thumb drive.

Import

  1. Right-click the desktop and select Properties
  2. On the Themes tab, click the Theme drop-down list and select Browse.
  3. In the Open Theme dialog box, access the My Documents folder, locate your theme file, and double-click it.
  4. Click OK to load the new theme and close the Display Properties dialog box.

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How to create a Windows XP Picture Screensaver

  1. Right-click an empty spot on your desktop and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Screen Saver tab.
  3. In the Screen saver list, click My Pictures Slideshow.
  4. Click Settings to make any adjustments
  5. Click OK.
  6. Click the Preview button to see how it will look.
  7. Click OK if you are happy with the results.

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Disable the Windows XP Boot Disk

  1. Click Start and then click Run; type in: msconfig
  2. Click BOOT.INI from the top tabs.
  3. Go down to Boot Options, and tick: /NOGUIBOOT
  4. Click Apply then Ok to close msconfig.
  5. Restart the computer

The splash screen will be gone. It can be re-enabled by unticking /NOGUIBOOT back in the msconfig._