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Thread: Ghosting my hard drive removes XP activation?




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    Default Ghosting my hard drive removes XP activation?

    I have a 40gb hard drive with WINXP pro installed on it and I did a ghost of it on a new 80gb HD...

    the thing is that when i try to boot up from the 80gb it works great until i enter my username/password and it tells me that It cannot verify my Windows Activation or something like that

    is there something i did wrong? i need some help

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    Default Re: Ghosting my hard drive removes XP activation?

    Is the only piece of hardware you changed the 40GB HDD? If you change certain types of hardware, XP will require reactivation via Internet or phone.

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    Default Re: Ghosting my hard drive removes XP activation?

    when using ghost and XP, in most cases you've got to reset the SID, which will mean reactivation.

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    Default Re: Ghosting my hard drive removes XP activation?

    yes it's the only piece of hardware i changed with the 40gb

    If i have to reactivate the SID how am i supposed to do it if i can't logon to windows???

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    Default Re: Ghosting my hard drive removes XP activation?

    if you use norton ghost its common to lose the SID after ghosting it on another HD. Thats why i use Powerquest Drive Image. Doesnt screw the SID. Although Symantec aquired Powerquest so i dont know if its still exist.

    You wont have a choice to reactivate it.

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    Default Re: Ghosting my hard drive removes XP activation?

    You could always try and reformat, and reinstalling XP if thats a pheasable option.

    Otherwise, I can't think of any legal alternative.

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