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HD crash, installed new HD, installed  windows xp and activated it.  Getting error message that xp needs to be activated,  I click OK to activate and message back is that it is already activated?
I am using original xp cd.
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Commented:
It's already activated, after you install/update all patches(sp3) after reinstall that will go away.
it's ok, you only changed the hard disk. the old activation key should work
the activation request does not show up thereafter, right?
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OK, didn't quite understand the answers above, but I did a solution on Microsoft Knowledgebase that worked.  Article Q312295.   http://support.microsoft.com/kb/312295
Adam LeinssSystems Administrator

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You should accept your own answer as the solution since you fixed it yourself.
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