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If I were to get a new motherboard for my XP machine, is there a way to deactivate my XP COA key? If I replace a motherboard and try to install XP with a COA Key I have already activated, all hell breaks loose.

I do not know what will happen after April, when XP officially is no longer supported. I am wanting to keep an XP machine around, off the Net, for a while.

Is there a way to deactivate my COA, so that it can be activated again with a different board??

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Re: Deactivate XP

Rick:
Is this an OEM install, ie: factory and not after market? If so, you're SOL.

If not, just install (clean) and, if necessary, activate by phone. I would do the installation before April 8, so you can get all of the updates. You might try the phone approach anyway. The worse they can do is refuse. Remember to tell them you have only ONE installation. There's no way to deactivate. You can only transfer.
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Re: Deactivate XP

This will be from an original XP disk. Not a manufactures version.
I was the manufacturer of this system and I don't build enough machines for MS to let me customize an install

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Re: Deactivate XP

That being the case, you shouldn't have any problem, especially if the last activation was more than 120 days ago. If Internet activation gives you fits, go with phone activation. Remember, one installation.

As for customization, I think MS provides the tools. Look it up in TechNet. I would convert the disk to an ISO file, then unpack that with WinRAR or something similar. Modifications can be made to individual files that way, then regenerate the ISO from the result. That's how you make universal Windows 7 install disks. I'm fairly certain the tools exist for XP also. See: Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows XP -

Download Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) from Official Microsoft Download Center

Can I use Windows AIK for my XP computer? - Microsoft Community

Note: the download requires a validation procedure.
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See also this search in Microsoft:

technet desktop deployment - Search Microsoft.com

Lotsa good stuff there.

Also, especially, here:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...(v=WS.10).aspx

This book is also available as a free pdf download:
https://www.google.com/#q=microsoft+...ation+download
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