Re-activation after a FAT32 Convert to NTFS?
Posted 20 October 2006 - 10:22 AM
Posted 20 October 2006 - 10:26 AM
Posted 20 October 2006 - 04:09 PM
Did a FAT32 to NTFS conversion on a 60GB HD that was was partitioned into 3 drives (C/D/E), but at the end of the 1st convert (drive C) the WinXP Registration/Activation screens came up. Should that have happened? The WinXP Home I have installed on C is legal and previously registered and activated.
It can happen, because Windows looks at the serial number of the hard drive when it was first formatted. Converting the drive to NTFS changes this number, and if you've changed other parts of the system as well gradually since it was first activated, there comes a point where Windows will want reactivating.
These changes can include upping/downing the amount of memory, changing the processor or even the graphics card. A full list can be found here: http://www.aumha.org/win5/a/wpa.php
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