Seems others have asked the question
"you'll eventually have
to reinstall it. And that means you'll have to reactivate it--a job that
requires Microsoft's cooperation.
That's a serious concern considering how much Microsoft wishes that
Windows XP would just go away. They have promised to stop supporting the
operating system in April of 2014.
But Microsoft has assured me that they will continue to activate XP.
Their exact words: "The end of Windows XP support will not affect
activation, but rather security updates and phone/online technical
However, at Microsoft you get at best a stupid answer, at worst a misleading one. Remember, XP is the first OS with activation and the later genuine advantage. Windows 2000 and earlier did not have it.
"End of support means no new updates.
You can still activate NT3, NT4, & 2000, so there is no reason to
think you could not activate XP after support is terminated."
"Here's a concise lineup of all the known dates for Windows XP's remaining lifespan, and what they all mean:
April 2011: The final month
that Microsoft allowed new PC sales to have direct installations of
Windows XP. Dell, HP, and Lenovo were some of the known vendors offering
PCs until this date with the old OS.
April 8, 2014: Per Microsoft's official Lifecycle policy
on Windows XP, extended support for the platform goes dark on this day.
Outside of very critical security flaws that may crop up, no more
general patches will be released for the OS to fix functional or
security related issues.
January 14, 2020: The final month that customers on Windows 7 will have "downgrade rights" to move back to Windows XP. Microsoft extended this date
as a courtesy to business customers who have definite business
requirements for the OS. By no means is Microsoft offering this as a
green-light to continue using the OS this long for normal day-to-day
production however as users will be open to all known security risks
April 2014 beyond.
Will XP Still be Capable of Activating After April 8, 2014?
This feature will still exist according to Microsoft. In a posting on PC World, Microsoft publicly responded to affirm that Windows XP activation will be unaffected
by the Windows XP support end date. For any customers that need (or
choose) to set up new systems running XP, they will still be able to
legally activate their machines to take advantage of all the remaining
patches being released for XP."
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