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I'm doing a fresh install of XP Home, SP1, and I have the SP2 CD as well.

Will XP SP2 still destroy your system if you install new hardware after installing the service pack?

Do you still need to do that software activation thing within 90 days where you have to register with Microsoft and they scan the hardware in your computer and if you don't XP SP2 destroys your system?

What do you do if you have no internet connection and want to install XP2?

Can you get it validated or activated over the phone or will it just destroy your system?


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I dont know what you mean by destroy your system. Ive installed sp2
on numerous machines without a problem. If you add new hardware you
may or may not have to reactivate. Xp is kind of flakey in how it discerns
new hardware. But even that is no big deal. If you have a internet connection
just reactivate. If not there is a phone number you can call that will
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SP2 will not destroy your system. You will only have problems with SP2 only because the problem already existed before you installed SP2. If you do a fresh install of your OS and applied SP2 you should not have a problem.

Anytime you do a full install of XP you will be prompted to activate the OS. If you do any "major" hardware changes you will be prompted to activate the OS.

If you do not have an internet connection and want to activate XP, you can do this over the phone. You will be given a 1-800 number to call and they will guide you through the activation process.

There is no destroying of the system unless you buy faulty hardware.
 
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