Category Archives: Windows XP

Activate Windows from the Command Line

I build lots of VPC’s for demos, labs, prototypes, etc.  With the various flavors of Windows out there, I find it hard to find the Windows Activation icon to verify activation.

I found a new tip today to fire Windows Activation from the command line.    This technique works on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, but does not work on Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008.

No more searching to find the Windows Activation icon!

  1. Click Start > Run
  2. Type “oobe/msoobe /a”
  3. This command triggers the “Out Of Box Experience” activation application, which opens the Windows activation screen. 
  4. If Windows is already activated, it will tell you so, otherwise, you can continue to activate Windows. 


Thanks to for this useful tip!  For more info, see How To Activate Windows XP in 5 Minutes or Less. it!

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