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Daniel Petri

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How do I activate Windows XP by using an Unattend.txt file?
To activate Windows XP using an unattended installation procedure, add the following information to the Unattend.txt file or the Winnt.sif answer file:
In the Unattended section, type

AutoActivate = Yes

Under the UserData section, type

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ProductID = "XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX"

(Where XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX is your product key)
Your ProductID is located on the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) sticker.
Note: Every Windows XP retail installation must have a unique Product ID for activation.
If the Internet connection is through a proxy server, specify the proxy settings in the Unattend.txt file or the Winnt.sif answer file:
In the Unattended section, type

ActivateProxy=Proxy

Type your computer’s proxy settings in the Proxy section.

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