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I'm thinking about buying a Windows XP Home OEM installation disc...

However, once Microsoft chooses not to support Windows XP anymore, will I still be able to activate it?

For example, if I wanted to install and activate Windows XP 10 years from now, would it still work?

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Microsoft have committed to providing full support for XP until the end of 2014.

Historically Microsoft have always extended product support beyond the published dates so I think that you are quite safe in committing to XP for a long time yet.
 

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Activation is not part of support it is entirely different and if 10 years from now if you want to keep using an out-of-date OS I would say probably not. If you want to keep using it get Acronis True Image and image the system, then you do not have to worry about re-activation.
 

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Hi osrom1e

I agree, activation is not part of support. However, I think it reasonable to assume that if XP is going to be supported until 2014+ then reactivation will be available until at least that time-frame.

It would seem ridiculous to provide support for a product that you could not activate..... but then again some strange things do happen :D
 
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