activation after a hardware change

Hi all,

I just have a quick question, since I am really new to this stuff and I am not sure what to do. I have a PC with Windows XP that came with it (I think it's called OEM? I am not sure). I recently changed my graphics card. I have no real problems with my PC, but in many cases it just slows down so much. Sometimes it takes 5 minutes to turn off...some games have stopped working, like Portal, and deleting it and downloading it again from Steam doesn't change a thing.

Anyway, I want to do a clean install, format my hard disc and start all over. What I want to ask is after the hardware change will I have problems with the activation? Will it still work? Is it no longer an issue (with Vista being what they make money from nowadays)?

I'd appreciate any help. Thank you.
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  1. You can still activate Windows XP with no problem.

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