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Manage your music license with Backup and Restore

When you use Windows Media Player 8 in Windows XP to copy music from a CD to the hard drive, the sound files are protected unless you disable the Protect Content option, located in Tools | Options | Copy Music | Copy Settings. However, with this feature enabled, you won't be able to play the sound files on other computers.

In addition, this music can only be played if you have the special license that's created when you copy it to the hard drive. By default, these licenses are stored in your user profile. Since they're extremely important, it's recommended that you back them up regularly. Here's how:

1. Go to Start | Accessories | Entertainment | Windows Media Player.

2. From the Tools menu, select License Management.

3. Click the Browse button and specify the backup location.

4. Select Backup Now.

If you need to restore the license--on the same computer or other--click the Restore Now button.

Note: Microsoft tracks the number of times you restore the license and only allows it to be restored on four different computers.

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