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post #11 of 22
Get a Corp edition version of the Windows OS and this becomes a non-issue...
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Originally Posted by Renegade5399
Get a Corp edition version of the Windows OS and this becomes a non-issue...
Thats the way i do it never had a problem in 3 years
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This is not a big deal, as long as you are only using it on 1 computer at a time you can get it activated (one way or another)
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hes right, but you will have to call them. unless they are being really strict and they you cant.
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post #15 of 22
my xp is an OEM key... i changed mobo... it asked for reactivation, i called & it was a machine, you tell it #'s & it tells you more #'s & that's it, reactivated

how else can MS tell if you have it installed on 1 comp according to license

at least it's not calling home every logon
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post #16 of 22
Any more talk of piracy and the thread is locked. Vent at MS, make a voodoo doll of Bill, whatever, but keep it legal
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Originally Posted by claymanhb
This is OEM only though. Basically for pre-built systems only.

Or for those who don't need to pay extra for a box and printed manual and buy the OEM discs....


I could understand if this was for pre-built systems....like if you buy a Dell and then go out an buy a new mobo later and put it int he dell case....I can ALMOST see that being within reason.......but yeah, if I buy your OS, it's mine......having it on more than one computer at a time is different.....telling me I can't upgrade my computer without giving you more money?




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LOL how fast do you think someone can crack this?

edited by Thumper to prevent thread closure

this isn't "new" per say, the whole activation thing has been in since the begining of XP, you would just call customer service and verify your registration (after being on hold for like 3 hours) and they'd give you an activation code or something, or flip a switch that made it recognize you again through the internet.

This just means that they will no longer be doing that and you will be forced to buy a new OS.



Ah, M$.........LOL


I start playing with and learning Linux next week hopefully.


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Originally Posted by kn00tcn
my xp is an OEM key... i changed mobo... it asked for reactivation, i called & it was a machine, you tell it #'s & it tells you more #'s & that's it, reactivated

how else can MS tell if you have it installed on 1 comp according to license

at least it's not calling home every logon

Have you done this recently? That is the old way, yes....but this article is dated 2-15-06 and states the change was made recently........

And how they can tell if it's on more than one machine at once is that each key is good for just one machine. When you go to activate the OS if that key is onfile as already being activated, that's when it tells you you can not activate.
post #18 of 22
Wow.... microsoft is using it monopoly on its OS to hold consumers by the balls alright..
    
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post #19 of 22
My copy of XP is direct from Microsoft and requires an internet connection to install. That way if I reinstall in a new machine, it automatically deactivates my old one. MS sent me this after having trouble validating an OEM copy I bought online. They told me it was genuine, they were just having trouble with some copies at the time.
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post #20 of 22
have i done it recently?? like between christmas & new year's... so almost a couple months...

all the articles i read online about OEM xp got me wondering if i could even change the mobo, but it was easy (i also totally avoided the 'repair install' with default ide drivers hehe)
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