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
edited by Thumper to prevent thread closure
LOL how fast do you think someone can crack this?
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.
I start playing with and learning Linux next week hopefully.
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.