Originally Posted by Zipnogg
As for me, activation went very smoothly. When it came to d/l'ing updates from MS, I couldn't do it. So I had to do something. *backdoor*
Without taking this discussion somewhere it doesn't need to go, I live roughly 20 minutes from Microsoft headquarters and have several friends that get "special" discs with no cd key. (given out by Microsoft, 100% legit) I've used these before and have had no problem going through authentication and downloading updates. I would assume no cd key would work the same as a valid cd key, but maybe not.