Originally Posted by Esquire
Was it a Windows activation or for another product? Sorry I should have been more specific. I have yet to have a need to activate any of my OEM Windows
installation, so I go by what has been announced on the Internet, for examplehttp://www.betanews.com/article/Micr...ole/1109293194
Innnnnnnnnnnteresting, and thanks for the link. I can't believe it's been this long and I hadn't even heard of it. But, like the article says, it's not something that should get in the way of most users.
I got a nice little laptop that was OK except that it came with XP Home only. We have an Action Pack subscription here where I work, which comes with a few various editions of Windows. Since no one had ever used the OEM version of XP Pro that came with it, and isn't ever likely to, I wiped the laptop and started over with that OEM copy of XP. When it came time to activate, I just let it do the normal Internet activation. It went right through, smooth as can be.
The article and one of the comments mentions that this only affects the largest OEM sets. I doubt Action Pack subscriptions qualify. That's probably why I didn't have issues. I'd imagine a Dell key would put it into hysterics, though. I do know that no Dell CD will require activation when installed onto a Dell PC, but installing on another PC from that same CD will require activation. I tried that just for testing purposes, I didn't actually attempt to activate.