Originally Posted by chevyrulz099
i think you are wrong, and heres why.
i tried all three of those programs when my computer first arrived, unformatted.
it reported the wrong key all three times.
i then reformatted, and ran the same 3 programs, all reported the same key.
when i called MS to find out what the deal was, i gave them my 64 or whatever length code from my laptop, and they said "this is your key" and sure enough it matched the bottom.
i have since tried all those programs on several other "non-dell" computers, and sure enough, same key as reported on the 6000.
maybe an experiement is in order for ya.
Perhaps you could clarify your experiment.
What "64 or whatever length code from my laptop" would this be? The key extracted by these tools or the key printed on the CoA?
Also, what Windows would these "non-Dell" computers had? Factory installed OEM Windows?? That could explain why the same key was found as on the 6000 - Microsoft could be passing on the same Gold disc to OEM manufacturers. By the way, my Dell D9100 is also reporting the same key as as my 6000 (both have XP Professional) using these tools.
I have also used these tools on retail Windows XP installations numerous times on my older Dell and other folk's non-Dell units (upgrades and non-upgrades, Home Edition and Professional), as well as a couple of "retail" OEM Windows installations (which required to go through WPA) on generic builts, and they all reported the correct key as on their CoA every time. These tools also work 100% with illegal Windows XP VLK installations I have come across in the past.
The standard key could have been embedded into the Windows setup CD. AFAIK, I have never seen the same key being used as on the CoA.
In fact, I had to activate the Dell OEM Windows on a friend's D8100 after a reformat and was not able to activate as is - it reported the Product Key was incorrect - except using the key on CoA, so your guess is as good as mine, but from a certain point of view, these tools can be interpreted as reporting the "wrong" key since it is not the same as what is printed on the CoA. Personally I would stick to using the key on the CoA anyway.