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cloasters 7th August, 2006 06:29 PM

Oy vey, keeping the names straight is difficult sometimes. Peace to all and to all a good day.

radcon56 7th August, 2006 07:36 PM


Originally Posted by noob
With OEM's they sometimes keep that data on the hidden partition, therefore no need to reactivate. But if you do something as small as adding another HDD they will quite often require reactivation

I have no problem with noob, it's just that from my experience, none of what he said applies. Except for the re-install disks from the manufacturer running windows slower because they pack on so much useless crap that it drains all the resources.
I take a brand new, RAW hdd and run setup from a dell or compaq distributed windows cd on a dell or compaq for instance, and it will require no activation. I use an OEM version with no complimentary add-ons distributed by the manufacturer. The information the disk checks for is in the BIOS, not on a hidden partition. That's all.:)

noob 7th August, 2006 09:41 PM

Sorry radcon56, the information the Windows installs checks for activation is never in the bios.

The activation is similar to the cd key, but is dependent on the install ID, date, time, and hardware config, this is generated by MS at the time of activation, and dependent on the information sent by your computer, and the activation code will only work once, even if the install ID was possibly the same.

Some OEM's have a partition which have the activated files on a hidden partition and have configured the install to point to them.

Dell, Compaq/HP, and another large OEM (I forget the name now) have used VLK software as their 'OEM' software. VLK software doesn't require activation. If you ever need a new CD key for one of those 'OEM' disks, when you ring MS, the type of key most likely to work on those disks is the VLK, where the OEM and retail keys will fail. This again is something I have had to deal with when working for MS.

radcon56 8th August, 2006 02:38 AM

We agree, to disagree.:crazy:

Daniel ~ 8th August, 2006 03:14 AM

Seems fair if some what less than definitive! LOL

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