i know that you have to reactivate, but what i was curious about was that if this activation captures hardware info, would i be able to install it on a machine that has completely different hardware? i need more info on the activation process.
If you have one copy of XP. You can install it on One PC and One laptop. I know this because I called the 1-800 number, and yes you do speak to someone live. I tried this about 6 months ago. You can't install XP on 2 desktops. So I suggest when you do call tell them that one is a laptop.
Whatever you want to do and tell MS people @ producy activation services keep this.
1. They can't expect you to answer where you install. They usually do ask you about the installation you are activating... you can tell the the truth, a lie or not answer at all. They MUST activate your installation. If they really care they can send you home checks after that (not).
2. The only information required is the country you are calling from. You are not entitled to give any other personal information. Get angry if they tell you must give them your name or address. Product registration is not obligatory on product activation.
3. Thay can't discover your hardware components through the hash you send, they can only verify that it is equal to a previously activated software.
When you call the 1-800 number you will be answered by an Automated Operator. It will as for your original Product Key, then it will generate a new Key and tell it to you. If MicroSquish has sensed a large hardware update when you first try to activate over the net you may be switched to a live Operator. to explain the reason for the drastic Hardware change. Just tell them the truth as to installing on another Computer and that you have killed the other installation completely.
Why would I be asking for a way to do this, if I wanted to install a pirate copy of xp? This has completely nothing to do with it. Why is it that everytime someone asks a question related to any serials/installations, someone already assumes its pirate related.
O.K. Misunderstanding... Now play nice or I'll take your toys and send you Home.
In all honesty you'ld be suprised how many ppl post with the intent of trying to get around the legalities of it all. And all the time saying, "Hey it's legit" So don't take it the wrong way what Ant -|- One said.
He's due for his Meds anyway.
If you have a network card installed then XP is a lot more forgiving. I managed to upgrade my motherboard, processing chip, memory and sound card all in one go without being asked to reactivate. I think that because I have two network cards. It recognised these as still being there and ignored the other changes.
About a fortnight after that I bought a new hard drive and reinstalled XP on to it. Loaded up, connected to the net and activated without any problems.
In the space of that fortnight I had essentially rebuilt my computer and the only original parts that I was still using were the two Network Cards, Graphic Card, CD Drive and Printer.
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS