Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 29th Dec 2007 21:58 UTC
Windows Users who install Windows XP Service Pack 3 will not be required to enter Microsoft's product activation key before they use the operating system, according to a Microsoft white paper. Instead they will get a 30-day period of grace - the same as users of Windows Vista - after which they will have to enter the key to prove that the product is genuine. Problems can occur if a user legally obtains the software and, for some reason, a problem occurs with validation. By allowing a 30-day period, users have a chance to get the problem fixed while they are using the software.
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It should not effect an OEM install on legitimate hardware.

It will................

I also suspect it won't bother anyone who has modifed the DMI area of their bios to OEM activate XP also.

It will................

Software activation is so easily broken I don't know why MS wastes money on it.

You might be surprised how this plays out.

I'll offer a hint: If you activated XP via wpakill or some such shit. Y'all got a problem.

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