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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umm. SATA drivers are a different story. If you are using an augmented motherboard (i.e. has an extra chip for SATA connections), which are older, you need to insert a floppy since BIOS cannot directly map your disks but this external chip does (because the external chip has its own BIOS) so windows can access to chip via drivers and detect your disks.

But, if your motherboard has a SATA controller embedded in to southbridge (nForce4, P965 and newer), your BIOS will see and map your disks directly so windows installer.

Edit: Cleared some ambigious parts.

Edited 2008-01-01 08:35

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