activate oem on other pc

Discussion in 'Windows XP / Older OS' started by Stannieman, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. Stannieman

    Stannieman MDL Guru

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    Hello,
    On vmware on my desktop I've installed xp home and pro with oem disks and I can activate them with the home oem key of my laptop and the pro oem key of my girlfriends laptop.
    No phone call, no crack, I think it are untouched oem disks (sp3 integrated). How is that possible?
     
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  2. zerocool213

    zerocool213 MDL Junior Member

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    hey

    they just mite of left the Setupp.ini file blank and saved it in the iso image plus windows does not matter sometimes its the the key that matters to microsoft
     
  3. Stannieman

    Stannieman MDL Guru

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    setupp.ini from home oem cd

    [Pid]
    ExtraData=786F687170637175716954806365EF
    Pid=76395OEM
     
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  4. spiderman_pink

    spiderman_pink MDL Member

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    by oem key on the laptop, do you mean the key on the coa sticker? if yes, the key is actually legit and most of time will pass an online activation
     
  5. Stannieman

    Stannieman MDL Guru

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    yes, the keys are on the sticker at the back of the laptops. But it are oem keys, so it shouldn't be possible to activate a vm on a completely different pc with. So why do they work? Or is it because xp is already 9 years old and MS allows you to use oem keys as retail?
     
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  6. spiderman_pink

    spiderman_pink MDL Member

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    if you notice on the sticker, the should be something like COA on it

    A Certificate of Authenticity (COA) is a label that helps you identify genuine Microsoft software. A COA is not a software license – it is a visual identifier that assists in determining whether or not the Microsoft software you are running is genuine.

    the key installed on the laptop is a different one, usually oem slp key used by manufacturers. those companies can't possibly have the time and resources to activate the systems one by one now, would they? time is money.

    so basically, the COA is just to show that the system has genuine windows. the key on the COA however, is unused. technically, you should be able to use and activate the key, but legally, that's another different matter
     
  7. Stannieman

    Stannieman MDL Guru

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    Oh, so the key actualy works just lika a retail key, even when it's already used on the laptop? So it's normal that it works, but it "isn't allowed"
     
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  8. Stannieman

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    yes I know that the factory key isn't the same as the sicker key, that's all the win7/vista slic stuff is about.
    But I've already used the sticker key on the laptop. So the laptop is activated with the same key as the vm at the same time. But shouldn't the sticker key be be binded to the laptops hardware than?
     
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    #10 spiderman_pink, Oct 16, 2009
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    for XP, its pretty much the same as win 7 and vista. only that the system is much simpler; the motherboard just needs valid dmi information, 4 oembios files on the cd and the slp key.

    lets get this straight. if i understand correctly,

    1)you have 2 coa keys; XP Home from your laptop, and XP Pro on your gfs laptop.
    2)the keys installed in your laptop, and your gfs laptop are different from the sticker, have you checked?

    so technically that means you have 2 unused keys, which explains why you can activate in VM.

    the sticker is just to show that the system has genuine software installed. it is time and labour consuming to have activate each system manually
     
  10. Stannieman

    Stannieman MDL Guru

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    no, the keys from the stickers are insalled on the laptops (I know that for shure cause I used them to reinstall windows on the laptops), so they were already used before I tried.
    And now I could activate the VM with the already used keys, thats the weird thing, cause it shouldn't be possible.
     
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  11. spiderman_pink

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    #12 spiderman_pink, Oct 17, 2009
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    ah i see, you didn't mention that before. a key can be used for 5 activations on different hardware. or is it 15, can't remember clearly. from my experience, usually 2-3 activations would be successful online, after that the key still works. only that i'd have to use the phone activation.

    you might want to check out this thread http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/6077
    if the laptops have the vendor id in the dmi, you'd be able to change your current install to and oem slp activated one. that is if you're interested to know more
     
  12. Stannieman

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    ok thanks, so the only key that's really pc binded is the slp factory key?
     
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