Puzzling XP validation situation

Discussion in 'Windows XP / Older OS' started by paul1149, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. paul1149

    paul1149 MDL Novice

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    Hello digital lifers,

    I've got a strange validation issue on my hands. I have a gateway kav60 XP netbook without hard drive or coa. So I cloned the drive of an XP gateway lt20 and put it in, thinking I would run the recovery partition from it and pick up the motherboard's coa number directly. But just for kicks I let the C drive boot. When XP came up (without any driver errors) I then went to Windows update, successfully. So I then validated online - successfully. To be sure, I rebooted and validated again - successfully once again. MSE is also running fine.

    As I understand it, this shouldn't have happened. The product ID should have clashed with the MB, and validation should have failed. I don't want this validation to fail down the road when the machine is in someone else's possession. What's going on here?
     
  2. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    SLP 1.0 for xp and SLIC 2.1 for 7 . they dont have a key in bios.. slic 2.2 does for win8

    its called Offline product activation aka OPA
     
  3. urie

    urie Moderator
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    XP OEM:SLP activation requires manufacturer string in DMI area in bios + OEM:SLP key and OEMBIOS files all. So SLP key would have been use on the cloned drive along with OEMBIOS files and you had Gateway string in DMi area so you would pre-activate.
     
  4. paul1149

    paul1149 MDL Novice

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    Wow, that is a pleasant surprise. So I guess I needn't fear this thing slipping into invalidation? Thanks much.
     
  5. urie

    urie Moderator
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    No fear of invalidation you are genuinely activated :D you can also use OEMBIOS-Backup script it will backup your oembios file and make you a Winnt.sif file that you could use in future to make up OEM:SLP cd.
     
  6. paul1149

    paul1149 MDL Novice

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    Thanks again. I had trouble posting the other day, but came back to thank you. Blessings.