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?