Windows XP Retail to OEM question

Discussion in 'Windows XP / Older OS' started by johnye_pt, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. johnye_pt

    johnye_pt MDL Addicted

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    Hi.

    I have an untouched XP Home Retail SP0 ISO (not English). If I edit SETUPP.INI's Pid value from xxxxx000 to xxxxxOEM and use oemscan 1.4.1 with a bunch of OEMBIOS sets, it installs and activates as expected when a SLP string is found in BIOS.

    What if I want t use an OEM:COA key? Is editing SETUPP.INI enough, or do I need "generic" OEMBIOS files?
    What about Retail versions of Home SP3, Pro SP0/SP3, Server 2003 Standard/Enterprise SP0/SP2, do they also need a different OEMBIOS set after editing SETUPP.INI?

    Thanks for any help ;)
     
  2. 911medic

    911medic MDL Guru

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    COA will not activate offline to my knowledge...the OS on the macine from vendor does not even use the COA. only there for licensing purposes..
     
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  3. johnye_pt

    johnye_pt MDL Addicted

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    #3 johnye_pt, Dec 11, 2012
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    Just googled about "OEM:COA activate online" and found this page at MDL. To avoid OEM:COA piracy, Microsoft disabled online activation, and now only accept phone activation after a few questions.

    I also found another page at MDL. OEM:NONSLP keys are not brand specific and still require activation.

    So my question stands: Will the SETUPP.INI suffice for Windows to accept and activate OEM:NONSLP and OEM:COA keys by phone, or do I need a "generic" OEMBIOS set and/or specific additional files?
     
  4. 911medic

    911medic MDL Guru

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    use the retail .ini and oembios sets.
     
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  5. johnye_pt

    johnye_pt MDL Addicted

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    Thanks for the help. Just for curiosity, I ran OEMBIOS-VERIFICATION.cmd on the OEMBIOS set from the untouched XP Home OEM SP0 ISO and because it's not brand specific, says it's RETAIL :biggrin:
     
  6. 911medic

    911medic MDL Guru

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    The OEMBIOS sets don't mean anything for phone activation. There are other files for that if I remember correctly.
     
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  7. Oz

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    Hardly surprising since Pro/ Home Retail and OEM (MS) share identical OEMBIOS files. Only one different is Vol.
     
  8. johnye_pt

    johnye_pt MDL Addicted

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    Just ran CDCheck to compare Home OEM and Retail, there are only 8 different files, none of significant importance (5 help files, EULA.TXT, SETUPP.INI and NT5.CAT). Pro Retail and Volume on the other hand have 8 different files, 4 OEMBIOS.*, SETUPP.INI and NT5.CAT seem also insignificant, but DPCDLL.DLL and PIDGEN.DLL make all the difference.

    So, Retail + modified SETUPP.INI + OEM:COA key + phone call = Activated OEM Windows :cool: