Activation for XP Pro vs XP

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Activation for XP Pro vs XP

Postby jackdav » Sun Sep 01, 2002 9:45 am

I just built a PC for the first time, leaning heavily on Motherboards.org for advice and moral support. I ordered a boxed collectors version of Windows XP Professional for about $50 which came with a little Microsoft baseball, "Bobblehead" and some Microsoft bubblegum. I wish I could remember who put me onto the deal because it was really a bargain (even though I did have to spend anbout an hour filling out forms and surveys online) and I'd like to thank them...... but when I installed XP Pro I did a complete new install and wiped out all evidence of whoever it was.

The actual question:

I bought the "Pro" instead of the regular XP because someone on one ofthe fora suggested that with Pro, unlike regular XP, you don't have to activate the OS by having your computer phone home. I was thinking that it would be nice to have XP Pro on a laptop also, but I wonder what difficulties I would encounter if I tried to do it.
Does anyone know the "skinny" on XP, XP Pro, and the activation and registration issue? I don't think I could find the site where I bought XP for $50 and I don't think they'd let me order another one anyway.

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Postby GillianTan » Sun Sep 01, 2002 2:46 pm

The only copy of XP that you do not have to register is the corporate edition, which you cannot buy anyway.
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Postby Zero » Sun Sep 01, 2002 6:30 pm

Zero wrote:on winxp home edition u have to intensly register it your name home phone number all kinds of crap
on winxp pro no regitration is required all u need is the cd key and your done
pro and home can be bought at futureshop or watever computer store
u can also have winxp pro on multiple computers with no problem since
u dont have to register
ya i know i suck at typing
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Postby GillianTan » Sun Sep 01, 2002 6:31 pm

Zero, that is wrong.

XP Professional you need to fill out the same registration and activation that you do with XP Home.

Xp Professional "Corporate Edition" is the version that you do not need to activate. But you need to be a corporation or have a nice friend to give you a copy.
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Postby Hardware Junkie » Sun Sep 01, 2002 6:51 pm

But you need to be a corporation or have a nice friend to give you a copy.


Windows XP Professional and Corp Edition are both the same. Only the keys used to register Windows are different.
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Postby GillianTan » Sun Sep 01, 2002 7:25 pm

Yeah your right Junkie, thats what I was tryin to say :wink:
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So .... what happens? Bill Gates sends the Software Police?

Postby jackdav » Sun Sep 01, 2002 7:51 pm

Does one of your OS just quit working? Do they arrest you and fine you a couple thousand?

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Postby Hardware Junkie » Sun Sep 01, 2002 8:14 pm

Does one of your OS just quit working? Do they arrest you and fine you a couple thousand?


If ????

If you use a stolen Corp key then possibly...the next major update in September is supposed to take down people using stolen corp keys.
If you use a key that is being used by someone else, then it will not allow you to continue..
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Postby Phillipste » Tue Sep 03, 2002 11:45 am

You guys seem to be confusing registration with Activation. They are two seperate processes. The activation process does not send any personal information. You are not required to register in order to activate.

However the activation process does count or notice how many times the key has been used. You cannot use the same key over and over.
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Postby ROADMASTER 5150 » Wed Sep 18, 2002 6:32 pm

Being that I've just Retired from my Biz, How many Copys Of XP Pro. Corp Ed. Do You Want.?? I've Got 4 Copys left. And Win XP in this Biz is, and nor will it ever be used. To many bugs.
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