[ale] Finding desktops, laptops and hardware in Atlanat

Geoffrey esoteric at 3times25.net
Mon Mar 13 12:32:32 EST 2006

James P. Kinney III wrote:
> On Mon, 2006-03-13 at 10:14 -0500, Jeff Hubbs wrote:
>> The problem with this in practice is that when Micro Seconds, Goodwill, 
>> etc., accepts a computer, how do they know if the license is still in 
>> force?  They can't - unless MS has some sort of phone-home database that 
>> keeps track of all licenses and license holders.
> They have it in the system updater process. That's why the security
> patches now require the "new" updater tool. As long as the user name
> list hasn't changed the system just appears to have been relocated to a
> new ISP. Start adding new user accounts...

I do know that you can not take a version of oem XP from a new computer 
and install it on a different computer.  It knows what hardware it is 
supposed to be on and will not install.

This happened to me when I attempted to move the XP from a new Sony box 
to my daughter's box.  I was going to use the Sony box as a pure Linux 
box.  The software would not install on her box.

Until later, Geoffrey

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