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I bought a new PC in December last year supplied with XP Home.
July this year I upgraded the Ram from 512MB to 536MB. Two days ago I uninstalled the Pinnacle software supplied with the PC and replaced it with Nero6 Reloaded. Later that day I received a message from Microsoft stating that because the system had changed I needed to validate. I tried to do this by selecting the internet option but could not make a connection, so I clicked 'will try again'. Next morning on boot-up I was told that I had two days left to validate.
This time I used the phone option which is toll free and validated. All this trouble for a minor change to the PC's configuration ! I could appreciate it if I had changed the MOB.
but hardly "all this trouble". The call was free, and as GANDALF <|:-)> says, it probably took a couple of minutes at most.
That would have been too much hard work for anyone. Did you get plenty of rest afterwards?
I am sorry but I am going to have to dissagree , I do not think that our time is of of so little value that a user should have to do this sort of security check for Microsoft each time that a minor change is made to the computer software, more so when in this case the change was not directly related to the windows software.
I am afraid that I do not agree with either of you on this. The point of validation is to detect users of 'pirated' copies of the Windows OPS. The fact that you have made MINOR changes to your PC's configuration since it was validated does not warrant Microsofts intrusion.
As you are no doubt aware, if you wish to download Windows updates then you have to first download their validation tool. Once it is installed then it checks your validation before allowing the updates to be downloaded.
In my opinion this should suffice, and any further intrusions are not warranted.
In the example I gave in my initial post on this topic, can you explain what would have resulted to my OPS if the day following Microsofts validation request I had gone away for more than 3 days ??
"In the example I gave in my initial post on this topic, can you explain what would have resulted to my OPS if the day following Microsofts validation request I had gone away for more than 3 days ??"
I think the validation/activation screen would come up when you booted & wouldn't let you proceed further/do anything on the PC until you validated - that's it, nothing else would've happened. G
I note you say "I think the validation/activation screen would come up when you booted & wouldn't let you proceed further/do anything on the PC until you validated - that's it, nothing else would've happened. G
Not I know...I hope you are correct in your assumption !!
I will add that for the sake of Microsofts integrity you are probably correct.
No, I don't think (my mistake, sorry) - I KNOW.
It happened to me just 2-3 days after activation. I'd hooked up another hard drive (from my old PC) to copy data across. The next time (or so) when I booted it wouldn't let me enter unless I activated - basically had two options: activate or shut off. Count yourself fortunate mate - you got a 2-day grace - I got NONE!
Have to admit, it was annoying at the time, but I just got on with it. I thought no point getting worked up about something I had no control over. G
Well, since the purchase of my machine in December. I have added a 512mb stick of RAM, changed the configuration of the IDE drives, added another dvd rewriter (I now have three dvd drives installed) and added a TV card and new software.
Not once have I been asked to validate except for when I check for security updates for XP.
Lucky me eh? I'd need to schedule sometime off work, a month in advance incase it did ask me to validate especially over a FREE telephone call.
Pooke I think your PC may have “System Locked Pre-installation” or SLP. Read more here click here under 'Product Activation and new pre-loaded PCs'.
The link also contains info that explains why some of us may have differing experiences when it comes to changing hardware & activation/re-activation.
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