This thread is getting to be a bit off-topic, but:

In regards to Windows XP licensing, here is the link to the official
Microsoft information:

http://www.microsoft.com/piracy/basics/xp_activation.asp

To make a long story short, after installing XP, it must be "activated" by
connecting to Microsoft and allowing them to authenticate your license.
Additionally, your access code for the license is a 50-bit number which is
generated based on your computer hardware. Therefore, if you have installed
and activated Windows XP on your computer system, then you are only allowed
to change a certain amount of hardware before your license is no longer
valid and XP becomes deactivated. There is more to it, but that's the "Cliff
Notes" version.

Mark Richards
CAD Designer
Phone: 602.244.7267
Fax: 602.244.6716
Pager: 866.208.9913


----- Original Message -----
From: "Thomas" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "'Protel EDA Forum'" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Tuesday, November 20, 2001 3:52 PM
Subject: Re: [PEDA] Windows XP


> Please excuse my blissful ignorance but what is the problem with the XP
> licensing scheme?
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Mark Richards [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
> > Sent: Wednesday, 21 November 2001 8:32 AM
> > To: Protel EDA Forum; [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> > Subject: Re: [PEDA] Windows XP
> >
> >
> > I have been using Protel 99SE with windows XP Professional for about 5
> > months. I started out with the beta evaluation version of XP.
> > My impression
> > is that it is more stable than Windows 2000, and many times
> > better than
> > Win98. I have done some crude testing, such as opening 6
> > instances of Protel
> > at once, performing one or two basic operations in each instance, then
> > closing all instances of Protel. Then, I go in to the task
> > manager and check
> > for any lingering signs of Protel. So far, Windows XP has
> > done an excellent
> > job of keeping Protel in check. Performing the same test in
> > Windows 2000
> > resulted in one or more instances of Client99SE.exe lingering
> > in the task
> > manager, hogging resources. Also, I have seen a reduction in
> > crashes or
> > system lock-up. I would see an average of 1 system crash or
> > lock up each
> > day. I define a crash or lockup as any situation that
> > requires a re-boot of
> > the system. With Windows XP, I have had to re-boot less than
> > one time per
> > week. Although I am uneasy with the licensing scheme of
> > Windows XP, for me
> > it has proven to be a more stable and robust platform for Protel than
> > Windows 2000 or Windows 98.
> >
> > I would really like to hear other experiences with Windows XP.
> >
> > Mark Richards
> > CAD Designer
> > Phone: 602.244.7267
> > Fax: 602.244.6716
> > Pager: 866.208.9913
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Wayne Trow" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> > To: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> > Sent: Tuesday, November 20, 2001 1:54 PM
> > Subject: [PEDA] Windows XP
> >
> >
> > > Hi All
> > >
> > > Just wondering if anyone uses Protel99SE on WindowsXP ?
> > >
> > > Are there any problems?
> > >
> > >
> > > Wayne Trow
> > > PCB Design Technician
> > > Gallagher Group LTD
> > > Hamilton
> > > New Zealand
> > >
> >
> >
>

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