according to Brian Livingston ("Window Manager" columnist from InfoWorld
who recommends against using XP) the hardware detection/protection is by
design very weak

he suggests that there will be hacks freely available shortly to defeat
this obnoxious appendage

he says that if a computer is configured as 'dockable' then display, IDE
and SCSI adapters are ignored as elements of detecting hardware changes

if interested:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/evaluate/xpactiv.asp

Dennis Saputelli


Mark Richards wrote:
> 
> 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
> 
 
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