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Madeye replied to Bezalel's topic in Unattended Windows 2000/XP/2003Hi I now found out what thw problem was / is. First, as you may know or not, in Europe it's perfectly legal to buy OEM licenses and install the xp on a different system, than that which the OEM license is from...it may not be so in the USA. It is legal as long as it is only installed once and you got the COA key sticker and CD and booklet. So, now I got a legal xp home that was activated correctly many times on my PC, never any prob with that when calling Microsoft´s Activation Hotline. The first time, after buying the license and cd I had to answer the usual two questions: 1. is this an OEM license - yes, 2. on how many systems is it installed - 1. Since then I've installed xp on my system many times and have been able to activate correctly after - recently I formatted 10 GB less on my hard drive when installing and created a second partition with the rest of the system and use the FREEWARE TOOL http://www.drivesnapshot.de/en/down.htm : Now this is the BEST software for creating backups I've ever encountered: 1. it is only one single, small file 2. You can make a backup of you Windows or Linux system while WORKING: we even made backups of file servers while they were up and running in the network - never any problem recovering those! 3. The program lets you backup your system for a number of days (I think 30) but from then on you may always RESTORE the system! Just use the rescue disk described on the homepage or build a Bart's PE or rescue CD. (With BARTS PE snapshot only lets you recover files ON A HARDDISK) I think it is even better than TrueImage and other programs, because it is free and so easy to use!! Try it I still think it obnoxious to have to activate my xp each time after installing it, but there seems to be no way to skip the SLP bios check in a legal way, and I want t have a legally activated CD -- I mean, that's what I bought it for. I used Windows 2000 for a number of years and never had to activate, so I think the xp activation sucks!! Because my PC doesn't have a SLP-recognized bios the pre-activation won't ever work on my PC - or so it seems. Do you know any way to pass the BIOS lock for regular PCs?
Madeye replied to Bezalel's topic in Unattended Windows 2000/XP/2003Hi! I've got a License from a Toshiba computer I got on Ebay, I installed and activated it by telephone, using the key from the COA sticker. It worked. But, now that I had to reinstall XP a couple of times I get tired of phoning Microsoft each f***ing time I reinstalled Windows XP The problem is, I had to build a home cd from my recovery cd, using the instructions on http://www.neowin.net/forum/lofiversion/in...hp/t219260.html and http://forums.techguy.org/tech-tips-tricks...on-cd-your.html (because my system is no Toshiba Notebook, but I own only the license. This is LEGAL - I looked it up, and Microsoft doesn't deny it!) I could install and activate it correctly! But now I read in this thread that I could create a pre-activated cd, I reinstalled the recovery on a free partition and created the files OEMBIOS.CA_ OEMBIOS.BI_ OEMBIOS.DA_ OEMBIOS.SI_ with the great script on this cd, creating the Winnt.sif with the Jellybean keyfinder from the recovered partition. I used the I386-folder from the recovery partition and copied the above files over them. I burned the cd installed the cd without problems BUT I STILL HAT TO ACTIVATE WINDOWS In another thread it said to include the files DPCDLL.DL_ OEMBIOS.BI_ OEMBIOS.CA_ OEMBIOS.DA_ OEMBIOS.SI_ PIDGEN.DLL SETUPP.INI SETUPREG.HIV (and maybe the OOBEINFO.IN_) from the oiriginal cd, but these are already there in the i386 folder on the recovered Toshiba partition! Should I maybe create them the same way I created the oembios-files ? Thanx very much for your help!!!