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Thread: window xp profesional retail or corp




  1. #11
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    Your workplace likely uses an ongoing Open License Agreement through Microsoft and would explain why no activation is necessary. I am hoping that we will go this route soon for our new machines that are ordered. As to your buddy who got a copy from Best Buy that required no activation, I would say that something is wrong. The Retail versions are supposed to require activation regardless if they are Home or Professional.
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    well, I just found out last night that I got Window xp professional corp version by installing sp1 using the tweektown guide. no need to activate, just using key.

    so professional version could be either home or corporate?

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    Let me see if I can try to clear things up just a bit...

    There are two versions of Microsoft Windows XP;
    - Windows XP Home
    - Windows XP Professional

    Now, there are two main ways that the OS can be purchased;
    - Retail (requires activation)
    - Open License (known as "Corporate" and requires no activation)

    What folks refer to as "The Devil's Own" is nothing more than an open license version that has been floating around for a long time now being used in conjunction with a bogus registration number. I tend to not give much regard to folks having problems with this installation since they didn't buy it anyway.

    Hopefully this helps set the matter straight. :)
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