In the USA if you buy a substantial piece of kit – new mother board or CPU for example you can also get a legal OEM copy of Windows that won’t require activation.
I’m often upgrading / changing hardware and am getting a bit fed up of all the activation Bull – after all I don’t have to get the manufacturer of my car to re-set and re-initialize my Engine after I’ve used more than 700 litres of gas or added some accessories.
In Europe this doesn’t seem to be possible – not a legal thing but most stores just look at you blankly when you mention OEM.
You can get it in Holland but I don’t want Windows XP in Dutch !!
Any links to stores in the US who will supply OEM Windows (must be legal – I don’t mind if I have to buy components as well – usually far cheaper in US in any case).
BTW just a footnote here to those who think that OEM Windows will allow you to use on more than 1 Machine — if you do a Windows update MS will know if it’s being used on another machine and disable it if it is - so don’t try it – if we want cheaper software (we all do I’m sure) let’s keep it legal
Same is true of office XP (corporate editions) .