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Re: Windows 98SE CD Key
« Reply #15 on: June 29, 2009, 09:04:30 AM »
Now i'm curious, which Windows started having unique product keys? Me, 2000?

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Re: Windows 98SE CD Key
« Reply #16 on: June 29, 2009, 10:06:20 AM »
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Re: Windows 98SE CD Key
« Reply #17 on: June 29, 2009, 01:31:03 PM »
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Re: Windows 98SE CD Key
« Reply #18 on: June 29, 2009, 10:28:57 PM »
Most programs don't have unique product keys either.

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Re: Windows 98SE CD Key
« Reply #19 on: June 30, 2009, 06:47:02 PM »
The unique keys are so that the computer can be identified, not the disk the software came on.
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Re: Windows 98SE CD Key
« Reply #20 on: July 01, 2009, 12:23:52 AM »
The unique keys are so that the computer can be identified, not the disk the software came on.

not really, it's more a license key then anything. Once you activate a PC with that Key, however, it becomes somewhat tied to the hardware (mostly the network cards MAC address and other tidbits from the other components). So of course it would be this "activation number" that is unique to each PC. One can legally install XP on one machine, activate it, format that drive and install it to another computer; however depending on the scenario activation might not work without a phone call; basically it "reassociates" the product key with the new machine.
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