I have got the above (Shown via msinfo32) after reinstalling some corporate devices (Laptops and desktops) using the XP SP2 OEM CD supplied by Dell.
What does it mean, as the number of days does not go down, and Windows Genuine Activation all seems to work etc?
Should I be concerned?
Guest or Limited users who view the the System Information summary details may always see the Activation Status as "Activation pending (30 days remaining)" on systems that are already activated.
Because only an Administrator can query the activation status, Limited or Guest users always receive the default 30-day grace period information.
This behavior is by design.
This is not a DELL issue.
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It means you have to Activate windows using the COA sticker on the machine.
Or you installed XP on machines that did not come with xp aka DELL OEM XP on NON DELL machines.
The goal of Product Activation is to reduce a form of piracy known as "casual copying" or "softlifting." Casual copying is a form of piracy characterized by the sharing of software between people in a way that infringes on the software's end user license agreement (EULA). For instance, Windows XP is primarily licensed for use on a single PC and without purchasing additional licenses cannot be installed on other machines. If someone were to obtain a copy of Windows XP and load it on his or her PC, then share it with a second person who loaded it on his or her PC, they would be guilty of casual copying.
OK this is where it gets weird... the machine is not prompting me to activate or anything?
Thing is, if I run msoobe /a to activate Windows, it says it is already activated.
I am using the green Dell OEM XP SP2 CD on a variety of Dell machines, including Optiplex 755. 760 and Lattitude D430, D420 etc etc....
Like I said, if I installed the OEM disc on non Dell hardware, I would expect that to be there, and expect the number of days to go down... however for all the machines I have built the number just stays at 30??
The Microsoft policy concerning disk duplication of Windows XP installations
Microsoft does not provide support for computers on which Windows XP is installed by duplication of fully installed copies of Windows XP. Microsoft does support computers on which Windows XP is installed by use of disk-duplication software and the System Preparation tool (Sysprep.exe).