OEM XP disc has a mind of its own
by JimT. - 5/6/12 6:42 PM
About a year ago I bought an OEM copy of Win XP SP3 and installed it on a self-built computer. No problems. A few months later I wiped the drive and reinstalled. No problems.
Now I just built a much faster computer and went to install the system on it. I used the product key that came with the disc and it was rejected as not being valid.
I understand that Microsoft wants people to buy the OS each time they move up to a better PC (if OEM), but I don't understand how a non-writable plastic disc can know that it's being installed on a different computer. For that matter, how it can know anything at all. It's just a disc. As far as it's concerned, it was born yesterday and this is its first day on the job.
So why is the OS rejecting the key that came with the disc?