Product Key Verification
Posted on 2005-05-03
My computer seems to get trashed a lot by viruses, adware, etc.,
and so I wind up reloading the operating system frequently. Its
a pretty vanilla system, so I just find it easier than fighting
to restore it all the time.
Anyway, since I do this a lot, I thought I'd burn a slipstreamed
CD with the latest service pack to streamline the process. While
I was at it, I thought I'd also tweak it to whatever extent I
could to make my life easier.
One of the things I read about <somewhere ?> on the internet, was
that you could modify a file on the CD so that it wouldn't always
ask for the Product Key. I thought, Why not? That’s always tedious,
so I followed the instructions. It told me to change the letters
"OEM" to a certain number, and I supposed it somehow knew the rest
of the code <magically ?> ...
Now that I think about it, how could it know? I had supposed that
maybe it knew all along, (that it was somehow burned-in) and it
only made you type it to verify that you knew it too... But that
would mean that media was not interchangeable, and I always thought
it was (?!)
To get to the point, I made the CD, and it worked like a champ.
It didn't ask for my key, and it did install just fine. But now
I'm concerned that perhaps it didn't use the right key.
(1) How can I verify whether it did use my correct key?
(2) If its not possible, (as I suspect) then who's key did
it use? The system IS working!
(3) How can I fix this so it works the way I intended, WITH
MY CORRECT KEY?