Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP
The HP lady was talking BS!
Neither Retail nor OEM System Builder licenses take ANY notice of the BIOS tables at all.
Yep, the Key on the Microsoft sticker on the bottom of the case (on some machines it can be in the battery compartment - but that's a recent innovation for most companies.)
Actually, activation is still required. It just doesn't ask for a key, that's all. We have many HP computers on our stand-alone, non-internet network at work, and I have to call the 800 number in order to activate them.