Reply 20 of 20, by darry
Crimson Tibbasim wrote on 2021-05-29, 00:59:
Some retailers had activator scripts in their recovery partitions. Last time I could remember seeing one for a Dell laptop some years ago. I'm not sure if they exist somewhere on the internet and if so... it's possible for someone to try one on a non-retail version of windows Xp. Not sure if it'll work!
I would guess those scripts did nothing more than simply copy into the Windows directory the required certificates to allow Windows to enabled its OEM pre-activated state through SLP (in conjunction with SLIC OEM info in the BIOS).
Most if not all machines from large OEMs such as Dell did not require online (Internet) activation.