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 PostPost subject: Windows XP Professional SP2 C        Posted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 5:10 pm 
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This is not Service Pack 3 ... it's Service Pack 2C. Apparently since Microsoft has run out of OEM product keys for XP Professional (though not home, media center or tablet), they are creating XP Pro SP2 C which takes different keys. It's still OEM media though, and there are absolutely no functionality or branding changes. The only real difference is that it will take a different range of product keys.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 8:35 pm 
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I wonder how long it will take for this to be 'hacked' by pirates and crackers?

My money's on 2 days or less :wink:


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 8:53 pm 
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Nothing to hack really, it just has updated key algorithm files so that it accepts a greater range of keys than the existing discs.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 12:28 am 
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Nothing to hack really, it just has updated key algorithm files so that it accepts a greater range of keys than the existing discs.


They'll find something :) lol

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 1:06 am 
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I wonder... What does this say about windows vista that they need more xp keys? Also, what does this say about the mac os that they have run out of 25 digit alphanumeric codes, and apple is still 3% of the market?


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 1:09 am 
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with 25 alphanumeric digits its almost impossible to run out. Its the algorithm they use thats making them run out so quickly.

Just think you could have a key thats

AAAAA AAAAA AAAAA AAAAA AAAAA

then

AAAAA AAAAA AAAAA AAAAA AAAAB

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It would take a very very long time to run out.

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With an alphanumeric key of 25 characters, you could have a possible 36^25 keys, which works out to be a number 38 digits long. Its impossible for anyone to run out.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 3:28 am 
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hounsell wrote:
With an alphanumeric key of 25 characters, you could have a possible 36^25 keys, which works out to be a number 38 digits long. Its impossible for anyone to run out.

Keep in mind not all possible combinations are available as 25-digit keys are also used for other products, and these keys aren't interchangable, e.g. a Windows 2000 PID won't work on XP and vice versa. -


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empireum wrote:
hounsell wrote:
With an alphanumeric key of 25 characters, you could have a possible 36^25 keys, which works out to be a number 38 digits long. Its impossible for anyone to run out.

Keep in mind not all possible combinations are available as 25-digit keys are also used for other products, and these keys aren't interchangable, e.g. a Windows 2000 PID won't work on XP and vice versa. -


You'd still find it impossible to run out though :)

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I wonder how many keys they set aside for each product that uses the 25-character keys then? Clearly they underestimated the number of XP Pro keys that would be issued as I'm sure they aim to have more than enough keys available from the product's release for the number they expect to need.

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