I've got here a customer's Dell Optiplex GX620 (out of support from Dell) that came with its preinstalled Windows XP (out of support from MS) and its "install media" (read: dell-branded windows xp sp2 install cd). We had to replace the (failed) harddisk and then I begun to reinstall WindowsXP using the cd that came with the system.
Problem is, it didn't ask for any activation code, so I got an installed system with a serial number different than the one on the sticker.
Is that normal? Would that system survive the genuine verification tool that will come via windows update? Is that system 'legal'?
The sticker on the pc has an activation code along with its serial number in the form 00045-617-192-xxx, and the installed windows xp got a serial in the form 76435-OEM-0011903-00xxx. There is no windows activation stuff in Applications > Accessories > System Utilities, and Windows Update would want to install the WGA thing (KB905474).