I installed Winows XP Home (SP3) Norwegian in a VirtualBox, entered a valid key. Activation window says it can't connect to the activation server, okay.. (Message ID 32777)
So I try Windows Update, so I install the genuine thing and next I am prompted by "Needs activation" with a link, (Customer support ID: 0x8DDD1001) I click the link and some IE plugin starts up, when it's done I get a message that roughly translates into:
The windows edition you are using are no longer being sold.
And then with options to purchase Windows 7.
I can connect and brows the Internet.
The time on the Windows XP is identical to the current time.
I did a google on my serial key and it didn't show up.