I have an office with 6 workstations and one server. Because of an upgrade on our accounting software, we were advised we would need to upgrade our workstations from Win 2000 Pro to Win XP Pro for it to work.
So I did some online shopping and found someone (high ratings on Amazon) who was selling Win XP Pro Upgrade w/sp2 VL. I wrote to him to ask if it included the license (I never take it for granted) and he wrote back and said each disk came with 3 licenses. Goody! So I ordered 2 disks figuring that would take care of my 6 computers. I installed it on the first computer and then it told me I would need to activate it, so I went ahead and did that. Then I install it onto the second computer from that same disk. When it got to the part saying I had 30 days to activate and I, again, typed in the key to activate, it said "sorry, buddy, but you've exceeded the maximum number of installations for this key. Give me another one." Well, I don't have another one. The disk came with only one Product Key.
I wrote back to the guy and said "what's the deal?" and he wrote back saying I did it wrong. He said I'm supposed to install it on all three computers and after the 3rd installation THEN I activate. (would have been nice if he told me that in the first place).
Anyway, I wrote back again saying how exactly does one go about doing that since I would think even if I did it as he said and activated the 3rd computer after it's install, wouldn't the same thing happen when I went back to the 2 previous computers and tried to activate, i.e. I would be told "you already used this number to activate, can't do it again". He hasn't written back this time. Not a good sign.
Okay, so does this make any sense? Is there such thing as being able to activate 3 computers off the same Key? And, if so, what makes the online activation magically work for the first 2 computers just because I don't activate until after the 3rd computer is installed?
Thanks for your help in advance.