Well, I just built a computer for my brother, and after loading XP, and getting to the desktop, I was expecting to see the Activation prompt. I've always gotten the prompt to activate.... on all the OEM discs I've ever used... but not this time! There was no activation tray icon, and there wasn't even an activation link in the Start menu.
This kind of took me by surprise as I've never experienced this. I know many large OEM dealers have special "pre-activated" discs, but those discs are normally labeled in some fashion as an "OEM Resource" disc... something or other. My disc looks exactly like all the other MS OEM discs I've ever seen... nice gold color, holograms embedded in the Cd itself, etc, etc.
Anyways, it didn't dawn on me to check the i386 folder for the setup.ini file or any winnt files... so... I was just curious if you guys ever ran across a similar disc with no activation... no registration prompts either, by the way. Come to think about it, it almost seems like it was slipsteamed!!