Solved: Pulled a HDD, and got Activ. prompt. ?

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No, didn't ADD hardware, I pulled it - a single SATA drive, and the re-booted, and got the 3-day prompt to activate.

I called the number, and since I had no install ID, I had to talk with a rep, but none available at this time. UGH.

How does PULLING hardware trigger this prompt?
 
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If that was the original hard drive that Windows was installed on, it makes up 2 of the 10 parts (Votes) of the hardware signature. The model and size of the drive is one vote, the Volume serial number (assigned when it was formatted) is another. Removing the drive loses those two "votes". If you change three "votes" you have to activate. If you changed the amount of RAM in the system, that would be another vote, so removing the drive could trigger the need to activate.

See this article for more info:
Windows Product Activation (WPA) on Windows XP
 
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