Volume or Retail OEM RRS feed

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  • I have purchased a copy of XP Pro SP2 and all looks fine until WGA which says it is 'volume' how can you tell before you buy if Volume or retail? I have read a few more issues whilst on the site, and get the feeling that MS are tightening the screw after SP3 on XP? Do they want users to upgrade perhaps? Maybe Linux is a better option!!

    Friday, July 10, 2009 8:52 AM


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  • Darylnev,

    Please have a look at
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    Friday, July 10, 2009 3:32 PM
  • Don't see anything that says my disc is volume apart from WGA says so. Forgive me for been sceptical but a lot of software seems to have been running OK for a long time until the latest WGA according to forum. Prices rising and support no doubt stopping soon after Windows 7 MS trying to get as much as possible from XP (very suspicious). 
    Friday, July 31, 2009 9:35 AM
  • Hello Darylnev,

    Most Volume Licensing CDs that I have used have a silk-screen overprinting on top of the normal hologrammed CD; here's an example:  The color of the overprint is different for each category of software.

    Counterfeit CDs quite often have the contents of a Volume Licensing CD and the outer appearance of a Retail or OEM CD.  One way to check on a Windows XP CD is to navigate to the setupp.ini file in the \i386 folder, open the file (it's a small text file) and look at the second section of the file called [Pid].  The last line in this section will tell the tale.  If the last three characters are "270" or "640" thru "649" the contents of the CD are Volume Licensing bits regardless of what the outward appearance is.
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    Friday, July 31, 2009 10:20 PM