He came in my shop once and I gave him a pirate copy of Window 98.
Yes to the 32/64bit key being the same thing. I'd argue the retail/oem key thing but you may well be right. It's very rare we see retail copies of windows, so I can't say I've tested it.
I'm definitely going to next time I do though!
Point still stands though that there's no such thing as a manufacturer specific license key.
We buy from our supplier OEM installation discs. It's just plain bog standard Windows as you would buy at retail, but with a different license key for OEM rather than retail. IE you can't use a retail key with an OEM disc.
The license key stuck to the side of your PC, right back as far as XP, is just a standard OEM key. You don't need a special disc from the manufacturer of the PC (HP, Dell etc), just the standard OEM disc from Microsoft will do.
In a nutshell, the keys aren't tied to the PC manufacturer in any way.
Not to mention that MS has done a lot of rectify the situation. With the last Windows 7 laptop I bough, the Product Key included was an actual Windows Product key that would work with any copy of Windows 7. It didn't need a special OEM disk that was available only from the manufacturer. This is much better than the old way where you'd end up with an OEM product key that was essentially useless, because you could only use it with a special CD you got from the OEM which would automatically install all the third party software anyway.
This has not been true going back as far as XP at least. The license keys can be used with any standard clean Microsoft OEM disc/ISO.
It's not by default, but can be re-enabled easily enough.
I know, it's a bit late for that once the machine doesn't boot, but for future reference : http://www.bleepingcomputer.co...
Crappy camera work but I enjoyed it anyway. Surprised I haven't seen someone do it before (I realise someone may have).
The question remains though, when did this place become digg?
From the article : "The machines can also automatically embed all the conduits for electrical, plumbing and air-conditioning, as well as place electronic sensors to monitor the building's temperature and health over time."
If he lives for another 10 years and another popular interface and storage format comes along then I'd assume (based upon the effort put in so far) that he'd replace the USB hard drive with whatever the next big thing is.
So what was your point again?