EDIT - I see in the sticky above the article I linked to was mentioned. The sticky is from June, so I assume it still worked then. CAN ANYONE CONFIRM IT STILL WORKS AS OF TODAY?
I am aware that there is a method that is 100% effective where you install the Windows 7 upgrade disk fully (I am buying a selection of brand new components with nothing on them) , then before activation to mess with a few registry values through the command prompt and it activates Windows without a problem. The process is detailed here, among many other place. This works, but all the guides to it are a year old. HAS THIS METHOD BEEN PATCHED OUT, or does it still work? I couldn't seem to find any news either way, and I don't want to rely heavily on something that could be gone.
PS: I do own a couple old copies of XP, but they are OEM and I'm not certain they'd work. Just wanted you to know I'm not a pirate!
"I do own a couple old copies of XP, but they are OEM and I'm not certain they'd work."
OEM licences are locked in to the original pc and are not transferrable, so they can't be used.
The method you describe is only valid if you own a previous full version of a qualifying Windows product.
For anybody else wondering, I have received confirmation that the registry edit method still fully works and has been patched out as of very recently. There are resources on how to do that all over the place.
OEM licenses are the stupidest **** ever, but I guess I'll have to go out and pick up a legal copy of XP on the cheap so I won't have Microsoft get mad at me.