JMHO why some do not install it?
It is a Hidden thing in Windows XP that those that reformat and reinstall often, know very well, as I have found out in fixing Computers for Disadvantaged people?
In SP2 and SP1, there was always the Option of Downloading Updates without verifing the Product Code for 30 days. Enough time for a Tech to really work on the Machine in a really Bad Virus Hit and to reformat and reinstall, but to be able to do it with ALL Updates.
No way can you do that with SP3. Before you can download Updates you must validate and verify your Product Code. Then that is counted as an Install, after just a few, the Tech then has to Phone M$oft and BEG for another Product Number. That is so silly.
Edit. Hey, I do know that Pirated Copies can do the same, but only once, after 30 days they are eliminated, if they don't Verify and validate successfully, under SP2 or SP1. That is how it should be. I completely agree with that, not with SP3, that is just a Money Grab from M$oft.
Edited by Drovers Dog, 30 June 2010 - 05:15 AM.