Thanks for clarifying, I suppose I was being to general with my explanation. That's what I was getting at, but I didn't quite get there.
To OP, without any further detail, basically no key is needed from you during install, provided you use the correct media. (I should have left it at that to begin with)
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Okay let me see if I undertand ..... I have 3 nearly identical T6X series units:
One unit with a WinXP Pro COA sticker on the bottom with the activation key numbers, plus one set of Lenovo branded WinXP Pro recovery disks sent directly to me from Lenovo, plus;
Two units with Vista Busines COA stickers sticker on the bottom with the activation key numbers, but only one
set of Lenovo branded recovery disks sent directly to me from Lenovo right after I bought new the first of these twins.
1. Do I need to order a second set of Lenovo recovery disks for the Vista twins, or will the one set I have work on both?
2. So if the SLIC code activation method does not require exlcusivity to a single instance of the BIOS, or exclusivity to a single model/configuration of hardware, is this the core reason why can I swap hard drives between not just the Vista twins, but also to the WinXp Pro machine without being asked for a activation code each time?
I actually only use WinXP Pro and have the original Vista HDDs stored unused in my spare parts drawer.