No, they didn't.
- From: Danny Ross
- Date: Fri, 01 Aug 2008 20:03:39 -0700
It's all described here:
It's talking about Vista but the principle is the same for XP. Basically, the key you discovered using Everest (et al.) was a key used during OEM install that produces a PC that doesn't have to be activated.
'Cos that would be a big pain for PC manufacturers and big IT departments
More info is on:
Personally I don't know why Microsoft bother as WGA cracks and by-pass techniques are all over the web.