When installing XP on any of the Dell systems I have, there is no XP activation necessary. I was wondering, does anyone know what it is about Dell's BIOS which causes this? My assumption would be manually plugging a DELL or some similar term somewhere in the BIOS would permit activationless XP... I'm unsure manually plugging in the term DELL to a patch myself in my home (or similar term) would be violative of any trademark or copyright anyway (it's legal to type Dell for example here, thus it exists in my memory). Anyway, it'd be interesting to read any thoughts people may have about why Dell systems avoid activation and if it's possible to mimic the feature, then question concerns about the legality if possible.