Anyway the article on “Success Activation Error”:http://audible.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/audible.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=1232&p_created=1064346675&p_sid=cr4-qYTh&p_lva=&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPTEmcF9zb3J0X2J5PSZwX2dyaWRzb3J0PSZwX3Jvd19jbnQ9MTkzJnBfcHJvZHM9JnBfY2F0cz0mcF9wdj0mcF9jdj0mcF9zZWFyY2hfdHlwZT1hbnN3ZXJzLnNlYXJjaF9ubCZwX3BhZ2U9MSZwX3NlYXJjaF90ZXh0PWFjdGl2YXRpb24gZXJyb3I*&p_li=cF91c2VyaWQ9cmljaHRvbmcmcF9wYXNzd2Q9JnBfZW1haWw9cmljaEB0b25nZmFtaWx5LmNvbSZwX2ZpcnN0X25hbWU9UmljaCZwX2xhc3RfbmFtZT1Ub25nJnBfY2NmXzM9&p_topview=1 was exactly what was wrong. I had flipped to an account that was not a Windows XP administrator, so the registry entry for licensing was locked (!!!).
bq. If you have Windows 2000, make sure you are logged in as the admin at all times. If you are using Windows XP, make sure all running programs are not running in the system tray. Click on the Windows Start button, and go to Run and type in regedit.
bq. Click on the plus sign next to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and again on Software, and on Audible. Right click on SWIGDMAP and go to Permissions. If you receive an error choose Permissions again. In the Security tab, click on advanced, owner and on Administrator and click Apply then ok.
bq. Now you will be back at the Security Tab again. Go to add, Advance, Find Now and choose Everyone and hit OK. Click OK again click OK in Select Users or Groups and choose allow full control. Hit Apply and OK and reattempt to activate.
So in essence, the license keys are permissions locked in the registry and that gives this strange message. In my case, I had a local account name “rich”, but also an work account name “ignition\rich” and these were totally different identities on the same laptop. No wonder folks can never figure out Windows!