bluedak11
2006-01-25T23:07:01Z
I've had to reformat and reinstall my os a few times because of problems, and this time when I try to activate xp it tells me the key is expired, and I have to call customer support. I did and got a new key with no problem but it took a while as you can expect. Do I need to go through this every time from now on that I need to reinstall xp? I never knew about this.

Oh yeah I forgot to mention I just switched to a new mobo, that probably answers my question right?
tk623
2006-01-26T06:39:39Z
Yep, that pretty much answers your question.

Making big hardware changes will require you to reactivate Windows.
Drago
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2006-01-26T12:53:37Z
Anytime you have to reformat before 6 months of the last activation of windows you will have to call microsoft and explain what has happened.
Elsparrow
2006-01-26T13:38:10Z
I rang MS up the other day to get mine reactivated. Amazingly mine's an OEM copy so tbh shud be with the pc I sold but oh well.

All they asked is it on any other pc atm and of course it isn't and another question. Not once did they ask am I on the original hardware......
xtremeskier97
2006-01-26T13:41:40Z
Elsp...it doesnt matter if it's on the original hardware...you own the software. As long as it isnt on more than 1 computer at a time..you are legit. Now if you sold that system with the same Windows on it that you have on yours..THAT is illegal. Shame on you
Elsparrow
2006-01-26T13:59:59Z
Nah I formatted windows and the pr0n off before I sold it ^_^
xtremeskier97
2006-01-27T14:24:40Z
So you sold the computer with NO windows installed on it? If so...then you are good.
Elsparrow
2006-01-27T14:36:08Z
Yeah but a 2nd mate installed a windows pirate on it ^_^

Ah well I never broken copyright laws.....well apart from Office 2000 Pro, Visual Studios 6, Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop CS.....
xtremeskier97
2006-01-27T14:42:13Z
lol...alright...enough of this before you get in trouble.