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Microsoft today talked to bit-tech in a bid to reassure the enthusiast community about the licensing terms of Windows Vista

A Microsoft spokesman from the Licensing Dept told bit-tech that this would not be the case. He told us that Windows Vista will not require a system re-activation unless the hard drive and one other component is changed. This means that enthusiasts will be able to swap CPUs, memory and graphics cards out without any worry about having to re-activate with MS, either on the internet or by phone.

Should you change the hard drive and another piece of hardware - for example for a major upgrade such as a motherboard change that requires a re-installation - Microsoft will allow you to re-activate up to 10 times. You will not, however, be able to have more than one machine activated concurrently.

Should you wish to activate more than 10 times, you could be busted, or Microsoft could choose to let you activate again at its discretion.

For hardcore system enthusiasts, keeping a ghosted, activated copy of Vista with no drivers could be a good way of being able to swap around components and machines with the minimum amount of hassle
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thats somewhat good to hear, but vista is still gonna be expensive and run slow unless you have a good computer, not to mention the whole 10% fps thing I have heard about.
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So no word on the whole transfer thing?
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That's a good one
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For hardcore system enthusiasts, keeping a ghosted, activated copy of Vista with no drivers could be a good way of being able to swap around components and machines with the minimum amount of hassle
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That's a good one
Somebody want to explain ghosting? Sorry, am new to the whole ghosting idea.
    
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Thats better. Last time i heard you where screwed if you changed your hardware really.
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basically you would do a fresh install of vista and activate it. Don't install any drivers for any of your devices. Then get like Norton Ghost or any other problem that can do ghosting, and then you copy Vista over to another hard drive.

Basically you are just copying the windows image over to a blank HD, which then you keep, and then just copy over to the HD you want to use in the computer and then just load your drivers.

Which basically means you don't have to install it everytime on a new HD, nor deal with activating it.
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There's a soft called Norton Ghost that images partitions. It can be very usefull to ghost the system partition right after installing win+drivers so that the next win install (using the ghost image)can take 3 minutes or so...



*EDIT Like K092084 very well said....
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Basically it would be like getting an illegal copy of windows, but I am sure microsoft will come up with something to stop this from happening.

You can actually do this will windows xp or any other OS.
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We do alot of ghosting at work. Very easy and saves alot fo time. All the comptuer are the same, so we do installl it one of them, then just "ghost" the image to the rest of them, and it install windows and everything on them in minutes, instead of installing it on each computer seperately. Quite ingenius actually.

I could do this, and might, maybe try it, seeing that I already own nortan ghost.
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