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When hardware components are changed, Microsoft's product activation process compares information derived from the initial validation, which includes the hardware configuration of the device, against the changes that have been made. This process uses an algorithm to help assess whether the software is installed on the same device. Validation will fail if the software detects a substantially different hardware configuration.

At that point, the customer is able to use the one reassignment for the new device. If, after using its one reassignment right, a customer again exceeds the tolerance for updated components, the customer can purchase an additional license or seek remediation through Microsoft's support services.
Looks like it's back to where we started, one major upgrade.

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Still better then having to buy it again...but still going to hold some back from going Vista still.
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seek remediation through Microsoft's support services. That doesn't sound too bad to me, call MS support up and say that you've upgraded your PC again but its the same machine, give me another authorization and they should be willing to do so. Kinda like with iTunes, if you authorize more than 5 machines you can have that counter reset and start over.
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Sure, but even so, sometimes the outsourced help gets lippy regarding the activation. Not poking fun, but hilarity is at its best when an Indian gentleman still perfecting his English dialect begins to get "snippy" with me over the phone regarding my activation. "I believe I have spoken to you before, sir. You cannot keep calling!" I couldn't believe what I was hearing. Then he actually accused me of piracy. I don't need that every time I upgarde or have problems with their system, especially after paying said amount for such services...
    
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Its not as bad as it seems. really

You will still be able to change parts, its only when you go to the extreme the that Microsoft will say hey thats a new computer!!

Say like you change your you cpu and ram no problem you got the same hard drive and mobo, pass. You change you video card and hard drives still the same mobo and cpu, pass. You change your dvd burner, hardrive, cpu,ram, still thesame motherboard and video card, pass. You change your mobo, cpu, ram, hardrive, video card, twice? microsoft wants to know whats up.

The chances of you changing all these parts at the same time are slim to never, to 99% of people who use computers. And this is the same system that xp uses. All oem users of xp are under the same restrictions as vista, regarding hardware replacement. This is nothing new.

And I "assume" its as simple as calling up and saying hey, new parts need validation.
 
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Well, I pretty much have had it with this crap. I no loner will not upgrade to vista nor my whole computer. I gotta find me a new hobby.
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Its not as bad as it seems. really

You will still be able to change parts, its only when you go to the extreme the that Microsoft will say hey thats a new computer!!

Say like you change your you cpu and ram no problem you got the same hard drive and mobo, pass. You change you video card and hard drives still the same mobo and cpu, pass. You change your dvd burner, hardrive, cpu,ram, still thesame motherboard and video card, pass. You change your mobo, cpu, ram, hardrive, video card, twice? microsoft wants to know whats up.

The chances of you changing all these parts at the same time are slim to never, to 99% of people who use computers. And this is the same system that xp uses. All oem users of xp are under the same restrictions as vista, regarding hardware replacement. This is nothing new.

And I "assume" its as simple as calling up and saying hey, new parts need validation.
I guess my whole point is, as everyone else seems to agree, why the hell would I pay for something(hefty price too), then have to answer or check in every time I upgrade a system spec? The whole point of paying so much is the service. They complain about piracy, but that is the cost of doing business. Yes, they can have reaosnable safeguards, but they mat turn-off many users, and as I stated before, Linux could be making some serious cash if the creators decided to capitalize on a newly updated revision over the next few years, especially in the enthusiast category.
    
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What's up with this? M$ is eventually going to lose all its customers -_-"
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I think im going out on a limb here by defending Microsoft. but really the chances of you having to call microsoft from changing parts is very slim.

Like I said before this is the same thing xp used but supposidly the algorithim is actually better so there even less chance you will have to call them. How many times have you had to call microsoft about your xp validation? Im guessing never.
Though I could be wrong and evertime you change your FSB 1 mhz microsoft will be knocking on your door. knock knock "Who's there?" "Goons","who" "hired goons"
 
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