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Originally Posted by The Hundred Gunner View Post
If you've already activated and you put in a new mobo, XP will stop you and say you have to call (you won't be able to log in).
I ran this OEM SP2 for 9 months without activation or activation nags, too. Any hardware changes it doesn't mind, either (except for that Nero and Intervideo installs, which was settled quickly with a reboot [something about those software that changes the hardware configs, to the point Windows attempts to nag]).

But you have to know how to install Windows to be nag free (and yes it's quite legal and simple, but don't ask how as I'm not saying as it'll be abused).
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Originally Posted by The Hundred Gunner View Post
If you've already activated and you put in a new mobo, XP will stop you and say you have to call (you won't be able to log in).
Not if you do a clean install, that only happens if you do a repair or a reinstall. You must boot from the CD and let it format, then you get the 30 day option to activate.
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Not if you do a clean install, that only happens if you do a repair or a reinstall. You must boot from the CD and let it format, then you get the 30 day option to activate.
Yeah I had this but after 14 days it expired not 30 days. Not sure why tho.

I was just too lazy to phone up MS until this happened
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What's really funny is when you install a new copy of XP, find out that your clock is set to 1991, change it to the correct date and get kicked off your computer Lol.
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Well I changed Mobos about 2 times with the same HDD with Windows XP, and I never had to "activate" it.
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Note: inquirer, not enquirer. Enquirer is celebrities, aliens, and general BS, inquirer is london based computer hardware. They usually have some interesting stuff there (they had the first dell batteries catching fire story.)
Thank you for the correction! Rep points for that!
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well, the reg copies of windows have this... but not my corporate version of XP Pro no f*****g activation at all WOO
    
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Alright guys. I was about to reformat anyway and come back to XP x64 so I backed everything up and tried switching 3 different mobos. I didn't get a reactivation prompt. Hmm.
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Vista will require "periodic" reactivation regardless of hardware status.
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