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How do you guys deal with hardware upgrades and Windows' activation?

The last time I dealt with this there was a 3-strike rule after which I had to buy a new 8.1 Pro key.
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Yerah, M$ used to be pretty lax with activations. I activated an XP key over 10 times. They tightened up things with 8.
Did You try "Phone Activation" and :Please let me speak to your supervisor."?
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Yerah, M$ used to be pretty lax with activations. I activated an XP key over 10 times. They tightened up things with 8.
Did You try "Phone Activation" and :Please let me speak to your supervisor."?

I haven't told them that but the guy on the line was pretty strict about the key going bad after 3 "major" hardware changes. I've heard this kind of thing before and really he would have had to give me a new key so yeah.
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Yerah, M$ used to be pretty lax with activations. I activated an XP key over 10 times. They tightened up things with 8.
Did You try "Phone Activation" and :Please let me speak to your supervisor."?

I haven't told them that but the guy on the line was pretty strict about the key going bad after 3 "major" hardware changes. I've heard this kind of thing before and really he would have had to give me a new key so yeah.
No, they (maybe not him though) can add more activations to a key (unless it's an Enterprise key).
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LOL the old, "Let me speak to your manager" trick to get a new product key. Some of the supervisors though from MS tech support are also quite strict nowadays and according to a friend of mine who works for MS, the product key replacement process has been so strict starting around Windows 7 and Windows 8. Even comes with a fee nowadays if you want something a new PK.

Also, if you may have noticed, MS recently struck down all Windows 7 ISO downloads and came up with a web site (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-recovery) that basically asks you for your Windows 7 PK if you want an ISO. The PK must be regular retail keys. MSDN, Technet, Volume and even OEM keys are not accepted by this web site.

To me that's a sign of them being more strict with activations and the the number of installations you can perform.
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Yeah, it's gotten much stricter...but if the moon is in the correct phase and you have good karma.....................maybe?

It used to be one of the nice ladies in India, they were always very helpfull.
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