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By what I read, after Vista is installed on 2 different motherboards, there's no more activations.

Example: Install on the machine. Later, upgrade motherboard. If you try again after that second time, you're done, and have to repurchase the OS.

Not sure about a limit on installing on the same machine... but I know that after installing XP 6 times on the same machine, I seen this...

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That's actually innacurate. Note the "If you think you have reached this message in error" line. If you call M$, and explain that you have removed XP from the previous machine, they will give you a good activation code. It's a hassle, but better than spending money on a new OS. (I did it not 6 months ago)

*This applies only to retail versions of XP...Vista might be different; I don't put anything past Ballmer's desire to make a buck.
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If you buy Retail, you can use the key as many times as you want on a single PC at a time. If you want it on more than one at any given time, you need to buy Corporate batches.
    
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It can be delayed, that's for sure.

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post #15 of 19
As for hardware changes... both XP and Vista have a secret algorithm that determines if it is a new PC. Change just a CPU and you maybe fine... change a CPU and HD in a week and you might be asked to re-activate.
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That's actually innacurate. Note the "If you think you have reached this message in error" line. If you call M$, and explain that you have removed XP from the previous machine, they will give you a good activation code. It's a hassle, but better than spending money on a new OS. (I did it not 6 months ago)

*This applies only to retail versions of XP...Vista might be different; I don't put anything past Ballmer's desire to make a buck.
It was an OEM disc. I burned a recovery disc from a Dell that ended up actually being a clean installation disc, and I had an OEM key from an old fried Compaq laptop that my friend gave me long ago (key was unused). That's what I was using.

Since I had my activation files and settings backed up, and a disc image, I didn't bother calling the number.



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As for hardware changes... both XP and Vista have a secret algorithm that determines if it is a new PC. Change just a CPU and you maybe fine... change a CPU and HD in a week and you might be asked to re-activate.
XP allows for 6 hardware changes in between activations. The only change I made to my PC was installing another stick of 512MB RAM. For some reason, Windows decided to reinstall ALL my drivers, and triggered the activation notice.
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As for hardware changes... both XP and Vista have a secret algorithm that determines if it is a new PC. Change just a CPU and you maybe fine... change a CPU and HD in a week and you might be asked to re-activate.
True. This was reported out as a bug in Vista, but I'm not sure if it's been fixed or not.
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post #18 of 19
its just like xp if you mess you pc up reinsall cd,sometimes it will activate but most of the time you will have to call to react. simple,vista in the early stages im sure they will be diliget in piracy
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