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I had to reformat my computer recently due to an XP SP3 problem. Now I cannot download windows updates because the product key I'm using has been used more than the allowed number of uses.

I'm always hearing about how overclockers recommend reformatting every 6 months, and some even claim they reformat every 3 months. So are these people buying new copies of windows every year or so? What's the deal?
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I reformat about every 4 months and I've never had a problem reactivating windows....I've been using the same key for about 4 years now....

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I've used the same key for 2 and a half years..I don't know what to say.
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post #4 of 21
Just call the 800 number you get for your country. And you can activate by phone. I have to do it all the time I reformat my drive. Must likely it be someone from India. Just tell them you have one copy on one PC. and they will give you an activation number. It's a process but at less your windows will be activated.

Edit. You have to give them a set of 9 numbers of 6 digits
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post #5 of 21
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Originally Posted by Danbeme32 View Post
Just call the 800 number you get for your country. And you can activate by phone. I have to do it all the time I reformat my drive. Must likely it be someone from India. Just tell them you have one copy on one PC. and they will give you an activation number. It's a process but at less your windows will be activated.
exactly. i had to do this a few times when WHS kept crapping out and required a reinstall. they ask a few basic questions and then give you a new activation code.
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Yep. I have the number on speed dial

Only real question they ask you is: 'on how many computers do you have this software running?'
    
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post #7 of 21
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Yep. I have the number on speed dial

Only real question they ask you is: 'on how many computers do you have this software running?'
I think they know me by my name by now.
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post #8 of 21
Tell them you haven't made any significant hardware changes either, especially if you're using an OEM disk
    
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post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by PTRACER View Post
Tell them you haven't made any significant hardware changes either, especially if you're using an OEM disk
The only thing you are technically not allowed to change with OEM disks is your motherboard, except if your original one burnt. So just tell them that if you have to.
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Tell them you haven't made any significant hardware changes either, especially if you're using an OEM disk
I've never had them ask about hardware changes, even for OEM licenses. But then I've only called in a few times.
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