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Originally Posted by leakyfaucet View Post
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?
What happened is you changed your system specs enough for windows to think you are more than one person. As said before, call them up and MAKE SURE YOU SAY YOU HAD TO REPLACE COMPONENTS DUE TO DAMAGE!! Like, your motherboard died, your PSU died, etc etc. If not, they are very unlikely to give you another product key.
post #12 of 21
Don't say PSU, you don't need to reinstall Windows when you replace that, obviously
    
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post #13 of 21
I reformat probably every 2 months or so, have had my computer for almost a year now. I've only used the key on this computer and haven't had a problem.
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I have never had an issue with the people on the phone. Just give them the number code and they give you the activation. if they ask, just say the hard drive crashed and it's the only system that it's installed on. Eventually, they'll just unlock your code and you'll never have to call back. That's the point I got to, and now I have no issues with reactivation when I rebuild.
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post #15 of 21
Just call the number and give them the numbers. They will ask how many computers you have this installed on, just say the one. Don't volunteer any extra info. They will give you an activation number. I have done it about 6 times with my copy of Vista.
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post #16 of 21
Calling the Microsoft Reps is not that bad. Usually they don't ask too many questions and are eager to help.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the help, guys!

This is actually on two different computers. Do you think they'll still go for it?
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post #18 of 21
Err..you use the same key?
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Maybe, but that is being rather dishonest imo.
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post #20 of 21
Why don't yal that reformat alot make a ghost disk back when i ran xp i would get it setup way i liked it then ghost it to a dvd then if it got slow or i screwed up somthing id just recover my ghost and be back to a fresh windows.
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