Windows XP query?

  Effie 17:26 28 Feb 04

I am just about to install a windows XP OP for the first time on my new machine. I have been told that it needs to be activated within 30 days for use with that same machine.

My query is this,if I need to either:

(1) Reformat the hard drive for some reason
(2) upgrade to a better hard drive,

will there be any problems involved with re-activation?

  Forum Editor 17:32 28 Feb 04

provided the activation centre doesn't detect that the software has been installed on a new computer.

When you instal WinXP it creates a unique 'hash' containing information about the hardware configuration of your machine. If you alter the configuration substantially - say by installing a new motherboard - the automatic activator may stop the activation and ask you to phone a Microsoft activation operator so you can explain the situation.

In practice it all works well, and you'll have no problems. Enjoy WindowsXP.

  powerless 17:32 28 Feb 04

1) Activate like you did the first time.

2) XP should have no problem so just activate like the first time.

There is a maximum number of activations allowed before you have to call MS.

  Effie 17:44 28 Feb 04

Thanks both of you. Thats one less worry for me!

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