Re: Vista Re-activation
Yeah XP only asked to be activated once (the very first time I installed it).
From there on no matter what changes I made to the hardware (I never
switched the hard drive that OS was going to run onduring that time though) I
never had to re-activate it. I wonder if I had to re-activiate Vista simply
because I ghosted the installation of Vista onto the new HD...I mean I also
installed a new Soundcard and switched the pci slots where everything else
was and booted before I put the HD in and wasn't prompted to re-activate
then. It is a bigger change than adding a sound card. In any case, I'm
hoping Microsoft can fix the lack of re-activating online soon as the phone
option is too much of a hassle for me.
"Ron Miller" wrote:
> chronoxed wrote:
> > Just wanted to vent a little about this, as I just had to do it a minute ago.
> > First of all, the re-activation went smoothly for the most part (if you
> > don't count the fact tha the auto phone part was no good and that I shouldn't
> > have to do the phone option to do begin with--I mean I have internet access,
> > can't it be activated from the server like it initally is)? Aparrently not.
> > I mean the tech guy was effiecient for the most part too though I would
> > recommend that the tech support agents be a little more friendly with the
> > customer--I honestly felt like the agent wasn't being all that friendly.
> > Now I can understand why Microsoft did this whole re-activation thing ( and
> > them making it happen when major hardware is changed--what I changed myself
> > here is my hard drive) but it would be so much simplier if I didn't have to
> > call to reactivate. There needs to be a manual activate online option done
> > in a similar way as the phone option, I think or at least the server handling
> > the request for activation should actually know when a customer has already
> > activated and should just assign them a new activation code. I mean I did
> > not just pay 159.00 dollars for the Premium Edition to go through a bunch of
> > hassle like this. If this continues and no changes to the way this is done
> > is made I'm going to consider demanding a refund and go back to xp--it never
> > gave me this problem when I had to reinstall it or put something new in.
> XP never required reactivation? Mine does. You're supposed to be able
> to make two hardware changes over a period of 120 days without needing
> to reactivate. However, I've done something as simple as disabling an
> onboard NIC and enabling the other onboard NIC and had it bring up a
> message that I needed to reactivate Windows XP. Fortunately, in my
> case, I was able to do it over the Internet, but the point is that
> Windows Activation (and REactivation) is not something that's new in
> Vista or unique to it. It sucks big time, but it's nothing new.
> > I mean the OS itself runs great on my machine, but if I've got to worry
> > about this everytime I need to replace something or upgrade then to me it's
> > just not worth the money I paid, IMO.
> Henceforth, I think the rule about two hardware changes in 120 days will
> apply. Make more changes or make them more frequently, and Activation
> will probably be in your face again.