This is not too difficult a problem. We gave a lot of direct feedback to
MSFT when they first announced their original Vista EULA, because as
written it would have stood in the way of a lot of us who are hardware
enthusiasts and those of us who like to upgrade systems from time to time.
They modified their EULA to accomodate situations like you describe. It
should not be a problem. I can't give you a firm number on how many times
you could theoretically install a new hard drive--and it might vary, but it
shouldn't be a problem because if you were having a problem activating legit
Vista, you could call the MSFT activation number provided in
setup/activation and they would make it happen--the wait should not be long
and you tell them what you added and they will get you activated should you
run into any problems with hardware additions and upgrades.
See this article from Nick White, Product Manager, Windows Marketing
Communications that addresses your concerns directly that Nick posted on the
Vista Team blog:
News: Revision to Windows Vista retail licensing terms
If you should have to format your laptop (and this is rarely necessary) to
remove a malicious script (virus, blended threat, worm) you aren't going to
run into any activation problems.
Your questions have been asked a lot. You should be fine. If you run into
any problems, and I doubt you will because a phone call could straighten
things out, then post up.
"ChrisRay" <ChrisRay@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>I am a hardware enthusiast who upgrades and maintains is hardware maybe 3-4
> times a year. Include motherboards, hard drives ect. I also clean my
> at times with a full format due to unforseen issues ((such as viruses that
> sometimes occur))
> I recently bought two full copies of windows Vista Ultimate. ((Full
> Installs)). One for my laptop and one for my desktop. I have heard alot of
> incorrect ((or correct)) information about activation limits. Ect. And I
> wondering how much of this is true? I have a new hard drive in 2 days
> will require a full reinstall and reactivation of Windows Vista. Will this
> a problem? Am I limited on how many times I can do this?
> What about my laptop if it gets a virus? Will I have to worry about it not
> activating due to my already activating it?
> I am asking these questions because I simply dont know what to expect when
> these situations arise. I payed "alot" of money for two copies of windows
> Vista Ultimate and I'd like to assume I have the flexibility to do full
> reinstalls when my hardware changes or I am forced into a reinstall for
> whatever reason.