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  • Question

  • I may have missed this somewhere, but if the licence key is being hashed with the hardware configuration; what happens when I upgrade my hardware (as I inevitably will)?.

    Does my licence become immediately invalid?


    Wednesday, May 17, 2006 7:03 PM


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  • Please take a few moments to read this article:

    Windows Product Activation (WPA) on Windows XP http://aumha.org/win5/a/wpa.htm  

    Wednesday, May 17, 2006 8:48 PM
  • Leroy777,

    Thank you - that is just what I needed. So as I thought the answer is a resounding "Yes". Every time I "significantly" upgrade my computers (and I have replaced 2 hard disks & 2 motherboards so far this year), Microsoft is going to break my computer (and a machine that will only boot in safe mode is broken as far as I am concerned).

    But it's OK - simply by replaying a 50 digit number to some call centre on the other side of the world I can get another massively inconvenient number to repair my copy of Windows. Hands up all those who think this centre will be adequately staffed and that anyone will ever be able to get through? - Well that's none this end....

    I paid my hard earned cash for legitimate software and I expect to be allowed to get on with my life without my every upgrade being vetted and vetoed by Microsoft. Upgrading hardware can be problematic enough without this obscene intrusion.

    It looks like I am going to have to start looking at Linux or a Mac....


    Wednesday, May 17, 2006 10:56 PM
  • Grey Area:


    Yes, if you update your system significantly, you will still be able to use your original copy of Genuine Windows, but will have to do telephone activation with a call centre in your region.


    -Phil Liu

    Thursday, May 18, 2006 12:47 AM
  • Complete information related to Product Activation and all of its requirements can be found at the following sites:








    The following MS Knowledge Base article can also provide you with troubleshooting issues you may experience with Product Activation.










    Sunday, May 21, 2006 7:38 AM
  • I have upgraded much hardware in the past including RAM, DVD and CD drives, new hardrives etc, and everything was fine until...... i bought a dvd burner and immediately lost my validation and $200 for windows. i know how you feel and it feels crappy it sucks really badly to because you cant update ***.... unless you want to pay a few hundred dollars for it.

    Wednesday, July 26, 2006 2:55 AM