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Old 09-11-2006, 04:26 PM   #1
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When I reformat using an OEM version of Windows XP, is there a limit to the amount of times I can re-activate and is there a limit to the amount of times a reformat can be completed on a hard disk drive?
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Old 09-11-2006, 04:34 PM   #2
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i dont believe the re-activation matters as long as u have the same hard ware. ive already activated my current windows xp OEM like 3 times.
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even if you use it on a different computer, just use the phone method of activating and you can do ti as much as you want.
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Old 09-11-2006, 04:40 PM   #4
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I use the online method though, for the last time I reformatted, but I read somewhere that it only could be done five times on OEM. By the way, what is the phone number, for the US/Canada?
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when you activate it it will give you the option to do it over the phone, and then it will give you the number.
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Old 09-11-2006, 04:46 PM   #6
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I don't remember seeing any option for doing it over the phone. Is it the same number as the piracy number?

EDIT: http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/r...l/numbers.mspx
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whats the piracy number?

well, anyways, the activation window should look like this:


click on the option in the middle

then ther window should look like this:
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Old 09-11-2006, 04:58 PM   #8
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i never known theres a limit on the windows xp cd.
weird.
so u cant keep on reformating the hdd ?
the win xp cd will stop working after 5 activations ?
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Old 09-11-2006, 04:59 PM   #9
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Yeah, I won't have to worry about that for a while yet anyway, but I was curious on how many times it can be reactivated...

Edit: Faith, I really don't know. That's why i was asking, i just heard that somewhere
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5 Time's? Isnt it 20 something.
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