Originally Posted by TRDCorolla
If you end up calling Microsoft Customer Support because activation says so, just tell them that your computer screwed up and need to be reformatted again. They'll understand. I do it all the time and they always grant me activation codes.
they do get suspicious if you keep phoning to re-activate the same code...
There was one time they asked me what I was doing because I activated the same copy of XP 50 times in one month...
(it was completly leagal as well before anyone says anything)