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Old 04-28-2005, 07:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Originally posted by smileygladhands
Wayne's right, OEM is just what they send to manufacturer's who build computers, etc. It's the same program.
And yes, anytime you have any slight hardware change - as in a component, not a fan or accessory - Windows want you to reactivate. If you've already activated it once, you'll need to call a number. You give them the number on the screen (voice automated) it directs you to a customer service person in India and they might ask you questions like are you putting this on more than one pc.. etc. Then they'll give you a number, you punch it in and XP's happy.

Just they're way of tightening control on their monopoly.
I have had to reactivate once after moving my PCI cards around a bit and removing a CD ROM. However in the past I have removed PCI cards and added hardware without an issue. I would love to know what Microsoft considers a significant hardware change.
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