greg, I very much appreciate your feelings.
I only feel bad when my hands are tied and I am unable to help one who really needs help.That my thread has been deleted and I recieved an infraction really does not matter.
Even recently, there have been some genuine users whose COA has been obliterated. They still had a working OEM installation but needed a clean install to correct some problems. Though you have been tirelesly helping those with Windows problems, we have practically seen only a clean install is the way out in many cases. So without a COA key what has he to do? There have been some without phone access too. Like rraod in Saudi Arabia. Many others have phonephobia.
Well I can write pages and pages on this. My own conviction is that a genuine user holding a valid OEM licence does nothing illegal by replicating his OEM activation. He is neither cheating Microsoft nor the OEM and he is not deriving any commercial benefits or profits. We do restore the whole system image with activation in tact. In what way backing up and restoring the OEM activation on my own machine different from it?
If the Backup and Restore software illegal, why have Microsoft or the OEMs not restrained the software authors legally as MPAA did to restrain DVD Decrypter?
I shall abide by the SevenForums policy of not quoting those software. The least I can do to help is to quote it from the official Microsoft site. (Well the software just does that in a few clicks, not the complicated way indicated in the Microsoft site which you object
If the SevenForums Admin restrains me quoting from the Microsoft site, welcome. I will abide by that too. I am not the loser in anyway and come what may.