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Windows 7: Licensing grumble

17 Nov 2009   #1
GregH

Windows 7 - x64 Professional
 
 
Licensing grumble

After running Win 7 Home Premuim for about 2 weeks now, very happy with it. I was most annoyed at MS however - a few days ago I was in my Bios, having found renewed interest in my PC (now that it does not crash every couple hours) and I decided to switch off the WLAN features on the motherboard as I never have and probably never will network this PC. I figured that the less unneccessary stuff hogging resources the better.

Well, Win 7 announced a short while later that it had detected "hardware or driver changes" and that I had to re-activate it. I tried to do this online but it insisted I would have to do this via the phone. So I played tone dialling with the MS voice sythesiser and reactivated my OS.

This to me is ridiculous and now I probably have wasted a license re-install for when I perhaps want to reformat in the future. It was a simple bios setting Microsoft!!!


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17 Nov 2009   #2
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You didn't wast anything, aside from a few minutes on the phone.
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17 Nov 2009   #3
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

You could have disabled it in Services.
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17 Nov 2009   #4
reghakr

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 

That's strange, I replaced a video card and sound card with no need for re-activation.
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17 Nov 2009   #5
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Vista and Windows 7 can be tricky with activation. I already pulled memory from a working, activated Vista system, and tripped the activation. I shut down, put the memory back in place....and the system booted fine, and was back to showing activated. I few days later, I pulled the memory again, without issue.
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17 Nov 2009   #6
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GregH View Post
After running Win 7 Home Premuim for about 2 weeks now, very happy with it. I was most annoyed at MS however - a few days ago I was in my Bios, having found renewed interest in my PC (now that it does not crash every couple hours) and I decided to switch off the WLAN features on the motherboard as I never have and probably never will network this PC. I figured that the less unneccessary stuff hogging resources the better.

Well, Win 7 announced a short while later that it had detected "hardware or driver changes" and that I had to re-activate it. I tried to do this online but it insisted I would have to do this via the phone. So I played tone dialling with the MS voice sythesiser and reactivated my OS.

This to me is ridiculous and now I probably have wasted a license re-install for when I perhaps want to reformat in the future. It was a simple bios setting Microsoft!!!
I believe that one of the major components in the hardware hash for windows activation is the NIC's MAC address. By disabling the NIC in the BIOS setttings, you in effect removed it.

There is no limit to the number of re-activations. You probably don't want to have to do it often, though, or MS may believe that you're violating the license agreement (by activating on more than one PC).

It's still annoying, though.
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