Quote: Originally Posted by jm1
Thanks! I really appreciate your advice! Currently I am running Pro on one machine, but I don't use half of the features (such as XP mode). Maybe Home Premium would work okay for me. It is like a $40 savings.
Please check but as far as I know, the system builder editions come with only one disk- either 32 bit or 64 bit, depending on what you order. So please make up your mind beforehand. This is different from retail which comes with both 32 bit and 64 bit disks.
Also, the activation is basically tied to the motherboard of the first computer the license is installed on. As long as mobo remains unchanged, you can change minor stuff like adding ram or changing the optical drive without requiring reactivation. Having said that, please remember imaging is the most hassle free way of re-installing.