Quote: Originally Posted by jeffwindows7
I'm glad to hear this! I own the full retail version.
I tried Maintenance> Backup and Restore> Create a System Image but couldn't manage to get it working and that is when the paranoia set in.
I'd much rather to a clean install everytime it's needed (ie Virus/Malware) but it seems like such a pain having to call them. Hopefully it would be smooth talking with MS.
If you need to re-activate, there are basically three levels:
online (I expect that'd work, with a modest change like switching to an SSD.)
by telephone, automated (You speak to a robot. It has advanced since the XP days - the automated system can supply an activation code if your hardware has changed significantly.)
by telephone, to a human (Just tell them what you've done. You'll get an activation code, even if your license was OEM.)
It's annoying, but it shouldn't cost you more than 10 minutes. The right answer to the question "How many PCs is the software installed on?" is one