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Windows 7: Re-Activation?

22 Jan 2010   #1
hattrik21

Windows 7 Pro
 
 
Re-Activation?

OK today I got a random re-activation message on my Win7 Pro. The only thing that has changed was that I updated my video card driver yesterday. They actually said that might be the cause.

Has anyone else seen anything like this?


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22 Jan 2010   #2
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Activation is much more closely tied to hardware now than it was in the past, but that shouldn't cause a big problem, unless you have an OEM version of W7.
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22 Jan 2010   #3
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Even still, with an OEM, if it fails to re-activate and you have to call, a driver update is most definitely an acceptable reason. They will simply reactivate over the phone, and you'll be done.
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22 Jan 2010   #4
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It really seems that a simple driver update should not be "enough" to trigger the need for reactivation. Even if it did, it doesn't seem like you would have to pick up the phone and call...even for an OEM...it should just reactivate from the machine itself.
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22 Jan 2010   #5
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hattrik21 View Post
OK today I got a random re-activation message on my Win7 Pro. The only thing that has changed was that I updated my video card driver yesterday. They actually said that might be the cause.

Has anyone else seen anything like this?
Are you sure that the new graphics drivers are the only thing that has changed since Win7 was activated?

The changes that trigger the need to re-activate Windows are cumulative.

(I don't recall ever triggering re-activation with graphics drivers. Hard disk controller drivers, yes.)
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22 Jan 2010   #6
hattrik21

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

I added a USB hard drive 3 weeks ago and since then, I installed the Nvidia driver update last night. The activation notice didn't pop up until now so today I had to call and they activated it with no issue, I just think driver updates should not trigger a re-activation if indeed thats what it was.
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