Activating Windows 7 on different hardware

With Vista, if you replaced hardware on your machine or put your hard drive in a new computer, Windows would prompt you to activate online.  You were typically given 5 or so activations before your key would no longer work.

With Windows 7, if you replace hardware, you still get the Windows Activation message saying that you must activate in 3 days.  However, now you must reactivate using the automated phone system.  Online activation can only be accomplished if you are reactivating with the same hardware.

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I wonder if you can now reactivate more than 5 times on the same hardware?  This would make sense since they are storing your hardware information to match up with your activation key.

Brenton House

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