I have a PC which I use for audio production, just as a hobby, which I have owned for about 3 years. I have been using it for the web and games and stuff too, and it gets a bit slow as it gets cluttered with stuff, so I reinstall once in a while. Usually I just activate online but, last time, which was a few months ago, I had to call up and speak to an automated voice, which told me I had reached the limit of times I could activate the product. They validated it anyway, much to my relief.
Recently I've got into linux, and I want to do another clean install. Basically, I want to have a totally clean xp partition which runs my music production software and nothing else, but have a dual boot into linux for all my internet/ofiice/photos/multimedia stuff. But someone on a linux forum said that MS had refused to activate their copy of xp after he'd installed a lot of times, and I'm sort of worried that if I try and do it again it won't let me. Also, my PC is getting a bit old now, and at some stage within the next year or two, I'll probably put in a new mobo+cpu, and need to do it again.
So I was just wondering, am I going to run into any problems if I need to reinstall once or twice more? I thought I was OK to reinstall as often as I like, and also (although I haven't done this) swap XP around onto different machines as often as I like as long as I only run one copy at a time. I know it's not exactly a 'geek' question, but I thought someone here would know.