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AndrewC3

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I have two computers in which Iíve built both of them. In the past with previous versions, every six months or so, I would format the hard drive and reinstall the operating system that I was using at the time. My main computer now has Windows XP Professional. Last month, I didnít like the way my system was running so I formatted the hard drive and reinstalled XP. When I went to activate the system, I got a message telling me that Iíve exceeded the number of times I could activate the system and to call Microsoft. When I called, the person asked me why I did that. I felt that it was none of his business why I did it. Anyway, I did get a new activation number. I understand that Microsoft doesnít want people to pirate the software. Is there any way to avoid this in the future? Thanks in advance.

BTW, my copy of XP Professional is legal.
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No, there is no legal way to avoid Microsoft's terms covering Product Activation, I had to phone them myself for the same reason recently since I often re-install to have a good "clear out" of my system. However, on that occasion I immediately created a disk image of my fresh installation, saving the image on a slave disk as well as saving the image on to a DVD. Now when I want to re-install I just restore from the disk image (which is already activated).

To create/restore the disk image I purchased 'Norton Ghost' (the 2003 version which runs in real DOS, not the Windows version which is unreliable). One of the most useful software utilities I've ever owned.
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I had a feeling that was an answer I would receive. Had I known to save the image on a slave disk as well as saving the image on to a DVD, I would have done that. I'm going to look into 'Norton Ghost' as you mentioned. Thanks for the reply.

Andrew :)
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Also look into XXclone its free, works well with XP but not with vista
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