Big Dummy wrote:
> "Fred" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>> I bought Vista Home Premium and loaded it on a new hard drive. What I
>> failed to notice is Remote Desktop is not a feature of Home Premium.
>> I need that feature which comes on Business and Ultimate editions. My
>> Home edition is activated. Can I sell hard drive and all and be OK or
>> will the software see it is on a different motherboard and squawk?
> Here's what you should do. If you want to sell the hard disk as well,
> that's your prerogative but it may cause problems with the new owner
> since it took a fingerprint of more than your hard disk.
> Just remove Vista from the hard disk and sell the software to the new
> owner. Have the new owner notify Microsoft that they are the new owner
> and Microsoft will probably give them a new product key to use. Then
> your activation is deactivated and theirs is activated. When they
> install on their system, a fingerprint is taken of THEIR system instead
> of yours.
> It may sound a bit much, but it's really not that hard and it's one way
> to do it and keep your hard disk and sell the software legally.
Again, they don't need to give the phone rep most of this information.
When you call to activate, NO other information is required except as
documented below on the MS site:
Mandatory Product Activation Data
The Installation ID is unique to each product and comprises two components:
Product ID. Unique to the product key used during installation
Hardware hash. Non-unique representation of the PC
The country in which the product is being installed (for Office XP and
Office XP family products only)
Protect your privacy. You do not need to give them more information
than that, even if they ask. Simply point them to this link where they
have it documented. If they persist anyway, ask to speak to a
supervisor. Anything more than the above information which they require
is none of their business.
Priceless quotes in m.p.w.vista.general group:
Most recent idiotic quote added to KICK (Klassic Idiotic Caption Kooks):
"It would be nice if there was a check to see if you were running an
activated/validated version of Windows before you were allowed to post
in any of these news groups. If you're not activated/validated your post
automatically gets deleted.
That would get rid of the Linsux Luzzzzzzzzers once and for all."
"Good poets borrow; great poets steal."
- T. S. Eliot