"Windows XP had 10 activations"
I believe you are mistaken.
Or where is that documented.
There are many things that can cause activation and it does sometimes seem
the number plays a factor.
In many case, assuming RTM, you can install and activate an unlimited # of
times on the same computer.
You may need to phone Microsoft to activate but typically the calls take
about 5 minutes.
You have 30 days to activate IIRC, so next time do not activate until you
are reasonably sure you are finished making changes.
Normally I activate with about 5 days remaining.
This gives enough time to make changes as well as time for activation
issues, so far, I have never had any.
Jupiter Jones [MVP] http://www3.telus.net/dandemar http://www.dts-l.org
"PaulJ" <PaulJ@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> After receiving my download for my complimentary copy of Windows Vista, I
> have run into some hardware issues which means this will be the fourth
> time I
> will be activating Windows Vista which is becoming embarrasing now to say
> least. I think I have now tracked down the source of the problem and
> hopefully this will be the last tim I will be installing and activating my
> copy of Windows Vistga until I upgrade my computer next year to a 64-bit
> processor. This means I will then be down to activation 5. How many
> activations do we have before we have to contact Microsoft to have this
> activated over the phone. Windows XP had 10 activations then you had to
> and get the OS activated, is this still the same case.