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Activation after upgrading Disk to SATA and RAID INCH6R

  1. #1


    Armin Heinlein Guest

    Activation after upgrading Disk to SATA and RAID INCH6R

    I had a Vista Ulitmate (upgrade) installation running on a RAID ITE8212 (IDE
    PATA drives). Because performance was slow I upgraded to SATA drives using
    RAID INCH6R. After reinstalling the Vista Ultimate upgrade it asked me to
    activate again (after one week) and when I entered my serial number it tells
    me to call Microsoft to reactivate or to purchase a new license.

    I thought a disk upgrade does not require the phone call and will activate
    in the background automatically. I heard once you only have five times to
    reactivate. Is this right? Does anyone know how many times you can
    reactivate?

    TIA
    Armin



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  3. #2


    Tom Lake Guest

    Re: Activation after upgrading Disk to SATA and RAID INCH6R

    > I thought a disk upgrade does not require the phone call and will activate
    > in the background automatically. I heard once you only have five times to
    > reactivate. Is this right? Does anyone know how many times you can
    > reactivate?


    I've reactivated one of our machines thirty times so far. No hassles other
    than
    having to type in a humongous code.

    Tom Lake




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  4. #3


    Michael Solomon Guest

    Re: Activation after upgrading Disk to SATA and RAID INCH6R

    Armin Heinlein wrote:
    > I had a Vista Ulitmate (upgrade) installation running on a RAID
    > ITE8212 (IDE PATA drives). Because performance was slow I upgraded
    > to SATA drives using RAID INCH6R. After reinstalling the Vista
    > Ultimate upgrade it asked me to activate again (after one week) and
    > when I entered my serial number it tells me to call Microsoft to
    > reactivate or to purchase a new license.
    > I thought a disk upgrade does not require the phone call and will
    > activate in the background automatically. I heard once you only have
    > five times to reactivate. Is this right? Does anyone know how many
    > times you can reactivate?
    >
    > TIA
    > Armin


    The hardware change likely triggered the need for a phone call. Activation
    creates a hash which, if changed enough, can trigger the need for a phone
    call. Usually, user explanation of the change is all that is necessary. As
    long as there are no hardware changes, activation is usually seamless and
    requires not much more than following the prompt to activate over the
    Internet. There is no limit on the number of times you can activate with a
    standard retail disk, upgrade or otherwise.

    --
    Michael Solomon



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  5. #4


    Armin Heinlein Guest

    Re: Activation after upgrading Disk to SATA and RAID INCH6R

    Thank you. I just reactivated it. I guess when I upgrade my motherboard,
    processor and memory I do this all at once :-).

    However, I thought a disk change is not significant enough - I thought I
    read this on the Vista support site

    Anyway, I am ready to get "Wow"ed again.

    Armin




    "Armin Heinlein" <armin@heinlein.us> wrote in message
    news:3BLVh.553$gN7.536@newsfe12.lga...
    >I had a Vista Ulitmate (upgrade) installation running on a RAID ITE8212
    >(IDE PATA drives). Because performance was slow I upgraded to SATA drives
    >using RAID INCH6R. After reinstalling the Vista Ultimate upgrade it asked
    >me to activate again (after one week) and when I entered my serial number
    >it tells me to call Microsoft to reactivate or to purchase a new license.
    >
    > I thought a disk upgrade does not require the phone call and will activate
    > in the background automatically. I heard once you only have five times to
    > reactivate. Is this right? Does anyone know how many times you can
    > reactivate?
    >
    > TIA
    > Armin
    >



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  6. #5


    Michael Solomon Guest

    Re: Activation after upgrading Disk to SATA and RAID INCH6R

    Armin Heinlein wrote:
    > Thank you. I just reactivated it. I guess when I upgrade my
    > motherboard, processor and memory I do this all at once :-).
    >
    > However, I thought a disk change is not significant enough - I
    > thought I read this on the Vista support site
    >
    > Anyway, I am ready to get "Wow"ed again.
    >
    > Armin
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > "Armin Heinlein" <armin@heinlein.us> wrote in message
    > news:3BLVh.553$gN7.536@newsfe12.lga...
    >> I had a Vista Ulitmate (upgrade) installation running on a RAID
    >> ITE8212 (IDE PATA drives). Because performance was slow I upgraded
    >> to SATA drives using RAID INCH6R. After reinstalling the Vista
    >> Ultimate upgrade it asked me to activate again (after one week) and
    >> when I entered my serial number it tells me to call Microsoft to
    >> reactivate or to purchase a new license. I thought a disk upgrade does
    >> not require the phone call and will
    >> activate in the background automatically. I heard once you only
    >> have five times to reactivate. Is this right? Does anyone know how
    >> many times you can reactivate?
    >>
    >> TIA
    >> Armin


    :-) Sometimes, it depends upon the effect the hardware change has on other
    devices. You have to remember, when you read something about what will or
    won't cause the user to have to activate again, the information is a
    generalization; it doesn't necessarily mean it will apply in all cases.

    Activating, really shouldn't be an issue because it is pretty seamless even
    if you have to make a call. When the hash changes, the activation center
    doesn't know what you've done. Nonetheless, within certain limitations,
    usually all you have to do is activate again over the Internet. If
    something has caused a bigger change in the hash for whatever reason, when
    you're prompted to call, the center basically wants to know what happened.


    --
    Michael Solomon



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  7. #6


    Puffnstuff Guest

    Re: Activation after upgrading Disk to SATA and RAID INCH6R

    I have ultimate retail and I'm about to swap out my mb, cpu and memory. I'm
    hoping that it will go smoothly and I can get away without doing a clean
    install. Since I do have the retail version I should be able to reinstall
    without any hassles right? This is why I bought the retail in the first
    place so I could upgrade without any problems.

    "Armin Heinlein" wrote:

    > Thank you. I just reactivated it. I guess when I upgrade my motherboard,
    > processor and memory I do this all at once :-).
    >
    > However, I thought a disk change is not significant enough - I thought I
    > read this on the Vista support site
    >
    > Anyway, I am ready to get "Wow"ed again.
    >
    > Armin
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > "Armin Heinlein" <armin@heinlein.us> wrote in message
    > news:3BLVh.553$gN7.536@newsfe12.lga...
    > >I had a Vista Ulitmate (upgrade) installation running on a RAID ITE8212
    > >(IDE PATA drives). Because performance was slow I upgraded to SATA drives
    > >using RAID INCH6R. After reinstalling the Vista Ultimate upgrade it asked
    > >me to activate again (after one week) and when I entered my serial number
    > >it tells me to call Microsoft to reactivate or to purchase a new license.
    > >
    > > I thought a disk upgrade does not require the phone call and will activate
    > > in the background automatically. I heard once you only have five times to
    > > reactivate. Is this right? Does anyone know how many times you can
    > > reactivate?
    > >
    > > TIA
    > > Armin
    > >

    >


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  8. #7


    Michael Solomon Guest

    Re: Activation after upgrading Disk to SATA and RAID INCH6R

    Puffnstuff wrote:
    > I have ultimate retail and I'm about to swap out my mb, cpu and
    > memory. I'm hoping that it will go smoothly and I can get away
    > without doing a clean install. Since I do have the retail version I
    > should be able to reinstall without any hassles right? This is why I
    > bought the retail in the first place so I could upgrade without any
    > problems.
    >
    > "Armin Heinlein" wrote:
    >
    >> Thank you. I just reactivated it. I guess when I upgrade my
    >> motherboard, processor and memory I do this all at once :-).
    >>
    >> However, I thought a disk change is not significant enough - I
    >> thought I read this on the Vista support site
    >>
    >> Anyway, I am ready to get "Wow"ed again.
    >>
    >> Armin
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> "Armin Heinlein" <armin@heinlein.us> wrote in message
    >> news:3BLVh.553$gN7.536@newsfe12.lga...
    >>> I had a Vista Ulitmate (upgrade) installation running on a RAID
    >>> ITE8212 (IDE PATA drives). Because performance was slow I upgraded
    >>> to SATA drives using RAID INCH6R. After reinstalling the Vista
    >>> Ultimate upgrade it asked me to activate again (after one week) and
    >>> when I entered my serial number it tells me to call Microsoft to
    >>> reactivate or to purchase a new license.
    >>>
    >>> I thought a disk upgrade does not require the phone call and will
    >>> activate in the background automatically. I heard once you only
    >>> have five times to reactivate. Is this right? Does anyone know how
    >>> many times you can reactivate?
    >>>
    >>> TIA
    >>> Armin


    You'll likely be prompted to call the activation center. Just tell them
    what you've done, you should get activated. In the case of what you
    describe, it's not much different than moving it to a new computer only in
    your case, you're upgrading various hardware components all at once.

    --
    Michael Solomon



      My System SpecsSystem Spec


Activation after upgrading Disk to SATA and RAID INCH6R