I'm experimenting with DriveImage XML for 'Final Solution' spyware/virus protection. It seems that no matter how many firewalls or scanners I have, there is always some weirdness that nothing can detect. So I'm streamlining the reinstall process. I have noticed however, that restoring a system image does not seem to reset the activation timer. How did they do that? Looks like I have 24 days to find an original OEM XP Home CD that my iffy drive will read and work out my good image restore procedures. But still curious how the activation system remains active and accurate during a system image restore, but not a reinstall. Enlighten me?