Vista activation

By Minion_of_U
Oct 18, 2007
  1. Hypothetically, lets say i buy Vista and activate it. In a few month's time i might want to reformat. Can i reformat my hard drive and fresh install Vista again, or will it only activate once?
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Yes, you can reformat and reactivate your OS.

    You shouldn`t have any problems in doing this.

    Heck, can you imagine the trouble it would cause if after a reformat, you weren`t allowed to activate?

    Regards Howard :)
  3. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    You can extend the activation time limit quite easily in Vista.

    A lot of links about the subject

    I'm not sure about Vista, but at least in XP OEM you could activate via Internet twice without having to call Microsoft. The limit seems to reset in four months or so.

    That's only my experiences with XP x64 - which is available only as an OEM version. I had to call them to activate it after I had installed it three times in a couple of months. I installed it again about five or six months after that, and had no problems activating via Internet.

    Of course there are some speculations that Vista limits this more as well, but I don't know. I'd guess OEM versions have more restrictions than retail ones, anyway.

    Besides, is there a reason you can't wait when there's one day left to activate?
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