i use a windows 7 home premium on my pc.wen i installed i activated via internet.since then no reactivations were done.now i want to replace my hard disk with a better one and i want to do a clean install on it. can i reactivate thru internet after this or do i ve to call microsoft for this.
one more doubt.even if i reinstall on the same drive ,shud i reactivate and can i do it by net witout needin to call microsoft
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I don't think you will need to reactivate if you just replace the hard drive with cloning.
If you do a clean install, internet activation should not be a problem.
Microsoft uses a formula to determine if activation is being done to the same PC. The formula is highly weighted by the motherboard and other factors like the cpu, ram, mac address. The hard drive is a lesser factor.
Microsoft cares most that you are using a valid copy of windows, and that it is being used on only one PC at a time.
They define a PC primarily by the motherboard and configuration. You should be able to reactivate on the same pc as many times as you wish. Remember, that when you load a clean copy of windows, you have a fully functioning system for 30 days before activation is required. That should be enough time to get everything right, including reloads if necessary. This process is not a problem if you have a legitimate copy and product key.