I can sympathicize, but without giving out *extremely* personal information that would define you as the legal possesser of that copy of WinXP, there is no way that MS would be able to know that it is just you installing your legal copy to a new(er) machine. I am no big fan of activation either, but I'm not about to hand out my SS# (USA users) or DL# to any major company other than a bank.
As MS has decided to use WPA, it rests upon us end-users to decide whether or not we buy the product subject to its terms and limitations. If too many resist the urge to buy, then it will likely go away. If it is accepted by the majority, then it will continue whether we like it or not. Market supply & demand will define its success or failure.
PS: I like Linux as well, but it has a ways to go before it's as user-friendly and widely accepted as Windows<any version> currently is.
Best of Luck,
Rick Rogers aka "Nutcase" MS-MVP - Win9x
Associate Expert - Windows XP
Expert Zone - www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
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I've just done a complete rebuild of Windows (XP Pro SR1).
I had a small problem when XP was almost installed. A file could not be read
from the CD. I ignored it and Windows installed OK.
But I'm suffering from sporadic resets. Completely out-of-the-blue. My PC
just reboots. I know that it could be a hardware problem (I installed a new
mobo and CPU) but I'm worried that it could be connected to my "incomplete"
If so, is there any way to re-install XP without re-installing every
program? I've spent *ages* setting-up my PC and I don't want to start again.