Feb 14, 2009
I recently copied the image of my nearly full HD to a new, larger one, using EZGig s/w and windows XP runs fine, but required that I activate it. Upon attempting that it tells me I have exceeded the number of activations and will have only 3 days before it will no longer work, pending my action(??)So, I got on the MS live-chat site and though the technician tried to help me, was not able to activate the version on the larger HD and at each boot got a message that I had 3 days to fix it, somehow. I tried calling back, but couldn't get in and then 2 days later a lady from India(??) called me at 3AM!!! to ask if the problem was solved. I told her no and asked her to call back at a more descent hour. But, no resolution yet.
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My workaround would be to reformat the new, larger, drive and let it be the D and leave my old "activated" one as C, but would rather have the contiguous larger one as C.I can see where they would not want people cloning their XP on hard drives for profit and didn't know there was a counter for # of activations, or what it is. I have had a couple different MB and 3 hard drives in the past 6-7 yrs, so apparently I met the limit.