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New OS With New Motherboard?

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I can honestly say that I have never, and I do mean never, had to reactivate an installation of XP after the replacement of a motherboard or upgrade of the BIOS.

Our standard image, historically, has been created from an OEM installation of the XP (we have now started using UIU and it's awesome). More to the point, we were victims of Dell's involvement in the "buldging capacitor" incident, and out of literally hundreds of motherboard replacements and BIOS upgrades, I was not prompted once to reactivate Windows.

Based on this, I am surprised by your problem. However, never say never. Here you are with this issue. I can't help but wonder why we would have never seen this issue. Am I overlooking something rediculously simple that would answer this question?