+ 0 Votes Sounds About Right AstroCreep 7 years ago Happens all the time to me.At work I need to format systems every now and again, and there are a few systems with Windows XP (OEM - hp boxes) that I need to format on a pretty regular basis because they are used as test boxes and/or for devel work.Any time I activate these systems I have to call (and it's always routed through India) and most of the time I get the same treatment. One time I was asked not only for the 'installation ID' but also for the product key <i>and</i> the desktop's serial number! I told the lady "Nope, and I want to talk to your supervisor" at which point she goes "Okay, I have your new installation ID ready". As far as Vista, I'm not ready to kiss that pig yet, but I've read stories where people have had to re-activate after upgrading optical drives and even after a guy was overclocking his PC.Message to Microsoft - EASE UP ALREADY! I understand piracy is a problem, but damn, this is a bit extreme.