microsoft product activation hatred

I really despise the product activation in WinXP. Isn’t it kind of pointless now that they’re offering discounts and/or free copies to people who have purchased “fake” copies of Windows? I’ve been on hold for 10 minutes now with Windows Activation Services (or whatever they’re called) to activate a fully legitimate copy of XP Professional owned by my employer. that “has been activated too many times” according to the on-screen activation wizard. One of our PC’s hard drive crashed and so began this process…

Once Windows finished installing, I went ahead and activated it when asked by the setup wizard. Well, crazy me forgot that I was going to use the XP Deployment utilties first and make an image of this drive using Ghost before sending it back out to our branch office. Well after sysprep regenerated SIDs, I of course had to re-activate. Well, now I was greeted with that oh so friendly message. ONLY the hard drive has changed since the first activation two years ago and NOTHING has changed on the hardware configuration since I activated it two days ago, yet now I’m on hold for 10 minutes wasting my time.

Get a clue MS… I wish we could switch every computer in our company to Linux… I don’t care if it’s 5 years or 10… Hopefully it will happen someday…