You have to ask them for an ok to change your hardware and your pc's OS, what a crock of _____!!!!
That was my biggest peeve about xp, almost everything else was great! But that damn activation. Someone like me, who has 5 pc in the house for each family member, is not going to fork over $200 for an OS for each that is $1000 for OS's Microsoft is ripping everyone off!! The only reason I stay with MS is Gaming, and supior apps/3rd party stuff, otherwise I would switch to linux, as mac is worse then MS with prices and no varity plus DRM, but that is another topic all togeather! I build my PC's at home from individual components, upgrading as needed. You used to be able to buy one copy of windows and install it on all your pc's like you should! Why do I need to buy it again its insane!! Why don't people protest, petition, raise holy hell, at MS? I don't get it! Thankfully there is other ways to install the OS on multiple PC's. (I leave it as that, because I'm sure MS is listening through one of X]'s varous "Security" Patches!!!
By building my own Pc's I save money and know exactly what is on each pc, and what hardware I have!! I get drivers and manual for every individual component! (unlike Oem wjere you get a general dumbed down pc users guide for idiots) and drivers/support for each component that I bought seperatly. I don't need to call MS support, because; A. I don't get many problems B. I know how to diagnose the pc.
C. Can figure out problems on my own.
D. If I can't fix problems I go on forums and use google, you can get greater help online in user forums then from outsourced help support lines from india, like dell.
I will never buy a premade pc again!! Did it in 1999 with packard bell and got a pc with a pentium2 clone a cyrix that ran 100mhz slower then advertised(it's performance equvilence was only for integer not floating point, so it was useless for gaming!) and shoddy used pc components inside, plus intgrated crap. Not even being able to play a game 4 years older led me on the exiting road of pc upgrading, overclocking, and building/testing myself. It opened up a whole new world for me, a new hobby and a new business!! SO I don't regret buying that crappy oem machine, I will never do it again. I now warn people off of buying dells etc...(espicially mac's the worst computer around, if you buy one you can't upgrade, tweak, game, or use the multitude of cool 3rd party apps, and have to pay an insanly high price just to be owned by apple! not worth it!)
You can get an incredible pc if you custom make it yourself, by the parts discounted on Newegg.com . Use internet guides/forums to learn what components to buy and why, as well as how it all fits togeather and how a pc works. Install a corporate edition of XP so you can use it again on other pc's. Once you have done it once you can do again no problem! And you've gained a new skill and hobby, and bragging rights! You will not need tech support because you know how a pc works and how to diagnose and fix it yourself, and it will boost your selfesteem at the same time! Hope this helps someone!