Posted on 2004-10-25
Last Modified: 2010-04-19

I have recently installed two Windows Server 2003 DC's and activated them, but I'm not happy with one of them and would like to zap it and start again, but I'm not sure what will happen to the product activation.

If I format the drive and start again, will I be able to activate the product as normal.


Question by:Steveh24
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    From the Unofficial FAQ for Windows Server 2003:

    Q: If I've activated my Windows Server 2003 and then blow the drive away and reinstall on exactly the same hardware (without _any_ physical changes) and re-activate,do I use up one of my precious activations? ie. does it mean 10 _activations_ or 1 activation on each of 10 different hardware setups with the ability to re-use an activation?

    A:No--you can install unlimited times on the same hardware and it only counts
    as 1 of the 10 allowed activations.

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