I plan to uninstall my genuine copy of Windows 7 form my old Laptop.
Microsoft technical support on the phone has indicated to me that I have installed this OS several times over the last few years, namely on a desktop and then several other computers in the household (although I have wiped those computers and reverted to Windows XP).
So as to properly ensure that my licence has been deactivated and the MS is aware of this (to preserve any future installation of Win 7 on a desktop again (I dont have it installed anywhere else at present), is there a way of reversing the process of activation so that it is 100% certain I do not have any copies installed?
The same goes for Office 2007 ultimate. MS told me that if I have wiped it off the system then it should be ok and they will know. My question to them as to "how they will know" was not properly answered. Is there any periodic communication to MS confirming that I have installed or installed copies of the OS or Office 2007? I also think the lady on the phone probably did not distinguish between wiping the computer clean i.e. formatting and uninstalling, with the latter probably offering a change to deactivate compared to formatting.
Anyway, question is how can I uninstall Win 7 / deactivate because I am, for the moment, refraining from using my win xp recovery cd to reinstall win xp.