That isn't really how hardware product activation works. The developers
of such software know the end user will be plugging in digital cameras,
USB sticks, scanners, change printers, and accordingly make allowances
for such changes in hardware configuration. As a result they do hardware
checks against something they assume a person wouldn't change on his/her
own like a processor.
Now, I'm the acception to the rule. Even though I am blind I went to
tech school, have a fair amount of knowledge in the hardware and
software side of computers, so I am the type who would swap out a
motherboard, processor, and memory if and when I feel like it because I
want a bigger, faster, more powerful machine. That's where hardware
activation goes crazy, because it simply was not designed for the
hobbiest computer user who can swap out his own mother board and
processor at will. They were designed for the store brand computers like
the HP, Del, and Compaqs you can pick up at Best Buy or Wal-Mart.
Something put together by a manufacturer and assumed to remain with the
same general hardware specifications throughout the life time of that
That's hardware activation for you. Plug in a USB stick and you stand
a chance of deactivating, for example, rail racer, because it thinks
it's a new system.
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