I have a retail Win 7 install and I'd like to backup the activation without using 4 DVDs on an image. I just want to be able to reinstall without going through the whole activation process again. http://www.mydigitallife.net/2009/0...ivation-status-activate-offline-on-reinstall/ That seems to be the simplest and most efficient way, but then I read "re-installation must be on the same hardware without any hardware change". Does this mean that if I install onto a new hard drive or add a video card/dvd drive that this wouldn't work? What kind of changes can I make or not make? TIA.