I have yet to try and activate a Windows 7 install, but there is such a slew of info out there about dozens of different versions and activation methods. Also not much info available about this latest BIE version out there, and which method is best to use on it. I got an Acer laptop, of course it came pre-loaded with Win7 Home Premium which is fine by me except the mountain of s**t they pre-install on it and its not optional (cant just cleanly install the Windows copy they give). Checked the ram usage and it was around 40-45% at idle (are you KIDDING me?!?) and that was after I removed the heavy antivirus/internet security programs which were running on it at first. So decided to format it and install latest BIE copy since that was easiest floating around with still working files to download. This version has some form of pre-activation on the disc, I ran it, and said it finished. About a week or 2 later it says Windows has 3 days left to activate to be genuine. So do I actually click the "activate online" now and see if BIE's method fools it, has anyone actually tried this? The default activation method they include with their release... or do I use DAZ loader (and from what I read, gotta use the Uninstall feature of DAZ before installing it, correct?). I hope someone has installed this version on these forums already and knows exactly what to do. P.S. What happens in Windows 7 these days if you just dont activate it, dont make it genuine? Are M$ still doing the days of fear where your Windows will simply stop working one day and you're f***d with all the current data on it? If the only detractor is a message saying its not genuine and not being able to download windows updates then it doesnt bother me. If however I cant manually install, for example, later versions of DirectX in the future, that would be a problem. Thanks again for any valid info and help.