Hi all, I've read all the stickies about activations, and I understand that activation requires three things if modding BIOS: Quote "HotCarl" from MyDigitalName's thread: "1) A SLIC 2.1 enabled BIOS (whether from a modded BIOS, or from a loader that loads up right before Windows 7 starts and emulates a SLIC 2.1 enabled BIOS, or hopefully pre-installed on the BIOS that your laptop will come with (check with RW-Everything)) 2) A matching certificate (you need to install an OEM certificate that matches the OEM vendor of the SLIC that you have "installed" on your system; e.g. if you have Samsung SLIC in your BIOS (or loaded up via GRLDR prior to windows start) you need to install a Samsung certificate...) 3) An OEM SLP key (the key's vendor does not matter, you can use a Dell OEM SLP key with a Samsung SLIC 2.1 enabled BIOS and a Samsung certificate...)" So my question is: if I buy a new Lenovo T400 with Vista Home basic (or Win7 home basic when it's out), and install the Lenovo OEM version of win7 ultimate on that machine (via upgrade), is it automatically activated? 1) It should have the SLIC2.1 bios 2) It should also have the certificate. 3) I will use a random Lenovo OEM SLP key. About point 2), I now have this Lenovo T61 and it had home basic when I bought it, I then downloaded and burned Vista Ultimate recovery disks for T61 and did a system recovery with them, and Vista was activated. During the steps I never had to install a certificate. So presumably all OEM machines already have the certificates in them when they ship? Or were the required certs installed during the recovery? Has anyone tried this before? Or maybe I should just wait until downloads of recovery disks become available? that way it'll be the same as Win7 Ultimate out of factory.