Hi guys i need help bad.. a client has 50 units of with windows XP home licenses.. i was tasked me to setup everything the most efficient way possible, specially with later maintenance.. ofcourse, imaging and cloning techniques are the MUST in this scenario.. (Note: lets not get into the legal issues and stuff.. what is important for us now is that the client paid hard earned cash for 50 xp home licenses, he atleast deserves the right to setup everything the "most efficient" way possible.. So anyway, i setup, tweaked, and modified one master computer with everything as needed.. i activated the windows license on it and ran the windows updates and all... so now im ready to deploy my images via cloning and restoring images using acronis TI to all 49 units with exactly the same hardware specs, with just the RAM sizes varying..... everything was going smooth until i started getting the WINDOWS HAS TO BE ACTIVATED before i could log in prompt crap on the first boot.. If i dont activate it, i end up in a loop of being requested to activate.. and if i do activate it (as i have tried) i've come to a point where it says i need a new key or some other crap.. i've read about this Microsoft activation scheme etc.. but i never thought i'd get into this situation with it.. sucks.. so now i ended up re-cloning destination disks again and again until the deployed disk boots up without the windows activation crap.. coz it was pretty random.. soemtimes it takes 4 re-cloning of the source disk for the target disk to work w/o getting caught in the activation thing.. now here's what i dont get.. - i got the same specs computers, - i ALREADY activated the source computer - i am using 1 is-to 1 imaging/cloning, which should, if it is a sector by sector thing, be EXACTLY as the source.. but how can it be possible that the SOURCE disk boots w/o a problem, while some target disks asks for activation first, even when tried on the EXACT SAME COMPUTER from which the source already existed on.. I dont get it at all.. how this windows activation thing can get through.. is it phoning home every start up? and keeping its counts there? what's more important is how do i BYPASS this crap I even tried to apply the ACTIVATION hack thing that was supposed to disable the "Require activation" thing of XP.. but one some disks cloned, i still get the darn thing... randomly too.. what's going on.. im kinda baffled.. can anyone help? I just need to kill the activation thing.. help please.. im stuck..