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June 21st, 2008, 22:57
Originally Posted by Dhruin View Post
Not trying to defend the system but an OS reinstall does *not* use up an activation for Mass Effect.
Actually yes, it does.

Re-installing the OS removes the activation registry key entries - the only way to get them back is to re-register which uses one of your 3 available registrations regardless of whether or not you registered on the exact same system before. This has been confirmed by several people who regularly update their OS.

Their system does not store your computer info - it relies purely on the registry key entries securom writes (which themselves are tied to your computer hardware footprint). Without those keys, you must use a new activation as the system has no way of knowing if your computer has the original hardware footprint or not.
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