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I see there are plenty of used copies of FSX on eBay. Is there a going to be a problem trying to activate it?Thanks. Terry

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There may be....Although the question I would be asking myself is are those copies on eBay legit. For me going to me local Wally Mart, EBgames or Gamestop would be a better choice. The shipping tacked on to even legit copies of FSX on eBay bring the price pretty close to retail anyway.Although your situation may differ than mine, nevertheless be careful when buying used software on eBay.[hr width=100%" size=1 color="black]http://forefrontgrp.com/MyLogo2.JPGJason | General Aviation Fan

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I too would have doubts about legitimcy. Even if it are legitimate how can the buyer be sure that it isn't still activated on another PC. If it is still activated, I imagine it won't be possible to re-activate it.

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Thanks for the cautionary comments.Assuming that some are legit, and the rightful owner just didn't care for it and wants to recoup some of the loss. (We've certainly seen many post of unhappy customers) It does appear that it would be difficult to activate it, had it been activated by the original purchaser. Is this software 1 owner for life? Has it been that well protected? Terry

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Thanks Jim, Looks like Microsoft is making the transfer about as easy as selling/buying a car. Terry

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I don't think anyone here is speaking with any inside authority.I'm not either. Having said that, I'm 100% certain that if you purchase a legitimate second hand copy of FSX you will have no issue activating it.As I posted already, sick of the negative crap that's flown around in the FSX forum here, I've activated the same copy of FSX on three different PC builds without issue (one of them took a phone call) and around six times in total.The same goes for Windows Vista.The amount of misinformation on this forum makes my blood boil.Your normal "Anti-The Universe, Life Itself and Especially Microsoft" programme will resume shortly ;)Until then, good luck and I'm sure you'll have fun with FSX.

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your passionate assessment when the SP1 is out, since all of us will have to reinstall everything (as I understand it).

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>Owner 1 would need to call MS and deactivate before owner 2>could activate.Nope. I have two copies installed right now on two different drives under two different O/S's on the same PC.I originally installed under XP and then I purchased Vista Ultimate but did not want to ditch XP so I created a second primary partition, hide the original primary and then installed Vista and then FSX. Both copies validated okay with no issues yet are really under different PC's.

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Hi,I don't doubt you at all, but how would this be any different then if a user took the DVDs to a friend's house and installed FSX over there. Would FSX activate at the friend's house?My GUESS is that FSX is still viewing your situation as one computer. YES, I COULD BE MISTAKEN! Jimhttp://www.hifisim.com/Active Sky V6 Development Team Active Sky V6 Proud SupporterHiFi Beta TeamRadar Contact Supporter: http://www.jdtllc.com/AirSource Member: http://www.air-source.us/FSEconomy Member:http://www.fseconomy.com/

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Jim, Microsoft support told me that once FSX has been activated on one computer the activation on another is not possible whether it was sold or not.

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Hi Dave,Exactly my point way back with post #3. You can't have the same copy of FSX activated on 2 or more machines, at the same time. This is why purchasing a used copy from ANYWHERE is going to be a crapshoot.Jimhttp://www.hifisim.com/Active Sky V6 Development Team Active Sky V6 Proud SupporterHiFi Beta TeamRadar Contact Supporter: http://www.jdtllc.com/AirSource Member: http://www.air-source.us/FSEconomy Member:http://www.fseconomy.com/

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This wasn't my experience. I had it installed on one computer and then put it on another new build without any issue. I installed it played it, and when the time was up it simply registered using my network.I expected to have to call MS and explain that the first computer was not up to running FSX as I would like and therefore I had built the new machine ... didn't happen, simply registered on the second machine wit no problem.Having said this, I wouldn't bother with an ebay purchase either, it isn't that expensive to buy a new copy and more than worth it on a decent rig in my opinion.

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Now it comes back to me. Last summer/fall this was the thing: You can have 2 installs on seperate machines, even though MS says one. My laptop backup install did just now activate also.Jimhttp://www.hifisim.com/Active Sky V6 Development Team Active Sky V6 Proud SupporterHiFi Beta TeamRadar Contact Supporter: http://www.jdtllc.com/AirSource Member: http://www.air-source.us/FSEconomy Member:http://www.fseconomy.com/

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>your passionate assessment when the SP1 is out, since all of>us will have to reinstall everything (as I understand it).The link you provide as source for this advice is in the context of someone having applied file tweaks (hacks) to their FSX installation.For those who still have an un-tweaked installtion, SP1 should apply properly without reinstalling FSX.-Doug

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So then it is a pretty definite maybe? Even tho MS says you can't install on more than one computer at a time, It has been done. So back to my original question. It looks like a person would be OK with a previously purchased FSX. With the caveat: Buyer Beware as always.Terry

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Just way up the risk Terry. As far as it goes there are those (like myself) who have installed it twice without issue. If that applies to a third/fourth machine who knows.If you buy a copy off ebay and it has been registered once, you will **maybe** OK - if the seller also lent it to a mate to instal on another computer or also installed it on their laptop then **mabye** you won't!Who knows! If you can get it very cheep it is probably worth the risk, if it is nearly at retail price (get deluxe by BTW) then is it worth hassle?I bought quite a bit of photo scenery for FS9 on ebay, by the time I had been caught up in the bidding and paid for delivery I saved nothing over buying the whole set new - if I had bothered to shop around first I would have realised this.

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Well, OK, Yes, if you've made wholesale changes to the locations of files that FSX originally installed, then you will probably need to reinstall the app before applying SP1 (or if you kept track of what you moved, you could just move them back :-> ). Not much we can do about that, our patch installer is designed to look for the files where we expect them to be :->

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>Are we in a Court room?What's that supposed to mean?RhettAMD 3700+ (@2310 mhz), eVGA 7800GT 256 (Guru3D 93.71), ASUS A8N-E, PC Power 510 SLI, 2 GB Corsair XMS 2.5-3-3-8 (1T), WD 250 gig 7200 rpm SATA2, CoolerMaster Praetorian case

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