On my desktop machine (which I just added 3 hard drives to, and a video card in the last month), I was using a retail copy of Windows XP I received from some MS thing I went to years ago - I probably don't even have the CD anymore, but either way, it was a legal copy and it might have even been from the XP launch party.
Today I'm woken up to the 'you need to reactivate since we think you're a horrible pirate and installed your copy on a brand new machine' activation... with a 3 day timebomb.. great... like I don't have enough things to do this week.
So, yada yada, won't register on internet, call the clearing house, fight with the automated attendant that doesn't seem to want to take numbers but needs you to speak 'yes' or 'finished' or 'mother may I'... I don't know why but that just irritated me more.
It's activated again but it still put me in a foul mood.