Originally Posted by Celemourn
<nod> this gave me a big headache when I had a windows box. I ended up having to reinstall windows every few months due to stability and clutter issues, and iTunes always thought it was a new machine. I non-arbitrairily choose to blame Microsoft for this, as I've seen the same thing happen in other programs as well, where it can no longer tell that I'm on the same computer.
Hah! Exactly my problem too. My obsession with reinstalling WinXP2 (about two to three times a month) on my AMD64 got me into problemas. Usually it was because I "fried" the registry (software not any hardware) playing around with overclocking settings like RAM latencies and such.
I think though even with MacOSX each fresh install will see it as a "new" computer when you Authorize it...
But yeah, Windows clutter and stability and drivers and hacks and tweakware and what not. I am very happy (oh MacBook, come home soon from your LCD replacement, papa's got a bad hankering for some Mac'ering when you're back... awww yeaaahhhh) that I can go virtual machine on Windows' ass with Parallels on Mac. I got clean images I can just whack back into Parallels if anything goes awry. An INFINITELY better solution than the alleged "Uninstall" Control Panel thingy in Windows.