First off, let me explain that I DO own my Windows. I bought a Dell, and it came on a disk with that. I recently purchased a new, larger HDD. When I installed windows xp home, it told me to call Microsoft to activate Windows. I hate, hate hate calling them. So, I ran one of those cracks you get that "activate" it for you. Well, all was well & good until I tried to boot into safe mode. I'm told that Windows was not activated properly, and that I could not log into the admin account. The help I need is: I want to remove the crack (which is why I tried to log into safe mode to begin with)without reformatting. This has turned out to be more of a hassle than MS Tech support (never thought I'd say that), and I want to activate Windows properly. I'm a little frustrated right now, but can provide any other information you need. Thank You.