Ever since it was released, Spore managed to get on many gamers’ nerves thanks to its draconian number of activations. Owners were allowed to install the game on only three different machines. When the number of installs was over, the user has to phone over at EA and start a long chat before he could install the game once again.

Back then, The company promised to deliver a tool that would allow the user to choose which installs were to be left in place and which were not.

The announcement goes as follows:

By running the de-authorization tool, a machine"slot" will be freed up on the online Product Authorization server and can then be re-used by another machine.

You can de-authorize at any time, even without uninstalling Spore, and free up that machine authorization. If you re-launch Spore on the same machine, the game will attempt to re-authorize.

If you have not reached the machine limitation, the game will authorize and the machine will be re-authorized using up one of the five available machines.”

The tool is available here.