I had the same problem a couple of months ago. I was finally able to find my old key and enter it to get it to work, I also contacted my bank and had them refund me the money. Shortly after that I did finally get an e-mail from the ME tech support and say I should of received the registration automatically. I had sent 3 or 4 e-mail to them about it prior. So, I did finally get ME running on a new computer, but I think you are correct, ME might be very near it's end.
Mark