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I bought an OEM version of Windows and now want to upgrade. I bought a new CPU and I am planning on a new motherboard to match. I've heard you can't reuse your Windows key with a new motherboard install. Will I have to buy another copy of Windows? I paid for Windows, shouldn't I be able to install it on any single computer I own?
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Technically no. Even if you call them and manage to get a new key it is still illegal. The original OEM key is linked to each computer. You can get the key reactivated if you get new "minor" hardware. A new mobo and cpu are not minor and you therefore legally should buy another key.

Quick Recap:
Yes you legally need to buy a new key
Yes you can probably get a new key by calling them by that is illegal

Exception:
Did you have to RMA your CPU and mobo? If you did RMA it and got a new CPU and mobo then you can call them to get a new code for free.
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This is why I got a retail version. It was only ~$120 for the Home Premium version (albeit it was an upgrade, I have a retail Windows XP). I have to worry about games with DRM that does this and don't need to be worrying about it with my OS. For people that upgrade PCs alot like people here, the small premium for retail is worth it.
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you still only have it installed on one machine, and the old parts are basically going to the trash. i think you should be able to use it. it is illegal to install it on multiple machines, but i think you should be able to replace every single part of your computer over time and still be able to use it. as long as the key isnt being used on the old parts as well as the new ones, you still are only using it on that one machine.
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you still only have it installed on one machine, and the old parts are basically going to the trash. i think you should be able to use it. it is illegal to install it on multiple machines, but i think you should be able to replace every single part of your computer over time and still be able to use it. as long as the key isnt being used on the old parts as well as the new ones, you still are only using it on that one machine.
That is not true. According to Microsoft when you replace you're motherboard you technically have a new computer and need to buy a new code. You can legitimately change everything else (not sure about the CPU) but I know for sure if you change the mother board you legally should buy a new code. The only exception would be RMAing your motherboard.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by VW_TDI_02 View Post
That is not true. According to Microsoft when you replace you're motherboard you technically have a new computer and need to buy a new code. You can legitimately change everything else (not sure about the CPU) but I know for sure if you change the mother board you legally should buy a new code. The only exception would be RMAing your motherboard.
Pretty lame policy, if you ask me.
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Pretty lame policy, if you ask me.
Regardless of how lame it is or not that's the policy. Here is the source:
http://www.overclock.net/windows/156...ification.html
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well i upgraded my pc and called them up because i had some troubles installing win 7 (told them im installing it on new pc) he asked if im using it on my old pc, told them no i trashed it (i kinda blew the poor cpu) and he said it was fine to do so as long as it aint on the old pc, and got it on my new pc (current) and has been fine since exept for the win7 32bit - 64bit upgrade
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well i upgraded my pc and called them up because i had some troubles installing win 7 (told them im installing it on new pc) he asked if im using it on my old pc, told them no i trashed it (i kinda blew the poor cpu) and he said it was fine to do so and got it on my new pc (current) and has been fine since exept for the win7 32bit - 64bit upgrade
The people who answer the phones aren't the brightest and don't really understand much about computers. They read off a paper they give them and don't really care if they lose Microsoft a few bucks. BUT the policy states that if you get a new motherboard you need to buy a new code.
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