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post #1 of 6
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I heard Windows 7 OS OEM can only be installed once onto a motherboard/hdd. If I switch any of the two then I can't reuse the product key for windows 7 OS oem. Is this true?

If so, my question is..

What do I do if I buy a hdd and install windows 7 OEM onto it but maybe a week later, hdd dies. Is there a way to resolve the issue of getting back my product key to reuse it onto a new hdd that's working? Thanks.
post #2 of 6
I think the HDD is considered a minor change and won't make a difference. Someone may correct me on that though.

Changing the motherboard, however, would "create" a new computer which would then require its own unique product key/license.
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You would have to call microsoft and explain your case... generally they are forgiving about your case though
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I'm sure if you called you could just resolve it easily. However I recently got a new motherboard and was able to use my OEM OS again with the same key.
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post #5 of 6
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Thanks for the reply. I really hope that hdd is a minor change because I really don't mind if it's only the motherboard that I cannot change. Other than that, if the problems does occur, I will call microsoft to get the problem resolved. I just want to understand what I must do before I order the pieces. Hopefully, someone that has gone through the situation can tell me how to deal with the situation in their experience.
post #6 of 6
If they sell a OEM not installed on a PC then they void their own UELA.
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