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Originally Posted by rottenotto View Post
actually, OEM versions are linked to any piece of hardware that was purchased with it............. so if you transferred any peice of hardware from your old rig ( like, say, a CD drive ), you are legally entitled to still use that version of Windows.
I heard that it is any and all, as in, if you put a new cd drive in the laptop technically you need a new copy of windows, it has to be all original pieces of hardware...

But the windows rep I talked once to said it is only really linked to the motherboard.
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post #12 of 35
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I heard that it is any and all, as in, if you put a new cd drive in the laptop technically you need a new copy of windows, it has to be all original pieces of hardware...

But the windows rep I talked once to said it is only really linked to the motherboard.
this has been discussed before. im not sure if the search button will find them, but it has been decided that it is the motherboard.

also, i know someone who works for HP who will confirm this.
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post #13 of 35
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I heard that it is any and all, as in, if you put a new cd drive in the laptop technically you need a new copy of windows, it has to be all original pieces of hardware...

But the windows rep I talked once to said it is only really linked to the motherboard.
It's just tied to the motherboard I'm pretty sure.

That's what constitutes a "different" computer to them.

It would be ridiculous having to buy a new license any time you buy a new HDD or video card.
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If this is true ( not saying it's not ), then why can I buy an OEM copy of W7 coupled with any piece of hardware from Newegg?????
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post #15 of 35
Thread Starter 
I found an identical referbished mobo on ebay using the part number on the one I have.

The old drive is installed now. When I tell it to load the hive I get:
"cant load registry hive from: f\\windows\\system32\\config\\software
a required privilege is not held by client"

???
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post #16 of 35
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If this is true ( not saying it's not ), then why can I buy an OEM copy of W7 coupled with any piece of hardware from Newegg?????
Just because you buy two things together doesn't mean they're "coupled" or officially linked in any way.
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post #17 of 35
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As I understand it. Once you load in your product key and activate windows. Your mobo is now handcuffed to your product key. Why does m$ make things like this difficult?
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post #18 of 35
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As I understand it. Once you load in your product key and activate windows. Your mobo is now handcuffed to your product key. Why does m$ make things like this difficult?
Because you're paying less for an OEM copy. If you want more freedom, pony up for the retail version.
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Im still getting the same msg everytime I try to get the key. Any suggestions on another method for getting the key?
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post #20 of 35
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Im still getting the same msg everytime I try to get the key. Any suggestions on another method for getting the key?
Do you have OEM Win7 instalation CD? If yes, install it and on validation page use Telephone activation service but sometimes online activation should just work (mine did). Phone up Microsoft hotline and tell em your motherboard malfunctioned and now you have different one. They will ask you to read out that very long digit number after which they will tell you to enter a code that will activate your windows or they will just tell you to buy another copy. You might be lucky depending on the guys mood i guess
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