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post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by Maurauder View Post
Did you by any chance try clearing your CMOS by moving the jumper or removing the battery? Because that happens to me if I clear cmos for more than say 30 seconds
activation is tied to a hardware ID. A new mobo and CPU would do the trick to kill the existing activation.

Just call MS. If it's "illegal" they'll refuse. But chances are they'll let you re-activate. No harm in trying. I did the same reinstalling windows in an office.
 
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post #12 of 19
causes
If thats the case and in the future if you need to clear the cmos via the jumper pins on the mobo then try to only keep the jumper in clearing position for less than 10 secs
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No need to call MS. Your OEM key is tied to your original motherboard. Any attempt to circumvent this is a violation of the EULA and possibly illegal (as well as against the TOS here about tell8ing others to do so).
You need a new copy of windows.
I had a OEM key and I switched my mobo due to it dying. Called up MS and told them what happened and they said no problem and activated it.
    
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post #14 of 19
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No need to call MS. Your OEM key is tied to your original motherboard. Any attempt to circumvent this is a violation of the EULA and possibly illegal (as well as against the TOS here about tell8ing others to do so).
You need a new copy of windows.
Glad you can tell us about all the garbage that everyone sees when they press "yes" "accept" "continue"

Call Microsoft for your best answer.
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post #15 of 19
Read the link in my sige for info about OEM windows.

Just because you have done something does not make it legal or acceptable.
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post #16 of 19
OEM copies are tied to the motherboard. If you replace the motherboard for any reason than it died and needed to be replaced you technically need to buy a new copy of Windows.

But you can just call up the phone activation and activate no problem. Just tell them you had to reinstall Windows and that it is only installed on one computer.

EDIT: Just so everyone is clear if you replaced your motherboard because it died then you do NOT need to buy a new OEM lic. I am a MS partner and system builder.
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Read the link in my sige for info about OEM windows.

Just because you have done something does not make it legal or acceptable.
wow I had no idea you could get prosecuted, best bet is to just buy retail unless u plan on never upgrading motherboards or have to RMA.
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post #18 of 19
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Ok. I was hoping id be able to avoid it, but i guess i will have to call them... Time to wait for a few hours on hold.
You can't be put on hold for that long. Especially with regards to activation issues.
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No need to call MS. Your OEM key is tied to your original motherboard. Any attempt to circumvent this is a violation of the EULA and possibly illegal (as well as against the TOS here about tell8ing others to do so).
You need a new copy of windows.
worded it best, and speaks the truth.
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