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intel? intel supplies windows keys?
Sorry, I meant Microsoft.
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All the OEM copies I have used (about 10 now) come with 5 activations, it says so right in the fine print on the white OEM case. I have no issues with using it on different setups.
You're not supposed to, as in, it is illegal and against the EULA and Microsoft policy to reactivate an OEM license on anything other than the board it was originally licensed on. Period.

I'm not going to sit here and debate the facts, because those are the facts.

Whether or not you're getting away with reactivation on different boards is a different story and not to be disucssed.
    
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This is not legal. OEM licenses are made for single computers only. A motherboard warrants a new copy of win7. The choice is yours.

inb4 lock
What is a computer? I find myself asking this question constantly, and i think that if i find the answer to this it will lead me to my next question.........what is a person? Is a computer a computer without RAM, is a person a person without arms?
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What is a computer? I find myself asking this question constantly, and i think that if i find the answer to this it will lead me to my next question.........what is a person? Is a computer a computer without RAM, is a person a person without arms?
An OEM license refers to a computer as the 'mainboard/motherboard' at the core meaning of computer. So, you may upgrade any component - CPU, RAM, HDD, CASE, HSF, ODD, GPU, ADD-ON CARDS (etc) - but not the main/mother board.

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Theres a thread floating around here that states zero tolerance policy for discussion about activating OEM operating systems on new computers or motherboards. To put simply, it's illegal. If you bypass it you are breaking the law, it's as simple as that. Calling Microsoft and lying does not make it legal.

The legal fact is: You are allowed (3) hardware changes or (1) motherboard change. Then you need to either re-buy OEM, or buy a retail copy. Any other method should not be discussed on OCN.

Thread will most likely be locked shortly. I would suggest people to stop posting about such things in the mean time.

To the OP: You've made seven threads in the last 2 hours. I really don't know what to say. There is a search feature on the internet.
Edited by Murlocke - 10/13/11 at 7:04pm
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Theres a thread floating around here that states zero tolerance policy for discussion about activating OEM operating systems on new computers or motherboards. To put simply, it's illegal. If you bypass it you are breaking the law, it's as simple as that. Calling Microsoft and lying does not make it legal.

The legal fact is: You are allowed (3) hardware changes or (1) motherboard change. Then you need to either re-buy OEM, or buy a retail copy. Any other method should not be discussed on OCN.

Thread will most likely be locked shortly. I would suggest people to stop posting about such things in the mean time.

To the OP: You've made seven threads in the last 2 hours. I really don't know what to say. There is a search feature on the internet.
Thats really helpful, I was just reading through it and realized I only replaced a motherboard once and it was the same model as a failed one, so I don't think I actually did anything illegal. I ended up calling microsoft when I did that and told them it was an OEM license and the reason I replaced it (SB SATA bug) and they gave me a new key.
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While it is the case that the forum rules state that you should not discuss any bypass of EULA, I do not think anyone in this thread has implied such a thing.

To help clarify, an article on zdnet concerning licensing says that, technically, no end user should ever install an OEM copy of Win7, and that only system builders and OEMs should install using the OPK.. It also states that any agreements are between the Consumer and the OEM, not Microsoft.

As for Retail Upgrade and Retail full packages, these can both be Uninstalled from one PC and transferred to a new PC, with the Upgrade having a pre-requisite of previous Windows license. Agreements are between the Consumer and Microsoft.

Hope this helps answer your question, OP.
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