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Originally Posted by Cheetohz View Post

okay, curious as I thought I bought an OEM license when i built my first rig. It came with a box. Recently built a completely new PC. Uninstalled the old and sold it without an os. Got all the parts for my new PC and installed flawlessly. Activation worked without a hiccup, did not have to call in or anything and I am genuine. After reading here I am concerned I may not be legal. What should I do to check to see if I am legal or not?
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If you used the same OEM Key on 2 different builds, that is a violation of the EULA, which could be considered software piracy.
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post #12 of 12
OEM if it's going on a notebook or any computer that you are absolutely sure you will never heavily upgrade. Repairing is fine (like replacing a bad graphics card), but no upgrading. There's nothing illegal about requesting a new key from Microsoft if you needed to replace the motherboard because it was damaged, so long as it's the same model.

Retail if you plan on upgrading/modding later. It's simpler and legal.

If you're not sure, go with retail. A bit more money off the top, but you can't go wrong this way.
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