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I hope someone can answer this for me...

I recently bought almost all new parts for a computer i just built. I wanted to know something about Desktop HD's; is the hd that came with the whole package for the desktop only able to work with the motherboard it came with? Because this is the only solution i can come up with....

This is the whole basics:
I managed to change the master/slave drive i wanted(IDE HD=master now and SATA=slave) in the bios(and changing the connectors). Well when i have it set i save, and it restarts. When it gets to logging in, it says "Windows needs to be activated now." So i click "yes". It then asks to confirm online so i click "yes" again. It's doing its thing, but then it says it is the wrong product key for my old hd, that has already had a OS on it(Home Edition). And im pretty sure that when you buy desktops you dont get the activation key for an OS.....

I'm thinking that since i bought a desktop comp package(Compaq Presario), awhile ago, the HD only works with the motherboard it was purchased with.

So i need to know: Is there any way to use a hd that you bought on a desktop package on another comp?
post #2 of 12
It's not insomuch the fact that the hard drive that works with only one motherboard as it is a Windows licencing issue.

The Windows version you got with your PC is an OEM version. According to MS's EULA, an EOM version can used on one, and only one, computer. MS considers a replacement of a motherboard to constitute a new PC, thus triggering Windows Activation, and failing, since this licencing key was already used on another PC (your old Compaq).

Also, you should have gotten a licencing key with that compaq. Either it's on a label somewhere on the case, or printed somewhere on the documentation you received with it.

You could always call MS activation and tell them you had to replace the motherboard since your old one is broken.
    
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It's not insomuch the fact that the hard drive that works with only one motherboard as it is a Windows licencing issue.

The Windows version you got with your PC is an OEM version. According to MS's EULA, an EOM version can used on one, and only one, computer. MS considers a replacement of a motherboard to constitute a new PC, thus triggering Windows Activation, and failing, since this licencing key was already used on another PC (your old Compaq).

Also, you should have gotten a licencing key with that compaq. Either it's on a label somewhere on the case, or printed somewhere on the documentation you received with it.

You could always call MS activation and tell them you had to replace the motherboard since your old one is broken.
But my motherboard didn't break...
Oh wait. I see I guess i could try MS with that story. Maybe look around for it first though.. Anyways, thanks for the great and fast response. I can tell i'll be visiting this place more often now . I'll come back to this thread if i run into any problems. Thanks again.
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That has happened to me when I put new RAM in a machine... those people at the MS call center get all sorts of things like this.... I personally think they don't even care.
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Ahh Chozart. Sorry to bother again, but would you happen to have a link to the MS Activation number?
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When you try to activate, there should be an 'activate by phone' button on the activation screen. You'll need this, since when you click it, there is an authorization number you need to tell to the MS rep.

Thus, try to authorize again; it'll fail. Then hit the 'activate by phone' and you'll see the phone number and some other stuff.
    
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Oh, i think i have tried that. I was talking to a bot :S and telling the numbers. Maybe i did it wrong, so i'll just try again. Thanks.
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Yeah.. you need to be patient there...somehow there is a way to get through to the person

PS: you can dial in the numbers also It'll work also, and it a lot easier.. LOL
    
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post #9 of 12
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Are you serious?? Lmao.... Well that could help in some way I will try as soon as i can get a hold of the phone
post #10 of 12
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Everyhting worked out great ! Turned out there was a sticker on the bottom of case :S.....
Anyways, to distract from my stupidity, i just have 1 (maybe more >.>) important question. I am installing drivers for my video card(GeForce 7600 GT KO), and while it neared the end, it got an error saying that Windows may not be compatible with it... So i just minimized it and opened IE. Well i restore it and it is in progress of something... it looked like it was frozen so i terminated the process. It all of a sudden speeds up and it goes through this weird 3-d animation... It then says it "successfully installed EVGA Display Driver." I dont know if i should re-install the drivers again, or just let it be.

Updated!
Here is a picture to what it says:
http://img208.imageshack.us/my.php?image=error1hh4.jpg
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