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I just installed my new motherboard, so I had to reformat, and when windows asked me to activate, it said my cd key has been used too many times, and that I have to get a new one... I've only formatted twice before this. I thought that you could reformat as many times as you want... What gives?
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Windows recognizes a new "computer" when a new mobo is installed. If it is the retail, then you can repeat the usage for the key as many times as you want. Which is odd.
    
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Originally Posted by legoman786
Windows recognizes a new "computer" when a new mobo is installed. If it is the retail, then you can repeat the usage for the key as many times as you want. Which is odd.
DAH I have OEM. So... If I was to do this legally I would have to go buy a new cd key?
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Pretty much... Yep.
    
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post #5 of 20
Call them up and explain your situation and they will activate for you. They are very lenient with this as they should be, you bought the damn software you should be able to re-install it when you reformat. Just make sure you tell them it's only being used on one computer and if you replaced your mobo tell them your old one got fried in a freak accident.
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Or you could do that.
    
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post #7 of 20
You bought the software, use it...

Although, MS does need more money...
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post #8 of 20
All you have to do is call the # they give you on screen and tell them you reinstalled/reformatted because of an error/virus/etc. or just sya new mobo. I always do that

Oh yeah, remember, it's one one pc. If they ask you, only tell them it's installed on one computer otherwise they will ask you to buy a license key.
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post #9 of 20
yep it works trust me, i've done it a few times this year. buying new parts. didnt know a new video card constituted a new activation... yep now it does.. lame eh? next? new NIC? lol

if they had their way, im sure you'd need to do it any time you changed resolutions
    
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post #10 of 20
yup had to do this with mine, just told then I had formatted my HDD because of a virus outbreak, and its only installed on one computer. and if you bought it oem from say newegg, tell tell them you bought it seperate from your pc. Oh and don't go saying all the stuff about the one pc and seperate stuff right off the bat. They will ask you. Just make sure you have the right answers.
    
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