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I actually plan to switch away from my bulky HAF X to something that is more portable, since I move around from time to time. In order to help funding my new motherboard+case, I plan to sell it either along with the motherboard or separately.

From what I remember, however, isn't the Windows activation ties the OS's key with that motherboard? Or can I just call up Microsoft and have them reactivate my code once I'm done rebuilding the computer with a new motherboard+case?
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I think thats just on branded pcs like hp or the like.
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Originally Posted by DaFirnz View Post

I think thats just on branded pcs like hp or the like.

+1
And if thats the case you can always hack the bios to have the validation key in it.
Thats what I did with a old PC going from a HP motherboard to a DFI one when it failed.
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or contact their customer support and say "X" part died and had to be replaced
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I see, thanks for all the quick response thumb.gif
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If you change motherboard you need a new window OS. Follow link to read more about it.

http://www.overclock.net/t/156182/oem-clarification
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If you bought Retail (BOX) version, the license is transferable. If you bough OEM... good luck getting Microsoft reactivating it on another board.
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