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I built a computer for my grandmother, and I didn't realize the windows key of the system I had previously was OEM. It has been a few weeks, and it's giving her the "not a genuine copy of windows" as of yesterday.

Just wondering if Microsoft will unlock the key or not by calling them, or if I need to get her a new copy. I've heard stories of people doing this, but I'm not quite sure how liberal they are with it.
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Doubt it, but you can try. You could try to give the excuse that the old motherboard died and see what they say but if you are being honest it's not a transferable license and you are technically breaking the EUA.
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Doubt it, but you can try. You could try to give the excuse that the old motherboard died and see what they say but if you are being honest it's not a transferable license and you are technically breaking the EUA.

Yeah, I just know I've heard stories of people doing that. I believe Linus does it a lot, as I know he has said in his videos that he ran out of keys and had to have Microsoft unlock them again. If I have to get her another OEM copy, I will. It's just that she's old and tends to panic when it comes to technology lol.
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It is only valid to use the OEM key on the computer it was originally installed on from the factory (the license is actually tied to the motherboard from that machine). It sounds here like you built a new machine, and took the key from her old Dell, HP, or whatever, and are trying to make use of it on the new build.

http://www.overclock.net/t/156182/oem-clarification

Unfortunately for you, this is against Microsoft's EULA (End User License Agreement), and any such discussion of violating it (Phone activation or otherwise) is against our Terms of Service.

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My bad can't help you you'll have to buy a new copy
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