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Replacing my mobo, what would happen to my windows activation?

post #1 of 8
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I want to replace my crappy dell mobo with something that supports sata 3 and overclocking.I want to push my 860 to 4 GHz

Can I reactivate windows with a new motherboard?
post #2 of 8
Are you sure you can just swap out the MB on your Dell? They use a lot of proprietary components. Motherboard screws may not be in the right place, PSU plugs can be different, all kind of crazy stuff.

But no, if you are using the Windows activation that came with your Dell it will most likely not work on your replacement motherboard. The software is tied to the original machine the same as almost all OEM software.
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Originally Posted by RX7-2nr View Post

Are you sure you can just swap out the MB on your Dell? They use a lot of proprietary components. Motherboard screws may not be in the right place, PSU plugs can be different, all kind of crazy stuff.

But no, if you are using the Windows activation that came with your Dell it will most likely not work on your replacement motherboard. The software is tied to the original machine the same as almost all OEM software.
That mobo is just a dell branded intel board, they stopped using proprietary components long ago.

Maybe I'll try to call microsoft for the activation issues, there are people out there that can get some msp refunds from xbox support via social engineering, I believe it'll also work with windows support
Edited by honam1021 - 4/5/13 at 11:26pm
post #4 of 8
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I wanna know if this mobo is a good choice:http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3241#ov

Or there's anything better?
post #5 of 8
You would need to purchase another windows key as the one you have now is OEM and cannot be transferred to a new motherboard.
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Originally Posted by BFRD View Post

I am tired of reading so many posts suggesting that you may install an OEM copy of a Windows OS on multiple computers and still retain a proper license. Just because you call up and ask for a license key and you are given one does NOT make it OK. Not getting caught is not the same thing as being allowed. The operators that are manning those phone lines do not have the training (or inclination) to determine if you are installing on a new machine or not. The license is clear; OEM = one machine only.


OEM licenses are cheaper for a reason, and it has very little to do with not having a box. It is cheaper because eventually you will need a new machine and will then have to buy another copy of the OS. So next time someone suggests that installing an OEM OS on a new (read: not the original) computer is OK; will get a Piracy Infraction.


Notes:
  • Minor hardware changes are permitted
  • A motherboard change is never minor
  • Hardware failure may not allow you to re-activate a license
  • This thread is about licensing not morality
  • MS will often allow you to re-activate even though they shouldn't, they have stated this will not protect you from prosecution
  • If you are upset about the licensing issues of OEM software complain to your system builder

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Here is a nice article that restates some of these facts.
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070130-8730.html



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Originally Posted by rabidgnome229

This page explains what you can/can't do


The license states that it is good for 1 PC only. Microsoft has defined 'PC' as a mobo for the license (used to be an HDD IIRC) so your license lives and dies with the mobo




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Originally Posted by noobdown

You can find a phone number here: http://support.microsoft.com/contact...rt/?ws=support

http://www.overclock.net/t/156182/oem-clarification/0_100

Regards Bitemarks
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
Just one more question: If I update to windows 8 using a retail update product key, will my copy of windows no longer being tied to the dell mobo?

(Will the update product key license completely replace the original oem one after updating to 8?)
Edited by honam1021 - 4/10/13 at 5:13am
post #7 of 8
Your Windows 8 retail key would not be tied to the dell motherboard but your current key would still tied to it.
post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by Bitemarks and bloodstains View Post

Your Windows 8 retail key would not be tied to the dell motherboard but your current key would still tied to it.
In conclusion: Does updating to a OC friendly modo worth the effort?
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