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post #11 of 17
You can change your motherboard, move the license to a different computer if you wish. Windows 8 OEM includes flexible licensing allowing you make as many changes as you wish.

http://personaluselicense.windows.com/en-US/default.aspx

You may transfer the software to another computer that belongs to you. You may also transfer the software (together with the license) to a computer owned by someone else if a) you are the first licensed user of the software and b) the new user agrees to the terms of this agreement. To make that transfer, you must transfer the original media, the certificate of authenticity, the product key and the proof of purchase directly to that other person, without retaining any copies of the software. You may use the backup copy we allow you to make or the media that the software came on to transfer the software. Anytime you transfer the software to a new computer, you must remove the software from the prior computer. You may not transfer the software to share licenses between computers. You may transfer Get Genuine Windows software, Pro Pack or Media Center Pack software only together with the licensed computer."

you can only have 1 pc Active / license at the same time.

You can reinstall as many times as you like, but there is a likely possibility you might have to reactivate by telephone after the 5th time. (explain that you reinstalled and that the key isn't being used on multiple machines)

1) Press Windows key + R, then type: slui.exe 4

2) Next press the 'ENTER' key

3) Select your 'Country' from the list.

4) Choose the 'Phone Activation' option.

5) Stay on the phone (do not select/press any options) and wait for a person to help you with activation.

6) Explain your problem clearly to the support person.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950929/en-us
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by LiNERROR View Post

You can change your motherboard, move the license to a different computer if you wish. Windows 8 OEM includes flexible licensing allowing you make as many changes as you wish.

http://personaluselicense.windows.com/en-US/default.aspx

You may transfer the software to another computer that belongs to you. You may also transfer the software (together with the license) to a computer owned by someone else if a) you are the first licensed user of the software and b) the new user agrees to the terms of this agreement. To make that transfer, you must transfer the original media, the certificate of authenticity, the product key and the proof of purchase directly to that other person, without retaining any copies of the software. You may use the backup copy we allow you to make or the media that the software came on to transfer the software. Anytime you transfer the software to a new computer, you must remove the software from the prior computer. You may not transfer the software to share licenses between computers. You may transfer Get Genuine Windows software, Pro Pack or Media Center Pack software only together with the licensed computer."

you can only have 1 pc Active / license at the same time.

You can reinstall as many times as you like, but there is a likely possibility you might have to reactivate by telephone after the 5th time. (explain that you reinstalled and that the key isn't being used on multiple machines)

1) Press Windows key + R, then type: slui.exe 4

2) Next press the 'ENTER' key

3) Select your 'Country' from the list.

4) Choose the 'Phone Activation' option.

5) Stay on the phone (do not select/press any options) and wait for a person to help you with activation.

6) Explain your problem clearly to the support person.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950929/en-us
That is ONLY if you purchased the OEM software, it does not work with the version/key that came in a prebuilt system. The OP will need to buy a new version of OS, might as well buy the full version of WIndows 8.1 now and skip the OEM because they have done away with the Personal Use license that they had for Windows 8.
 
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post #13 of 17
Note... it's NOT just about the motherboard. Windows keeps track of device changes. After a certain threshold, it require reactivation.


Try install/uninstall your motherboard driver and GPU driver a few times... I've triggered it before.
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Why is this thread so long, it's a simple answer. thumb.gif
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post #15 of 17
Well it's seems to BE about motherboard change, since system builder now put activation key in the BIOS.

Article is about a year old but it explains well the problem. I was not aware of that unfortunate fact.

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-33642_7-57554240-292/windows-8-moves-to-bios-based-product-keys/
post #16 of 17
lets see if this one gets deleted also .. If the customer were able to get that machine fixed, they would simply need to call customer support to re-activate if there were changes big enough to merit PC reset or system recovery unusable. So that option would cover a motherboard replacement
http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-33642_7-57554240-292/windows-8-moves-to-bios-based-product-keys/
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post #17 of 17
Is that just windows 8? I have 7 and changed everything except HDD and same key works.
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