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Do you really get to use/reactivate windows vista 10 times (with the same motherboard & only 1 machine). Because I know if you upgrade cpu's you have to reactivate (XP).
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Hmm. The Retail you can activate as many times as you want. But if you get OEM, it will only allow you to install that copy on a single configuration. If you could reactivate it using more than one motherboard/CPU, that would defeat the whole object of it being classed as OEM.
    
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If so, bummer... :|
    
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I got a retail version from M$ yesterday for a game test session and was going to load it, bit I wanted to make sure. Thanks +rep
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dunno about the unlimited amount of time on retail... I used to think that till my Xp retail got denied... I had installed it bunch of times.. Had to call microsoft and they gave me a new key
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I never heard of reactivating windows because of a CPU change.

is this something new with vista?

I have changed the cpu in this machine about 30 times to test CPU's for my customers

xpp BTW
    
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Originally Posted by Hailscott View Post
Do you really get to use/reactivate windows vista 10 times (with the same motherboard & only 1 machine). Because I know if you upgrade cpu's you have to reactivate (XP).
I've used the same Windows for 3 CPUs 2 HDDs, and 4 mobos thus far...
    
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I've used the same Windows for 3 CPUs 2 HDDs, and 4 mobos thus far...

XP or Vista?
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I never heard of reactivating windows because of a CPU change.

is this something new with vista?

I have changed the cpu in this machine about 30 times to test CPU's for my customers

xpp BTW
Every time I changed my CPU's in my AMD rig I have to reactivate (XP) and It only let me reactivate 1 time.
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What about Academic versions of XP and Vista? Because I got them for free from school.
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