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OEM Windows- Swap Motherboards?

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i'm pretty sure i can legally do this, but i wanted to check with you guys before gutting two perfectly beautiful computers.

i have 2 computers in front of me, each with its own OEM copy of Win XP. i want to swap the motherboards between the two computers, but leave everything else in place (everything. each processor and hard drive stays with its original case.)

i know i'll have to reformat the hard drives on both machines. i know i'll have to make sure the Windows CDs follow their respective motherboards. if i do it like that, will i absolutely, positively have no problem activating them again? even if i have to call M$ for new keys, i want to make sure i can do this without paying for new copies. one of these computers is 3 months old and the other is 8 months - i really don't want to have to spend $200 for two new licenses.
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So long as you use the same respective OEM keys on each motherboard when you swap them from one system to another, you're perfectly legal.
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Legally it's fine although people will argue. OEM can be related to any piece of hardware. I purchased a floppy drive with xp64 oem. And they just sent me a free OEM of vista 64 to replace it.. Floppy is still in there though. haha
    
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if you have any problems call windows activation and they will help reactivate it just tell them you had to replace the motherboards because you killed the other two and they will reactivate for you. I am speaking from experience.
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I did the same thing.

Things were fine, but I had to re activate each copy.

And what's worse ... I got the dreaded "This license key has expired and so you have to get on with phone support in India to get a new key" message.

But 20mins on the phone and things were fine.

Go for it. Not a problem. Worst case scenario? You'll have to reactivate windows.

    
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