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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
So I'm wanting a 780i, and I thought I read somewhere that Microsoft has it rigged so if you buy a new MB, you HAVE to purchase a new OS license code. Is that true? Even if I use the same hard drive? That sucks if it is true. As if a new MB wasn't exxpensive enough....

What if I purchase a new hard drive later? Will I have to purchase the license code again? Someone please clarify this for me. That's almost enough to make me never want to upgrade twice in the same year!
post #2 of 13
If you have an existing OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) copy of windows ie. one you got as part of a 'packaged' system (all from one supplier eg. Joe's PC shop), then your OEM copy of windows is tethered to that motherboard. You CAN change it, but you have to jump through hoops and call microsoft and prove that you arent a pirate. If you buy, or have a non oem copy of windows, you can put it on as many systems as you like, with only one key meaning only one pc has an legit windows.
post #3 of 13
Alright, if you have an OEM version of your operating system than yes it is confined to the mobo. The hard drive doesn't matter, it's the mobo it's bound to. You will have something like 3 days left on your license if you switch out your mother board, and then vista will stop fully working. However if you have a full retail version of vista, you can switch out the mobo without a problem; you just just have to "re activate" it online, which is free and easy to do; it will prompt you to do it in fact.

I know all this because I recently have experienced the same thing; I had a 780i and I wanted the 790i when it came out. I bought an OEM version of ultimate for the 780i, so I did have to buy a new OS for the new mobo. However, I sold my old mobo and old OS to one of my friends instead of "stepping up" through evga, which basically would've wasted the operating system that was confined to that board. I bought a full retail version of Vista Ultimate 64 from a dude on OCN for 200.. awesome price Check the thread where people got free operating systems from microsoft by doing this customer experience thing... I bought mine off a guy who did that
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post #4 of 13
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Okay, I should clarify, because I still have a little confusion. I purchased SEPARATELY from TigerDirect Windows Home Premium 64-bit OEM. I bought the disc individually at the same time I bought everything else. It is OEM, although it is not tied to the MB. Can I still upgrade without re-purchasing?

P.S. I agree, it is a rip-off.
post #5 of 13
i think most of us do.... they really dont care at least it seems that way when peoples hd die.... hd like to die...
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post #6 of 13
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Wow, it seems this thread was totally needed, because this is very confusing, lol. Stupid Microsoft....
post #7 of 13
if it's OEM, then the guy NEEDS to buy a new license. end of story.

well if he wants to do this legally. Believe me I have researched this all out before dude... unless you can convince a Microsoft employee to do something illegal (which is what some people are recommending... ) then you do need to buy a new license.
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post #8 of 13
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that blows... I guess next time I should just fork up the money for Retail. Lesson Learned!
post #9 of 13
i had to buy a retail vista ultimate. $400 AUD. Was the most expensive part in my sig rig.
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
At what point does the OS "tie" to the MB? Is it once it's installed? Are OEM's coded that way? I guess that's my real question...
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