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IF thats true its news to me mate.... Anyone else managed to activate an OEM licience on more than 1 motherboard ?

The license is the same as in XP, no? Using the same OEM copy for a year now and it has been through 3 MBs so far.
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your CD key is retail. if you buy a computer you get a RETAIL KEY. so you can change your mobo all you want just reinstall it.
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Pre built machines come with OEM Keys. Look on the sticker on the side of the case. One Mobo only.
You can re-use it only if replaced with a like motherboard (same brand and model). Any other use of the OEM key is considered Piracy.
It does not matter if you have done it, even if you call MS and they give you a new key. It is still piracy. That is why OEM is cheaper.

You legally need to buy a new license to use Vista on the new MoBo.

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Edited by blupupher - 5/28/08 at 7:11pm
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I remember reading something about MS "relaxing" the license on OEM copies. I constantly switch out the mobos on my Win machines and they are all running the original OEM copy I got for them initially (one for each PC of course). Don't know if Vista is any different, but I doubt it is. If upon reactivation it asks you to call, chances are that the costumer service rep. will give you another key (they did for me twice when I upgraded some machines at the office).
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Pre built machines come with OEM Keys. Look on the sticker on the side of the case. One Mobo only.
You can re-use it only if replaced with a like motherboard (same brand and model). Any other use of the OEM key is considered Piracy.
It does not matter if you have done it, even if you call MS and they give you a new key. It is still piracy. That is why OEM is cheaper.

You legally need to buy a new license to use Vista on the new MoBo.

POST on OEM OS
So does that mean you can do it but its illegal ???
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post #17 of 18
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So does that mean you can do it but its illegal ???
Yup. There are ways to do it. But you are still breaching the TOS. Not that MI5 or aything will come in and 'bust you up' but none the less its is technically not legal to install OEM windows on more than one motherboard (people may argue otherwise but it is still in breach of the TOS - unless you replace the mobo with an identical make/model)
Edited by coffeejunky - 5/29/08 at 8:59am
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I remember reading something about MS "relaxing" the license on OEM copies. I constantly switch out the mobos on my Win machines and they are all running the original OEM copy I got for them initially (one for each PC of course). Don't know if Vista is any different, but I doubt it is. If upon reactivation it asks you to call, chances are that the costumer service rep. will give you another key (they did for me twice when I upgraded some machines at the office).
It was relaxed for components, but not for the motherboard.

As said above, it can be done, but it is against the TOS that you agree to with you hit F8 when installing Windows, so it is technically pirated software. It is the same for XP and Vista, and has always been that way with any OEM Windows (I know 98, ME and 2000 had OEM and Retail versions, not sure about 95 and earlier).

Just because MS gives you another key does not make it any less pirated. They are trying to keep legit customers happy so they just give the new keys out.
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