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It is supposed to be the same brand and model of motherboard that replaces the damaged one (or as close as possible if it is an older MoBo).

That is why OEM is cheaper, only 1 computer (motherboard) ever, it is a risk you take.
Retail costs more becasue you can use it again and again as you upgrade systems (still only 1 computer at a time).
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The license for an OEM OS says that you may only reactivate a key if the motherboard was replaced by the manufacturer for a covered defect (RMA). If the motherboard was replaced for any other reason (even if it was a failure) the key should not be re-used. Those are the terms of the license, they are not unclear. What Microsoft customer service reps do is not relevant. oc.net will stick to what the license allows, and therefore only allow those suggestions on its public forums. What you do is your business, but please let's only talk about what the license says. And to re-iterate: an OEM license is tied to the motherboard that it was purchased with (or first installed). If you change motherboards via any method other than RMA, you are not supposed to re-use the key. If you don't want to be limited by this, buy retail.
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