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well, my friends hard drive decided to die. i figured no problem, send it in to WD they'll replace it, ill just let him borrow mine for now. so we did that, put my hard drive in, installed vista, tried using his key, and it is invalid or in use. In use is the situation. what can i do? $160+ doesn't just float around, will Microsoft release his key?
    
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call ms they will fix you up
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He can just call up Microsoft when reactivating and they will give a new activation number and it will be good to go. Since it is still the same motherboard I'm assuming they will give the number.
    
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He can just call up Microsoft when reactivating and they will give a new activation number and it will be good to go. Since it is still the same motherboard I'm assuming they will give the number.
it is not the same mobo, the HDD is from another build, which still exists. when we were putting his pc together,, we had it format on my sisters. so i guess id have to reinstall using my sisters PC? doesn't make too much sense to me, but ill do it if need be.
    
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the oem key is tied to the motherboard. if you have to change mobos, you gotta buy a new key
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It's against TOS rules to talk about it here. It is illegal to use a OEM disk on another mb. because it is tied to that mobo.
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Danbeme32 said it all.

Any discussion about software piracy in any way shape or form will earn you an immediate infraction.

Replacing a motherboard while using an OEM version of Windows is only allowed when you replace it under warranty with an identical board.

Carry on.
    
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I think you lot are getting confused
I think he means he formatted the drive on another mobo, not that he has replaced his friends mobo.
If that is the case you can re-activate legally as all you have done is change the HDD - Just call up microsoft and say that the HDD died and had to be replaced.
It does not matter that the HDD was formatted on another system as long as you are not trying to install vista on that system and not your friends. If that makes sense.

However, if you have replaced the mobo in your friends build you cannot legally reactivate the copy.
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any luck?
    
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i formatted the drive on my sisters mobo, the hdd belongs to my friends pc though. my sister has her own copy of vista on her own hard drive.. His hard drive was formatted with her computer also though, the install was done using her pc.....maybe his drive isnt dead... maybe the key is linked to her mobo.. wow im so screwed. i bet if i plug the drive back in her pc, itll run just fine

let this be a lesson to other people i guess..
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