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Hey, Im into upgrading my mobo into a sick EVGA one (so i can have SLI running) but im confused as to with an OEM copy of Vista, Microsoft considers a new mobo a new computer. I know there are a myriad of ways to do it "uninstall all drivers" or "flash BIOS to first revision" but can somebody with actual experience doing this give me some help?
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Hey, Im into upgrading my mobo into a sick EVGA one (so i can have SLI running) but im confused as to with an OEM copy of Vista, Microsoft considers a new mobo a new computer. I know there are a myriad of ways to do it "uninstall all drivers" or "flash BIOS to first revision" but can somebody with actual experience doing this give me some help?
you change the mobo you will have to reactivate windows.
if its from a hp/dell... it is only good for that mother board. the only exception(not 100% on this) is if your mobo had a untimily demise in which you are allowed to replace the mobo. dont quote me on this though.
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I think noobdown is correct. It's only for that board unless it's from Dell. Otherwise OEM vista on multiple computers = bad. But you can re-activate. I did a few times for my dell mobo.
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you change the mobo you will have to reactivate windows.
if its from a hp/dell... it is only good for that mother board. the only exception(not 100% on this) is if your mobo had a untimily demise in which you are allowed to replace the mobo. dont quote me on this though.
You may have to to it by phone but you'll be ok as long it's not hp/dell.
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If you are using the same HD uninstall all your mobo/chipset drivers before you change mobos. Then there shouldn't be an issue.
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With vista beciuse of its huge driver database you cna get away with out uninstalling anything it will detect what it needs as it boots up.
I have gone from AMD to Intel setup on the same install with out issue. It just take a whiel to make that first boot as it sorts out all the drivers.
This is only valid if you are not running raid aswell.
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I have an OEM copy of vista, and recently switched my MB to a totally different one. After reinstalling I activated windows fine, without having to telephone microsoft or anything.
    
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hmm seems like the driver stuff is what it needs, but it looks like its possible. Ive seen guides for XP but i wasnt sure about Vista
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The only legal way to reinstall OEM Windows on a new mobo is to buy a new license. Period.

I have experience in this same scenario, and the only legal way to do it is to buy a new license. Other people suggesting that you reactivate your OEM OS by phone are suggesting that it's ok to do it this way, but you are actually asking a microsoft representative to illegally activate it this way. Sorry, only legal way is to buy new.
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