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Okay, I just bought a E6600 C2D cpu and recently I realized that I have an OEM version of Vista. Cheaper, yes because it came pre-loaded. What I didn't know is what microsoft is being to taken to court for: You can't make hardware changes or you will not be able to re-activate. Or so i've read.
http://www.daniweb.com/forums/showth...pgrade+cpu+OME

So what are my options? should I just stick it in there anyway and try it out? From what I read in that link I guess you can call-in to MS and get a new number. Screw the EULA if I can get it done like that, I will. But I hope someone here has additional insight for me. What do you think?
(I smell Thepiratebay already.)
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I am pretty sure if you call microsoft they will hook you up with a new activiation key thing. The cdkey will still work, it will just require a phone in to be activated I believe. I've reinstalled my OEM version of vista at least 4 or 5 times and it still shows up as legit.

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I am pretty sure if you call microsoft they will hook you up with a new activiation key thing. The cdkey will still work, it will just require a phone in to be activated I believe. I've reinstalled my OEM version of vista at least 4 or 5 times and it still shows up as legit.

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Yes but have you ever changed out the Mobo/Cpu in an OME vista box before??
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Yes but have you ever changed out the Mobo/Cpu in an OME vista box before??
Are you referring to the oem version of vista? If so, I have swapped between several processor's and have not had to reactivate my copy of vista at all.

As I have heard many times that your oem copy of windows is bound to your mobo, so if you switch to a different motherboard you will need a new copy.

Here, this may be helpful.
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I am tired of reading so many posts suggesting that you may install an OEM copy of a Windows OS on multiple computers and still retain a proper license. Just because you call up and ask for a license key and you are given one does NOT make it OK. Not getting caught is not the same thing as being allowed. The operators that are manning those phone lines do not have the training (or inclination) to determine if you are installing on a new machine or not. The license is clear; OEM = one machine only.

OEM licenses are cheaper for a reason, and it has very little to do with not having a box. It is cheaper because eventually you will need a new machine and will then have to buy another copy of the OS. So next time someone suggests that installing an OEM OS on a new (read: not the original) computer is OK; will get a Piracy Infraction.

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* Minor hardware changes are permitted
* A motherboard change is never minor
* Hardware failure may not allow you to re-activate a license
* This thread is about licensing not morality
* MS will often allow you to re-activate even though they shouldn't, they have stated this will not protect you from prosecution
* If you are upset about the licensing issues of OEM software complain to your system builder
    
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Are you referring to the oem version of vista? If so, I have swapped between several processor's and have not had to reactivate my copy of vista at all.

As I have heard many times that your oem copy of windows is bound to your mobo, so if you switch to a different motherboard you will need a new copy.

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That's good to hear! Of course this just means I'll just have to buy vista again next year when Nehalem comes out D:

I'll let everyone know if it works when I get the CPU next week.
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