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Just so everyone knows
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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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Here is a nice article that restates some of these facts.
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070130-8730.html

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Originally Posted by rabidgnome229
This page explains what you can/can't do

The license states that it is good for 1 PC only. Microsoft has defined 'PC' as a mobo for the license (used to be an HDD IIRC) so your license lives and dies with the mobo

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You can find a phone number here: http://support.microsoft.com/contact...rt/?ws=support
OEM clarification thread
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Actually come to think of it, I think I have the non OEM version.
I think I bought a hard drive and was able to purchase the OS at half price.
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Actually come to think of it, I think I have the non OEM version.
I think I bought a hard drive and was able to purchase the OS at half price.
The OEM has a peel off sticker that attaches to your computer.

The retail version has the COA permanently attached to the DVD case.
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Getting new computer, using the same Vista OEM on it. Will I have to call it in, and if I do what do I say?
Say You had a power surge, had to replace mobo and couldnt get the same one
Edit: For legality reasons this does auctually happen alot, people should buy surge protectors or a ups
Edited by pr0bie - 12/14/08 at 2:20pm
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The OEM has a peel off sticker that attaches to your computer.

The retail version has the COA permanently attached to the DVD case.
Yup, mine had the peel off sticker. Now I have XP 64 on my new rig (OEM version though).
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post #17 of 21
this is a bad subject

best bet is to buy a copy of windows again or get a retail version what allows for mobo and everything to be chaange tons of times
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I might have to...my budget is really tight though...anyone wanna buy XP?
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Say You had a power surge, had to replace mobo and couldnt get the same one
Edit: For legality reasons this does auctually happen alot, people should buy surge protectors or a ups
Then you need a new Key for Windows. That is one of the big reasons OEM is cheaper. It is a risk you take buying OEM.
OEM is meant for computer manufacturers that can service and support their builds (MS service is another thing missing from OEM Windows). As enthusiasts, we see OEM as a cheap solution, but it can be a risky solution.

To the OP, if your Disk did not come in a box or it came with a sticker to put on the side of the computer, it is OEM. While you can do as you please, you just need to be aware that using an OEM Key on more than one motherboard is against Microsofts End User License Agreement that you agreed to the first time you installed Windows, and any further use is considered Software Piracy and can be prosecuted as such. And just because you call MS and get another Key does not make it legal.
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Getting new computer, using the same Vista OEM on it. Will I have to call it in, and if I do what do I say?
what is the meaning of OEM ??? I didn't find it in the dictionary
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