Originally Posted by rabidgnome229
windows recently changed their policy about OEM licences. now a mobo change constitutes a new PC (i think it used to be 1 piece intact), so even if u manage to get the re-install going u will need to watch what u say when u ask for a new activation code. but i'm sure the reason for the upgrade was a power surge, and not just because u wanted a new mobo
Even a power surge will not likely get a "free" re-install from M$. They probably won't care why the board was changed. And you may not be able to lie. Xp is pretty invasive, it will be able to TELL that a board was changed, and it will likely communicate that to customer service when you call them for re-activation.....and they will likely tell you to buy a new copy.
Not saying don't try, I mean, if you try and they say ok then you're good......but don't count on it.