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Just a little info that I came across today that I was unaware of (sorry if this is old news)...

"OEM operating system licenses live and die with each PC—they are not transferable." (from Windows site)

Apparently an OEM version of Windows is NOT transferable to a new rig. For those who don't follow, let's say you go out and buy a Dell and then after some time you find out about OC'ing. You learn that you cannot OC the Dell as the BIOS is locked so you run out and get yourself a nice new mobo that will let you play and you perform a transplant. Technically you should not be able to use the OS supplied with the Dell as it is no longer that PC. This is exctly what I am doing currently but I have had to call for my activation code and they have supplied me with one. My only guess is that since the CPU is still the same that is all they are checking, the CPU ID. If I were to change the CPU I am wondering if it would get bounced back as a new rig and thus denied.

At any rate, I just thought I would put this out here in case someone has a problem with it...there will be an answer.
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I have been using my Activation Code from my Gateway for nearly 3 years, and I have reinstalled the OS on at least 3 different HDDs and reformatted probably 6 times, also I've used 2 differnet processors with the OS I'm using. If you bought the OS at retail price, why can you not install on a different computer that you upgraded?? You paid for the Operating System and I think that you should be able to use 1 code per 1 person per 1 computer. I dont think you should be able to put the same code on mutiple computers, but I dont think the OS should be limited to that 1 HDD/CPU combo

I know they aren't supposed to be transferable but Windows doesn't know when you upgrade, unless this is a new anti-piracy feature
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I have a corporate edition, so activation doesn’t affect me lol. Anyway, I think that they should limit it to one computer, that way you have to buy a copy for each computer you own, but I think you should be able to upgrade/replace your computer with out having to buy another copy of windows.
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I have been using my Activation Code from my Gateway for nearly 3 years, and I have reinstalled the OS on at least 3 different HDDs and reformatted probably 6 times, also I've used 2 differnet processors with the OS I'm using. If you bought the OS at retail price, why can you not install on a different computer that you upgraded?? You paid for the Operating System and I think that you should be able to use 1 code per 1 person per 1 computer. I dont think you should be able to put the same code on mutiple computers, but I dont think the OS should be limited to that 1 HDD/CPU combo

I know they aren't supposed to be transferable but Windows doesn't know when you upgrade, unless this is a new anti-piracy feature
This does not apply to retail copies, just the OEM's...those are the ones that a new computer would come with where it is part of the bundle.

I completely agree that it should be 1 copy per PC, but if you upgrade a prefab rig and then upgrade it to the point where none of the original hardware exists I still feel that we should be able to use the OS that came with the original machine since part of the cost of that rig was for the OS. Unless the issue at hand is that they have no way of telling if the OS is being used simultaneously on two machines. Even still, I don't think it is fair to those of us who are not trying to skirt the system and are in fact only running one machine with the OS.
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I know, but I'm doing it with a Gateway OEM serial, not a retail and it's been doing jsut fine
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Originally Posted by Bindusar
Just a little info that I came across today that I was unaware of (sorry if this is old news)...

"OEM operating system licenses live and die with each PC—they are not transferable." (from Windows site)

Apparently an OEM version of Windows is NOT transferable to a new rig. For those who don't follow, let's say you go out and buy a Dell and then after some time you find out about OC'ing. You learn that you cannot OC the Dell as the BIOS is locked so you run out and get yourself a nice new mobo that will let you play and you perform a transplant. Technically you should not be able to use the OS supplied with the Dell as it is no longer that PC. This is exctly what I am doing currently but I have had to call for my activation code and they have supplied me with one. My only guess is that since the CPU is still the same that is all they are checking, the CPU ID. If I were to change the CPU I am wondering if it would get bounced back as a new rig and thus denied.

At any rate, I just thought I would put this out here in case someone has a problem with it...there will be an answer.
Yes i learnt this the hard way after my OEM copy couldnt be activated Online..It sucks Microsoft need to change there policy on this.
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So its pretty cut and dry. If you waste your money on a prefab with a OEM licence dont mess with it . The smart thing is to build your own box and buy a fresh copy of XP. Then you can tweek it till it crys for mercy and throw it away when your done . And install it on a new system .
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So its pretty cut and dry. If you waste your money on a prefab with a OEM licence dont mess with it . The smart thing is to build your own box and buy a fresh copy of XP. Then you can tweek it till it crys for mercy and throw it away when your done . And install it on a new system .
Sounds like the only thing you can do really.
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I've had to reinstall windows 2 times on my HP. Thing is I changed the motherboard long before these two installations.

Each time it wouldn't take the code, I had to call it in. They were quite nice and I go it activated no problem.

I've been able to install SP2 also with no hitches. Except for this last time. It just won't install...grr...

Do you think it's because I used a "Dell Windows XP recovery CD" on my HP that doesn't have the OEM motherboard in it?

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