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Im buying a new mobo for my system andive run into a bit of a stump.

My computer was bought pre built (i knew little to nothing about computers at the time, this was a bit of a mistake on my part) so like most pre built systems, i had an OEM version of windows vista home premium 32 bit. No windows instalation disks were given to me. They gave me 1 out of 2 recovery disks so that was a flop as well.

I do have a factory default partition on my harddrive however that i have used several times already without a problem, so if needed i can make recovery disks after restoring.

My question is, how do i go about putting the harddrive with windows into the new motherboard. I get mixed answered from everywhere i look, some saying it should work just fine without tampering, some say i have to deactivate my key with microsoft then re-activate it when the mobo is installed, some say i have to do a clean install of windows.. im hoping someone out there has worked through this issue before and can tell me step by step how to go about doing this.

Thanks in advance smile.gif
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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.

http://www.overclock.net/windows/156182-oem-clarification.html
    
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so you are saying that i would have to buy a new copy of windows? =/

Yep, if your a student you can get it for like $30.

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@OP Here is your answer:

#1 You can't use the OEM included with the pre-built PC you bought for your new motherboard.
#2 OEM and RETAIL copies of Windows are different
#3 OEM copies of Windows are tied to their respective motherboards that they are installed on and are only valid for one license, which means you can get it validated on different motherboards but it is illegal.
#4 RETAIL copies of Windows usually include something like 1-3 (or more) 'licenses' and are able to be reused on different hardware. This is why RETAIL is so much more expensive.
    
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Well then sorry to inform you that you will probably need to go out and buy a full retail version of windows frown.gif

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@OP Here is your answer:

#1 You can't use the OEM included with the pre-built PC you bought for your new motherboard.
#2 OEM and RETAIL copies of Windows are different
#3 OEM copies of Windows are tied to their respective motherboards that they are installed on and are only valid for one license, which means you can get it validated on different motherboards but it is illegal.
#4 RETAIL copies of Windows usually include something like 1-3 (or more) 'licenses' and are able to be reused on different hardware. This is why RETAIL is so much more expensive.

Thanks, though this puts a huge downfall on my plans (and my girlfriend's) its good to know all the facts.
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guys installing a OEM windows on a new mobo is against the EULA of Windows once its been acivated on one mobo, so any speak of this is also against the TOS of OCN as it A. Violates Microsofts EULA, B. Illegal to pirate software (what you will be doing if you install an OEM windows that was once installed and avtvated before unless its on the same exact mobo/pc.

Please read this post if you have any questions.

http://www.overclock.net/windows/156182-oem-clarification.html
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Guys. You cannot talk about piracy/ what is essentially piracy. Also discussing ways to bypass activation or workarounds is not permitted.

Please refrain from this in the future and keep it off the OCN forums.
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Guys. You cannot talk about piracy/ what is essentially piracy. Also discussing ways to bypass activation or workarounds is not permitted.

Please refrain from this in the future and keep it off the OCN forums.

im sorry i didnt know it was illegal frown.gif thats why i was asking.
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