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post #11 of 22
2 cables is correct, however against ToS of both Microsoft and OCN
post #12 of 22
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2 cables is correct, however against ToS of both Microsoft and OCN
thanks you said that already
post #13 of 22
I know but its been said already that they will activate the copy if you call them.

I'm saying we're not supposed to be volunteering this info as its against what OCN stands for
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I know but its been said already that they will activate the copy if you call them.

I'm saying we're not supposed to be volunteering this info as its against what OCN stands for
This.

I always feel uncomfortable when I'm supporting the reactivation of an OEM Product Key on a different motherboard - even if the old motherboard is being retired.
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If we talk opinions

My opinion is you paid for it so use it. I'm talking strictly about OCNs rules
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Idk, I think that if YOU bought the computer that had the "OEM" version of windows on it, and down the road you decide to upgrade your CPU,Ram,Motherboard, etc and are no longer using the original components from the OEM, you still payed for the Windows License with the cost of the PC when it was new. And the PC maker ( Compact, Asus, HP, Dell etc.. ) still payed Microsoft for said Windows License, so as long as only you the original purchaser of PC and only 1 PC ( 1 MoBo, 1 CPU, etc ) are being used with the license that you "bought" with that PC then all is well IMO. Now if you are trying to build a new PC and use you OEM key with it and the PC that the OEM Key came with at the same time... that would be wrong
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I bought my first ever copy of windows when I built this computer a few weeks ago. Pretty sure anything boxed on a shelf is RETAIL right? I changed motherboards and was able to reactivate at least. I thought it used to say right on the CD key, retail or OEM, but it doesn't on mine.
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I bought my first ever copy of windows when I built this computer a few weeks ago. Pretty sure anything boxed on a shelf is RETAIL right? I changed motherboards and was able to reactivate at least. I thought it used to say right on the CD key, retail or OEM, but it doesn't on mine.
OEM would be when you buy a pre-made PC and it bring a copy of windows. Retail would be the one you buy personally.
post #19 of 22
I had a motherboard die on my AMD system had an nvidia chipset was asus board replaced it with a MSI 790FX the 2 boards could not have been anymore different. I had the phone next to me when I went to activate the OEM to call microsoft an explain my board had died but I never had to. It just activated sucessfully
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OEM would be when you buy a pre-made PC and it bring a copy of windows. Retail would be the one you buy personally.
wrong, i bought an OEM system builders disc from tigerdirect, the only difference is, the OEM doesnt have the shiny windows 7 box, and it costed about $150 less when i bought it(compared to say, best buy retail) OEM DVDs for windows 7 come in a clear dvd case with a white sleeve over them, whereas the retail comes in the shiny little fancy box
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