Originally Posted by SteelTrepid
The couple of people that quoted my post are correct. Sometimes it is possible to work. I didn't want to get into the huge discussion on how MS works with activation and authentication. After time yes you can again be successful and you can also call them. The last poster though is being silly. Where the hell did I ever get close to suggesting that you buy a new license every time you reinstall on the same system. That is just stupid and you are very silly for even typing it.
I think that you are missing my point there. I didn't want to sound like you said that. What i'm saying is that an OEM license is tied to that single combination of hardware, and is only valid (legit) when used with it. Although the EULA suggests the key will loose legitimacy when hardware changes are applied, as a motherboard change, their activation system doesn't work according to this, as it is the automated phone activation system that grants you a activation code to use, and i find that a little ambiguous, don't you?
the same happens when you first install OS and a few weeks later you need to reinstall. You won't be able to activate through internet, and need to call over and ask a phone activation code. According to the EULA you would need to buy a new license, retail or get genuine kit, for any board changes to stay completely legit.
Personally, i don't think that this is right, as a motherboard change would be allowed, after all you still have all the other components and a board itself doens't make a whole PC, but technically, it is required.
I had no intentions of attacking you or "put words on your mouth". if you understood it as this, i apologyze Edited by matroska - 2/10/11 at 9:56am