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Originally Posted by transhour View Post
incorrect, you better read the eula on OEM MS Windows again, retail versions you can do this with, OEM's, it is tied to the first motherboard it is activated on, yes there are ways "around" this, but they aren't any more legal than pirating.
People read the EULA?
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post #72 of 111
your dell disc will work just fine, but it will be an illegal pirated copy since OEM only alows you to install on 1 pc, after that its linked to that pc
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Originally Posted by Zonet View Post
No it's not. You call up Microsoft, tell them your motherboard died and you replaced it, and they will reactive it for you. You can do this an unlimited ammount of times, as long as the OEM key is NOT being used on two machines at once.
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So you say the motherboard is defective. = win.
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Scamming? How can you scam someone you have had no means of contact with? You did not give or take money from Microsoft, so scamming is the last thing that is.

No one is promoting lying. No one said "go lie." As I said, its the same as Tax Avoidance vs Tax Evasion. Two very different things. One is legal, the other is not.
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I think I made a HUGE mistake. I bought all the pieces to build my computer thinking I could use my old dell OS disk to install it on my build. I just heard that it wont work. Then I thought oh well I guess Ill have to fork out 50 dollars. WINDOWS 7 is 190 dollars!!! What the world, so there is no way to make my dell OS disk work on my build?
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OK - advising someone to call microsoft (contact), telling them your mobo has died (lying, as OP never mentioned that) is scamming!

Please check out what Bitemarks and bloodstains has quoted.
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post #74 of 111
I have the W7 signature edition. I can install on as many computers as I want to.
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post #75 of 111
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Originally Posted by transhour View Post
http://www.microsoft.com/oem/en/lice...nsing_faq.aspx

scroll down a bit, it will tell you all you need to know when using OEM licenses on their OS's.
This actually brings up a good point to address though: I am both the end user AND the computer manufacturer (as most of us here are). Therefore, aren't I as the manufacturer simply providing support to myself, the end user, but replacing a motherboard?

The end user isn't replacing it, the pc manufacturer is. This point could have it's own discussion I feel!

But if MS's call center employees are going to activate my copy of windows, that's not me doing anything wrong.
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i doubly agree with the ubuntu installation;
if you have on linux background, its very easy to search the forums for basic stuff.
it looks and... sorta feels like windows, but you're completely on your own; something to think about.
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post #77 of 111
http://www.overclock.net/windows/156...ification.html

you should read this, as it is accurate.

and it also specifically states "If the motherboard is upgraded or replaced for reasons other than a defect, then a new computer has been created"
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are you a student?

if you are, and you don't want linux, or can't afford 7, there may be an in between solution like server 2008...
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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
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this is part of the problem on this forum, the hypocrisy.

the members of this forum, seem to hold onto some form of "beliefs" that piracy is bad, and even bands together about it, condoning anyone who admits to being a pirate, but not when it comes to their beloved "OS".

but when it is thrown in their face, that their OEM copies of windows is only good for the pc it was first activated on, then its "okay" to bend the rules, cause they didn't commit "piracy", they just "bent" the rules a little bit.

their is nothing wrong with offering linux as a "free" alternative to windows, especially if obtaining or using windows in a fashion can be considered a crime.
A. Nothing is being thrown in my face.

B. I have used an OEM Vista disc on 3 different computers (not at the same time) and never had to call MS once. Also my brother has now installed his Win 7 OEM disc on 2 different computers (again, not at the same time just a new build) and has not had to call Microsoft.

C. Linux is not good for Windows users and will never be good for Windows users. I find it funny when someone is needing windows and there is always the token Linux nerd that comes on and says "just install linux!" and either everyone ignores him or some debate breaks out over Linux vs Windows. The fact of the matter is that Linux does NOT do what us Windows users need it do: run WINDOWS games and programs.

D. I buy all my software and games and do not condone pirating Windows 7. I buy the OEM version and have always been able to load it onto my new builds without any issue what so ever.

E. I like lists with letters instead of numbers as you don't see them very often compared to lists with numbers.

F. There has to be humor in all debates to keep them light so people don't go crazy
Edited by Exostenza - 2/10/11 at 9:57am
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