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oem is tied to mobo
retail is unlimited uses aslong as only one is activated at a time
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Yeah it works, details are not needed but if you REALLY want to argue I'll provide the exact reasons as to why. Same make, same model, same manufacturer, no problem.
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Originally Posted by kiwiasian View Post
Are you talking about your Windows install?
If you are, the answer is no.

Each Windows install is tied to your unique motherboard. Even if you got a new one with the same model, it's still a different motherboard.
Bull....

I am on my 3rd motherboard (all completely different) and I'm still on my original W7 install. No re-activation needed or anything.

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Originally Posted by JohnDProb View Post
oem is tied to mobo

Well.. Sort of. At least it's supposed to be. All that happened when I swapped boards (and CPU and ram) was Windows "Found new Hardware" went nuts for about 5 minutes and then asked for a re-start. I was shocked that I did not have to re-activate.
Edited by stanglx302 - 2/27/11 at 8:12pm
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Bull....

I am on my 3rd motherboard (all completely different) and I'm still on my original W7 install. No re-activation needed or anything.




Well.. Sort of. At least it's supposed to be. All that happened when I swapped boards (and CPU and ram) was Windows "Found new Hardware" went nuts for about 5 minutes and then asked for a re-start. I was shocked that I did not have to re-activate.
If it's an OEM copy it depends on how you got that copy. Full desktops shipped with an OEM version (Dell, HP, ect... full tower setups) are tied to the Bios SLIC tables. Vista used SLIC 2.0 where Win7 uses SLIC 2.1 to activate.

Lets say if you had to replace the mobo with the exact same mobo it would still activate. That's because the bios they release for those motherboards all have their SLIC tables written to, so that people who own the towers can update the bios without losing activation.

Legally there isn't anything wrong with that, even though it's "tied" to the motherboard. At least, I don't see anything wrong as long as he's just repairing it and not duping the system so that he can have two towers with Windows instead of one.
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