Originally Posted by blupupher
Well if you want to get all technical, yea, but like you said, MS defines the motherboard to be the computer.
No, they don't. The motherboard is just the largest contributor to the new computer algorithm.
The OS keeps a list of components. If you change anything, it tracks these changes and adds points. The OS will require revalidation if you change too many components even if the motherboard is not changed. I have trigger the re-validation from moving a HDD, SSD, and GPU multiple times in a day before.
If you bought the copy of Windows, you should be able to install it on whatever you want. If anything, the fact that they don't allow you do to that is theft, since it costs over $100 to begin with. Microsoft should not turn users off from upgrading their outdated hardware in fear that their Windows key will be invalid.
OP, all you'll have to do is call Microsoft's automated support line. If it asks you how many computers your Windows disc has been used on, just say one.[/quote]
What are you talking about? He purchased the OEM version which he agreed to install on only one computer ever.
If he purchased the retail version, then he agrees to install on only one computer at a time.