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Considering upgrading to sandybridge soon. I have the 64-bit home premium OEM windows 7. This can only be used for one motherboard right? Can I call Microsoft and ask them to unregister the copy from my current motherboard or something and reuse the key?
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Yea microsoft can do that for you but expect it to take a fair amount of time, and if you get someone in a bad mood they will prob just say no. Try it first is my sugestion sometimes it might work.
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No. OEM is locked to the first motherboard it is installed on.

Read the link in my sig for more detail.
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Originally Posted by blupupher View Post
No. OEM is locked to the first motherboard it is installed on.
Technically, OEM is locked to the first computer it is installed on.

A swap to a different motherboard is considered a new computer. Any component change in a system is logged until there are enough changes that the OS believe it is a new computer.
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
Technically, OEM is locked to the first computer it is installed on.

A swap to a different motherboard is considered a new computer. Any component change in a system is logged until there are enough changes that the OS believe it is a new computer.
Well if you want to get all technical, yea, but like you said, MS defines the motherboard to be the computer.

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it worked 3 times for me... but best way is just tell them your motherboard died after a few hours, and you got a new one
So your advocating lying and theft?
Read the link in my sig before giving out bad advice that may get you an infraction or worse.
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Well if you want to get all technical, yea, but like you said, MS defines the motherboard to be the computer.



So your advocating lying and theft?
Read the link in my sig before giving out bad advice that may get you an infraction or worse.
Lol you need to calm down it's only Microsoft I mean what's one oem copy worth to them especially when he will continue to use m$ products on other computers. It's not like he's running the same one on 5 computers n
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According to the rules...no.But I have seen it done.I have a retail copy and still had to go through the process after switching platforms.
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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.
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I use REMOVEWAT for this, don't jump on and say it's piracy when it is NOT... If I uninstall the OS from another machine and install it on my new one that is NOT a problem.
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I use REMOVEWAT for this, don't jump on and say it's piracy when it is NOT... If I uninstall the OS from another machine and install it on my new one that is NOT a problem.
It is violating the EULA for OEM versions.

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I have reinstalled my OEM copy of Windows 7 HP on 3 different motherboards, 4 different video cards and have NEVER had MS give me a hard time.

They usually ask if this copy is running on any other PCs (which it NEVER is) and I get a new key.
To be clear, this does work but it is a violation of EULA for OEM versions.
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