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now what do I do? I installed a new mobo, then installed windows 7 64 bit. During overclocking my hd was corrupted (twice now) and I had to re-install windows fresh. Now it won't activate. Now would I be doing anything illegal trying to get a new key?
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post #22 of 50
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so your saying, when you call in and the MS representative that activates your copy of windows is told everything and they activate it(and that's the key, they don't allow you to activate it, THEY ACTIVATE IT FOR YOU), its still our fault? i don't think so.
Actually, when you call a MS representative... they always ask you specifically if this key is installed on another machine. Only if you say no, then they will activate it. Basically, you are lying to Microsoft before they activate it so it is end-user's fault.


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now what do I do? I installed a new mobo, then installed windows 7 64 bit. During overclocking my hd was corrupted (twice now) and I had to re-install windows fresh. Now it won't activate. Now would I be doing anything illegal trying to get a new key?
Just call and MS will activate it since you are replacing a broken component.
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Actually, when you call a MS representative... they always ask you specifically if this key is installed on another machine. Only if you say no, then they will activate it. Basically, you are lying to Microsoft before they activate it so it is end-user's fault.
saying no is not lying, its not installed on any other machine/computer. anyway ms wants to say it, a motherboard is not a computer. and as soon as you disconnect the MB from the HD, that MB does not know it ever had a copy of windows installed on it therefore its not installed on any other machine.

EDIT: I see what you did there, i said i would not respond anymore so you quoted me...you sneaky little.....LOL nice one!
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post #24 of 50
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He purchased the OEM version which he agreed to install on only one computer ever.
What if he still has Windows intact on his hard drive, but can't boot it when he connects his hard drive to the motherboard? What then? That point is debatable as he has only installed Windows 7 once.
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post #25 of 50
I thought this explained it perfectly clear...
Do you all just ignore what was said in this?

http://www.overclock.net/windows/156...ification.html
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post #26 of 50
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Originally Posted by Blue Destroyer View Post
no, it would be more like the cop escorting you along at 75mph in a 65mph zone. But bad analogy(both mine and yours) are still bad.

so your saying, when you call in and the MS representative that activates your copy of windows is told everything and they activate it(and that's the key, they don't allow you to activate it, THEY ACTIVATE IT FOR YOU), its still our fault? i don't think so. They are exactly saying that the installation does not violate EULA. You cant approve something(specially when i always give them full information on what is/has been replaced)Then say...no no no, we didn't mean it was actually approved. BS you approved it with all the knowledge of what was/has been replaced and you activate it.

Exactly, you both were making bad analogies. This is all a moral issue in the end. Microsoft does not have a reliable way to know what is the real reason you changed the motherboard; they don't know if you can still find another just like that one for sale; they don't even know if the first one doesn't work or not. They could have the biggest law firm on the other side of the phone and still not know it.

That will always be a question of trust. And if they trust what you are telling them, they are not violating their own EULA, they are making an addendum to the specific contract between you and Microsoft. The phone call is the proof and the addendum itself. They are giving you the right to activate it on another motherboard/system, despite the original phrasing of the contract; it is now changed, the agreement has been revised the moment they give you another activation key.

Of course, if they later find out you were lying, that is another matter altogether, and you may be held responsible for that.
 
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post #27 of 50
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saying no is not lying, its not installed on any other machine/computer. anyway ms wants to say it, a motherboard is not a computer. and as soon as you disconnect the MB from the HD, that MB does not know it ever had a copy of windows installed on it therefore its not installed on any other machine.

EDIT: I see what you did there, i said i would not respond anymore so you quoted me...you sneaky little.....LOL nice one!
Actually, it is lying as the OEM EULA says installation on one machine. If you say no, it is not installed on another machine.... you are not quite being honest. A machine instance is not one thing though. It is a gray area.

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What if he still has Windows intact on his hard drive, but can't boot it when he connects his hard drive to the motherboard? What then? That point is debatable as he has only installed Windows 7 once.
Retail license allows installation on one machine at a time.
OEM license allows installation on one machine ever.

Note, that OEM license does not say one installation ever.
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post #28 of 50
If it makes any difference I swapped a HDD with OEM Vista Enterprise on it to my sig rig and never had to reauthorize it. Lol.

I would think that would add so many points to the scale that perhaps I broke the system.

That hard drive is still working in my sig rig with no problems.
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If it makes any difference I swapped a HDD with OEM Vista Enterprise on it to my sig rig and never had to reauthorize it. Lol.

I would think that would add so many points to the scale that perhaps I broke the system.

That hard drive is still working in my sig rig with no problems.
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post #30 of 50
I did.
I went from a AM3 770-G45 to my X58 Intel P6TD.
Just had to format my drive first before I made the switch.

Even so, my OEM Windows7 Premium was installed on my 320GB HD.
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