What to do when motherboard dies? RRS feed

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  • Hi there

    I am unable to find an answer to my question anywhere on the internet so thought I would ask here. Any response would be greatly appreciated.

    About 18 months ago I bought a HP Pavilion laptop with Windows Vista pre-installed on it. Now, the motherboard has blown up so I can't use the laptop. To replace the laptop I am thinking of buying a new desktop computer. Is it possible to use the Windows Vista on my old laptop and install it onto my new desktop? I am wondering if this is possible and if so how I go about it? I have read that often Windows will not allow you to install it again as it thinks you are using the same version on two computers. Or do I just have to buy a new version of Windows with my desktop?

    Thanks in advance for your help.


    Saturday, December 27, 2008 9:35 AM


  • The Windows Vista OEM license installed on your HP computer cannot be transferred to a different computer.  When the HP motherboard died, so did the HP OEM license for Vista.
    Please note: I am not a Microsoft employee...only a voluntary forum contributor.
    • Marked as answer by Stephen Holm Monday, December 29, 2008 7:03 PM
    Saturday, December 27, 2008 3:39 PM