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  • Question

  • Hi there,

    I installed Windows 7 OEM on my new rig last night, but I did not activate. It said I had 30 days till activation. I got to thinking, and I want to replace my motherboard with a new one that supports SLI, as the one I installed to doesn't. I'd like to know if I replace my motherboard before activation will it not even know I installed to a different motherboard.  It's not like I'm doing anything sneaky, I just want to try a new Mobo and still be legal without having to buy a whole nother OS.

    Will what I want to do work? Like I said, I havent activated yet and I still have time.

    Thursday, October 27, 2011 2:35 PM

Answers

  • Once installed an OEM license is tied to the motherboard.  Changing the motherboard kills the license.  The OEM FAQs at

    http://www.microsoft.com/OEM/en/licensing/sblicensing/Pages/licensing_faq.aspx#faq2

    are clear:

    Q. Can a PC with an OEM Windows operating system have its motherboard upgraded and keep the same license? What if it was replaced because it was defective?

    A. Generally, an end user can upgrade or replace all of the hardware components on a computer—except the motherboard—and still retain the license for the original Microsoft OEM operating system software. If the motherboard is upgraded or replaced for reasons other than a defect, then a new computer has been created. Microsoft OEM operating system software cannot be transferred to the new computer, and the license of new operating system software is required.

    It sounds like you purchased an OEM System Builder license from someplace like Amazon.  If so, be aware that you are out of compliance with the system builder license if you install the software for your own use.  The license is clear that the purchaser is only entitled to install the software on a computer for sale to a customer and is not entitled to use the software on his own computer.  OEM licenses are not for end users.  A do-it-yourselfer is not a system builder under the terms of the SB license.  The correct license for an end user is retail.

     


    Colin Barnhorst Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on DIY with 6GB ram.
    Thursday, October 27, 2011 2:51 PM
    Answerer
  • Yes, you can reuse the same OEM Windows 7 license as long as it was not activated previously.
    Carey Frisch
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Thursday, October 27, 2011 9:59 PM
    Thursday, October 27, 2011 2:54 PM
    Moderator

All replies

  • Once installed an OEM license is tied to the motherboard.  Changing the motherboard kills the license.  The OEM FAQs at

    http://www.microsoft.com/OEM/en/licensing/sblicensing/Pages/licensing_faq.aspx#faq2

    are clear:

    Q. Can a PC with an OEM Windows operating system have its motherboard upgraded and keep the same license? What if it was replaced because it was defective?

    A. Generally, an end user can upgrade or replace all of the hardware components on a computer—except the motherboard—and still retain the license for the original Microsoft OEM operating system software. If the motherboard is upgraded or replaced for reasons other than a defect, then a new computer has been created. Microsoft OEM operating system software cannot be transferred to the new computer, and the license of new operating system software is required.

    It sounds like you purchased an OEM System Builder license from someplace like Amazon.  If so, be aware that you are out of compliance with the system builder license if you install the software for your own use.  The license is clear that the purchaser is only entitled to install the software on a computer for sale to a customer and is not entitled to use the software on his own computer.  OEM licenses are not for end users.  A do-it-yourselfer is not a system builder under the terms of the SB license.  The correct license for an end user is retail.

     


    Colin Barnhorst Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on DIY with 6GB ram.
    Thursday, October 27, 2011 2:51 PM
    Answerer
  • Yes, you can reuse the same OEM Windows 7 license as long as it was not activated previously.
    Carey Frisch
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Thursday, October 27, 2011 9:59 PM
    Thursday, October 27, 2011 2:54 PM
    Moderator