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  • Question

  • If I buy an OEM version of Vista (I just built my own computer) and intall it and then upgrade my motherboard to a new one in a few months when the prices of the newer boards come down will I encounter any problems intalling and validating my vista oem verion again. It seems to me that this is a perfectly valid use of the since the intent is not to prevent someone like me from upgrading their hardware when they wish. Is this correct or will I encounter problems?
    Tuesday, November 27, 2007 8:39 PM

Answers

  • An upgrade of the motherboard is considered to result in a "new personal computer" to which Microsoft OEM operating system software cannot be transferred from another computer. If the motherboard is upgraded or replaced, for reasons other than a defect, then a new computer has been created and the license of new operating system software is required.

     

    If you anticipate a future motherboard upgrade, then purchasing a "retail version" of Windows Vista would be your best choice.

    Tuesday, November 27, 2007 9:04 PM
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  • An upgrade of the motherboard is considered to result in a "new personal computer" to which Microsoft OEM operating system software cannot be transferred from another computer. If the motherboard is upgraded or replaced, for reasons other than a defect, then a new computer has been created and the license of new operating system software is required.

     

    If you anticipate a future motherboard upgrade, then purchasing a "retail version" of Windows Vista would be your best choice.

    Tuesday, November 27, 2007 9:04 PM
    Moderator
  • based on information I found on the microsoft site it seems that computer motherboards can be replaced and oem vista reactivated.

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/buyorupgrade/activationfaq.mspx
    Tuesday, November 27, 2007 11:48 PM