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OEM Vista re-activation with new MB RRS feed

  • Question

  • Let's say a person buys all the parts for his computer along with an OEM copy of Vista, then builds it himself.

     

    Then later on decides to change the motherboard either because the original is no longer working or he wants/needs to upgrade.

     

    Can he just re-activate his OEM Vista copy or will he need to buy a new one?

     

    Thank you for your time.

    Thursday, November 29, 2007 9:21 AM

Answers

  • Hi Jeremy,

     

      Yes, if you build the computer, you are seen as the 'Manufacturer'. The Licensing agreement says that "The replacement motherboard must be the same make/model or the same manufacturer’s replacement/equivalent, as defined by that manufacturer’s warranty." Since you are the 'Manufacturer' you can define your manufacturer’s warranty any way you wish in regards to 'manufacturer’s replacement/equivalent' motherboard.

     

      Also, Carey is correct, you will need to Activate by Phone and talk to a Live Activation Rep.

     

    Thank you,

    Darin Smith

    WGA Forum Manager

     

    Thursday, November 29, 2007 11:27 PM
  • If you purchase a "generic" OEM version of Windows Vista and reinstall it on a different motherboard, you'll need to "activate by phone".

     

    Thursday, November 29, 2007 1:37 PM
    Moderator

All replies

  • If you purchase a "generic" OEM version of Windows Vista and reinstall it on a different motherboard, you'll need to "activate by phone".

     

    Thursday, November 29, 2007 1:37 PM
    Moderator
  • Hi Jeremy,

     

      Yes, if you build the computer, you are seen as the 'Manufacturer'. The Licensing agreement says that "The replacement motherboard must be the same make/model or the same manufacturer’s replacement/equivalent, as defined by that manufacturer’s warranty." Since you are the 'Manufacturer' you can define your manufacturer’s warranty any way you wish in regards to 'manufacturer’s replacement/equivalent' motherboard.

     

      Also, Carey is correct, you will need to Activate by Phone and talk to a Live Activation Rep.

     

    Thank you,

    Darin Smith

    WGA Forum Manager

     

    Thursday, November 29, 2007 11:27 PM
  • Okay, thanks for the explanation.
    Saturday, December 1, 2007 11:08 PM