Hi I've heard elsewhere, that if you ring up MS and tell them that you have blown your mobo, i.e after a memory upgrade or similar....and say that you want to replace the mobo but have an OEM version of Vista installed then MS will issue you with a new product key without to many problems,.... doesn't hurt to ask anyway, worst they can say is no..!!! and then you know that you'll either have to put up with your current setup or fork out for a retail version or a new OEM version of WIndows, incidentally a new OEM Vista Home Premium can be bought on Amazon quite reasonably priced...but you will then have no tech support.
Hope this helps
"mikeyhsd" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message news:OEixIaGsHHA.1204@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
technically you can upgrade anything but the motherboard.
a LITTLE white untruth would not hurt
you upgraded hard drives and added memory.
after all ms has not lived up to its responsibility of providing updated programs and drivers for its own programs/hardware.
"Griffinspc" <email@example.com> wrote in message news:3904E0A4-7361-4745-91B1-D079821110D8@microsoft.com...
OK, I've searched all over and get no clear answer. I installed an upgrade
Vista Home Premium OEM. The OS is working fine but incredibaly slow. I'm
running an Athlon XP2200+ which is fine but the problem is the motherboard,
it only allows up to 1GB PC2100 RAM. I need to install a new mobo that will
allow a memory upgrade to 2GBs and something higher than old PC2100. Now the
big question, everything here is legal but it sounds like Microsoft will
prohibit this hardware upgrade as it is to them, a new machine unless I put
the same make / model of motherboard back in.
What are my options here?
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