Re: New license key?
"Barry Watzman" <WatzmanNOSPAM@neo.rr.com> wrote in message
> Re: "The OEM version is tied to a specific computer, but changing the
> motherboard doesn't make it a new computer."
> This is a really sticky point; from what I can tell, in some cases
> changing the motherboard is ok, but in other cases it does make it a new
> computer. [If changing the motherboard doesn't make it a new computer,
> then what would make it a new computer? Changing the sheet metal of the
> case? This is a question which MS has never answered, or been able to
> answer, because there is no answer.]
> The bottom line here is that if you have to reactivate an OEM copy for
> this reason, it's going to have to be done in person by phone, and as a
> practical matter, the determination of whether or not it's a new computer
> or the same computer gets made by the individual that you are speaking to.
> Consequently, exactly how you phrase your half of the conversation can
> become very important. Changing just a word or two may make the
> difference between getting a new product key and being denied a new key.
> Paul Smith wrote:
>> "Lloyd" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>>> Windows Vista generates its product ID with a code that is tied up with
>>> the motherboard of the computer. So if you decide to change the
>>> motherboard you will not be able to use the same Product key.
>> Retail versions can be transferred to any number of computers as long as
>> its only on one at a time. The OEM version is tied to a specific
>> computer, but changing the motherboard doesn't make it a new computer.
>> It may want you to re-activate by phone (if the change happens "soon"
>> after it was previously activated) but there's no license issues there.
Actually, Microsoft now considers an "optional motherboard replacement" to
be a change of computers, not an upgrade, whether we do or not. This has
been true since XP SP2 was released.
If your motherboard is replaced because it went ****-up, and it's replaced
by the OEM (whoever that is. If you built it, YOU would be the one who
supplies the support, and thus, the OEM), they will probably be more willing
to work with you and Activate it if you call and speak calmly, frankly, and
honestly with the Activation technician. Trying to deceive them would NOT
I've always found that "honestly is the best policy" when speaking with
Microsoft employees about optional support issues.
Donald L McDaniel
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