Re: Vista Licensing
You can reinstall Vista OEM as many times as you like on your original
computer. As long as you use the same motherboard, you can change any or all
of the other devices such as your hard drives , cpu, video card, amount of
If you don't want to reinstall your OS after changing the HDD it is
installed on, then use imaging software.
You image your hard drive, swap the drive with the larger one, then use the
imaging software to put the files back onto the new HDD.
Vista Ultimate, and Business has imaging built into the backup application
(using the full backup option).
You can keep changing hardware as much as you like as long as you use the
same motherboard. You might have to reactivate after a hardware change and
you might have to do this by the phone method. You can reactivate as many
times as you like as necessary, there is not license restriction or limited
number of times on doing this.
The versions that are not OEM, but are instead the Retail versions, can be
moved to another computer, as long as it is removed from the previous
"jan" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> I have been reading around on the internet about this annoying new term in
> the Vista EULA which states you can only move the OS to a new system once,
> and any significant upgrades to the current system will count as it being
> new PC. I have seen theat they have changed the retail EULA so that this
> no longer the case but i had my PC built be Scan and it has the OEM
> How resttrictive is this? For example, i backup my PC onto an external
> harddrive, if my main harddrive fails and i restore windows to a new
> Vista will make me reactivate my license and that is my last chance!
> Also, does reformatting and reinstalling the OS count as a go or does this
> not count because the hardware signature of the PC is still the same.
> I think the fact that changing the hard-drive makes you reinstall is
> ridiculous, many people want to upgrade to a larger HDD and this now
> restricts you.