Re: Vista Home Premium 64 OEM (System Builders) Question
I have built many, many machines with OEM operating systems.
The most sensitive component that is bonded to the activation key is, duh,
the motherboard. The hard drive is the least sensitive component, all other
components remaining unchanged.
I have had Vista machines, but not XP and not all Vista machines, insist on
reactivation and a new key when a new video card was installed, even going
from one generation of Nvidia to another.
I expected to have problems recently exchanging an Nvidia video card for an
ATI in one Vista machine but it did not even hiccough.
Fortunately those Indians who Microsoft gave American jobs to are polite
about reading you a new activation key under most circumstances if you are
also polite. I have had the same experience with the polite Indians that
Adobe also gave American jobs to.
I have never had a problem with activation simply changing hard drives,
whether with a reinstall of the OS or cloning the existing hard drive to a
new and larger one.