Re: Can I install vista on a new computer after it's been activated?
The answer depends on the type of Vista license you have. If it is an "OEM"
license, then no, you cannot install it on a different PC...even if you
destroy the old PC. They (MS) tie the OEM license to the motherboard it was
originally installed on.
If you purchased a retail license, then yes, you can install it on a
different PC as long as the original PC is no longer using that license. You
may have to phone in the activation and explain your situation but it's
"Ben" <Ben@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> If I install vista on my current machine, and then in a year or so build a
> new machine (scrapping the old one, not re-selling it w/ vista installed),
> I able to activate the copy of vista on that new machine? I figure
> has to allow this because, it is similar to a situation I had with XP
> my old machine died and I had to throw it on a new one. It worked then (no
> complaints from M$) but I'm curious if vista's new anti-piracy thing will
> a problem. Once again, I'm not asking to run it on two machines, just
> from one machine to another. Thanks!