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Motherboard replacement-- Windows

A few years ago, I built a gaming computer with my son. We need to replace the motherboard. He is concerned that since Windows was registered on the old motherboard, that we may need a second license for the new one. Is this true?

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Re: Windows

A retail version can be reused on a new motherboard. You might need to call Microsofts activation help line for that.

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oem/system builders non transferable

if the operating system is oem (came with the computer) and you replaced the motherboard with a different one, then the os should be replaced. You can only reuse the os with a new motherboard if it is the exact same model or the model is no longer available.

If the os is a full retail version, then it can be transferred to the new motherboard.

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Check the installation disc,

it should tell you whether it's retail or OEM. If OEM and you are replacing with a same board then it should be ok as far as I know.

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Talk about confusion.

If you bought an OEM version, Microsoft will wink wink nod nod give you a new activation key. Why is well discussed but it has to do with not wanting to go to court and losing.

If you have a HP, Dell or such then the OEM is locked to that machine and if you replace the motherboard with another model the license is dead and their is no wink wink nod nod activation.

Confused yet?

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