On Sat, 28 Apr 2012 22:52:16 +0000, TroyBraxton wrote:
If I change my motherboard, processor and hard drive do I have to buy windows 7 again?
First, note that changing the processor and hard drive are irrelevant.
The only relevant question is changing the motherboard.
The answer depends on whether you have a retail version of Windows or
an OEM version. If it's a retail version, no, there is no problem. You
can move it from computer to computers as often as you want to, as
long as it is never on two computers at once. Worst case, you might
have to reactive by telephone call, instead of on the internet.
But if it's an OEM version, no, you can't do it. The biggest
disadvantage of an OEM version (at least in the USA) is that its
license ties it permanently to the first computer it's installed on.
It can never legally be moved to another computer, sold, or given away
(except with the original computer). If the computer dies or is
stolen, your license dies with it. And these days, Microsoft considers
that if you change the motherboard, it's a different computer.
Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP
Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP since October 2003
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