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09 Dec 2010  
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

Yes like Bill2 said, OEM once activated cannot be transfered to another PC. If your motherboard failed and you couldn't find an exact replacement, I think you could plead you case to Microsoft. If the new one had the same chip-set or very similar you could probably swap them without any hassle. So far I've upgraded my video card, went from the onboard to a PCIe. Upgraded from an IDE to Sata II hard drive. Added 2 more gigs of RAM and a DVD-ROM drive. The only time I had to activate again was after the hard drive swap and that was only because I did a clean install.
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