Quote: Originally Posted by 7echno7im
Even with OEM licenses, if you stick to the same model motherboard (or really close) it will be fine. I have had an Xforce motherboard go out on a Vista OEM license and they RMA's me a higher model and even after a clean install, it still thought it was the same one. I never had any issues to this day of reactivating it. Essentially its the same machine. I built it myself.
You may have to call. I actvated my OEM XP x64 without the mobo's RAID function because I had no floppy handy, and figured I'd just do it as a new driver install from the OS once up & running. No can do - it couldn't see the RAID device so it wouldn't install the driver. If I did turn on the RAID, I couldn't boot into the new installation, because, DOH! no RAID device!
So I had to rig a floppy and re-install XP this time with the RAID device enabled. Whan I tried to activate, it wouldn't let me. Sorry, different hardware! WTF???! Same everything, just enabled the RAID. So I had to call & explain, and had no real problem getting the phone activation. But it's pretty twitchy sometimes.