I've got an odd situation on my hands & need some tech support as Microsoft can't answer my question for me which is odd as it's a simple question.
I've got 2 systems (a personal computer & a HTPC) running Windos 7 Home Premium...Family Pack. I have not used the 3rd activation yet, I've been holding off to see if/when my daughters computer would die. When that happens, I was going to give her mine, and build a new one with the last activation on Windows 7.
Well, my computer began having issues last year (IE & a couple other programs are crashing) ever since Corsair replaced my Dominator DDR2 memory (which they no longer made) with a different set of Corsaid DHX Memory. At the time, I put up with it thinking I was going to upgrade to Win 7 when it comes out. When I did this (completely clean install...nothing left on the HDD when I installed Win 7), I STILL have the same issues, so I thought it was obviously bad memory. I've run MemTest like crazy in as many different ways as possible, and the Memory always tests ok but I still have the problem.
I've believe the issue is the motherboard but I can not confirm this as I have no other way to test just the motherboard, which is unfortunately not made anymore & is JUST out of warranty (go figure). So here is what I'm thinking of doing...
I'm going to get a completely different motherboard (just happens to be the exact same motherboard as I'm using for the HTPC...but all other components will be different) for my personal computer, at the same time, I am going to take the CPU from my personal computer (Core 2 Quad), and place it in the HTPC (currently a lower end Core 2 Duo). I will then buy a better Core 2 Quad for my personal computer.
Now I know this will cause problems for my activation on BOTH computers, what I need to know is...will this blow my 3rd activation and cause me headaches later on when my daughters computer dies & I give her my personal computer so I can build a new one for myself? If so...what should I do about this? In the end, I'm still only going to be running 2 instances of Win 7 Home Premium with a 3rd later on.