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Windows 7: Post your OEM Activation Experiences

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29 Dec 2009   #1

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Post your OEM Activation Experiences

Some of us are curious to know exactly what happens when you upgrade the hardware of a machine with an OEM license. So, we are asking you, how did it go when you upgraded the motherboard?

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29 Dec 2009   #2


Good question, Jon, since reports have come up here of exceptions being made by MS on Builder's OEM reactivation to different hardware, even different machines.

I had always heard that there are no exceptions given for at least a mobo changeout.

But Kari had two exceptions given for full hardware change on an OEM: In-place upgrade with retail / OEM / OSB / SB versions?

Others report similar. There is a growing (false?) confidence OEM can migrate.
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