I was given a pirate copy windows XP pro N that is cracked... No need for a reg key and no need to activate.
The disk is heading for the bin.
Well if it's just the motherboard I'm happy with that scenario. So it's a new motherboard on it's own that denotes a new computer, maybe the new OS won't prompt at every system change for re-activation like XP does.
I wouldn't worry about it. Its always been the case that if you change your motherboard or substantial other parts that amount to a new machine then you need a new licence but as long as you have removed your OEM copy from your PC then it will install and activate over the net. Microsoft are quite rightly jumping on people that frequently break the rules but often are lenient when it comes to something like this especially when its a genuine issue.
I think Djohn is absolutely correct.............But perhaps Microsoft could make life simpler for everyone by significantly narrowing the gap between a single copy OEM and retail version of Windows.
I for one wouldn't mind paying a bit more for a transferable copy of Windows....but at around three times the cost????
I'll be sticking with the leniency of Microsoft for the time being.......and they do understand the needs of the home builder/upgrader.What they don't want is the mass manufacturer licenses being transferred onto what are essentially new PCs with no connection to the original manufacturer!
As a side issue but relating to this, I recently found out that if you have for instance a 98se OEM version of windows and then buy a retail version XP SP2 upgrade, the upgrade takes precedence over the OEM copy and turns it into a retail version.
So when you buy a new machine or do a major upgrade and install XP from your retail upgrade version, the OEM 98se qualifying disk is still legal to use. This applies to all upgrade versions of Microsofts operating systems.
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