If you do change hardware, such as a new mobo, PCI card, video card, etc. It is possible to re-install the OS. One may have to call M$ to get an activation code via phone though.For each system you can activate as many times as you need too as long as the hardware doesn't change to the point of looking like a new system.
That's an interesting statement since when I had XP Pro OEM and my mobo died, I was able to re-install the OEM OS. One call to MS and explained the situation, they gave me a new activation code. MS support people are there to help you, not to give you grief. I also did this when I upgraded my CPU and changed from an nVidia graphics card to an ATI Radeon. So I know that at least on four occasions I was able to get new activations from MS via phone with no problems whatsoever.Q: What is an OEM license?
A: OEM licenses come pre-installed on a new PC, or are purchased by system builders to bundle with new PCs. OEM licenses are Full editions restricted by a non-transference clause which states that the OS may only ever be installed on one computer. It is not legal to move an OEM license to a new PC. It is also not legal to reinstall the operating system if a new motherboard with a different chipset is installed.
I have had this a few times over the years and MS have always been very helpful and supplied an activation code within the same day.they gave me a new activation code. MS support people are there to help you, not to give you grief
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