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June 4, 2013 1:52:11 PM

Hello,

Simple question:

Can I reuse the product key of Windows 8 OEM to re-install/clean install Windows 8 on the same computer I originally activated the product key on yesterday? No need explaining why I need to re-install a fresh windows on my computer. I appreciate any help!
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June 4, 2013 1:56:24 PM

Same motherboard? Yes you can.
June 4, 2013 2:00:32 PM

USAFRet said:
Same motherboard? Yes you can.


Yes same everything. So I can reuse the product key? Sweet! I figured I better ask before I go through the motions and then I get an error message saying this product key has already been used. Thanks for the help!
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June 4, 2013 2:01:26 PM
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amacher2772 said:
Hello,

Simple question:

Can I reuse the product key of Windows 8 OEM to re-install/clean install Windows 8 on the same computer I originally activated the product key on yesterday? No need explaining why I need to re-install a fresh windows on my computer. I appreciate any help!


You can use it as many times as you like so long as it's only installed on one functional PC at a time. If you try to install more than 3 times in 12 months you'll have to phone Microsoft for a temp unlock key until some of your activations roll off. Contrary to popular belief, it's not locked to a single mobo.

June 4, 2013 2:35:44 PM

jkflipflop98 said:
amacher2772 said:
Hello,

Simple question:

Can I reuse the product key of Windows 8 OEM to re-install/clean install Windows 8 on the same computer I originally activated the product key on yesterday? No need explaining why I need to re-install a fresh windows on my computer. I appreciate any help!


You can use it as many times as you like so long as it's only installed on one functional PC at a time. If you try to install more than 3 times in 12 months you'll have to phone Microsoft for a temp unlock key until some of your activations roll off. Contrary to popular belief, it's not locked to a single mobo.



Thanks for your help also. I appreciate it! Have a good one.
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