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Will replacing damaged Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H motherboard void OEM Windows 7 license?

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May 27, 2014 1:17:21 PM

My homebuilt PC's motherboard got physically damaged and I want to replace it with the same board. So I read that "You can replace the motherboard with an identical model or an equivalent model from the OEM if it fails. However, if you personally replace or upgrade the motherboard, your OEM Windows license is null and void."

If I built the PC using and OEM copy and I am replacing my damaged motherboard with the same model motherboard, does that make my license void?
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May 27, 2014 1:23:49 PM

no. it shouldn't even realize the board was changed if its the same model
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May 27, 2014 1:24:07 PM

Not if you replace it with the same exact model.
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May 27, 2014 1:25:19 PM

The key word in that sentence is "identical model or equivalent model". What you're doing is replacing it with an identical board which falls under the former portion of that clause. Go ahead, you're in the clear.

The spirit of that sentence is to prevent you from moving a license from say a Nehalem machine to a Haswell machine. The "equivalent model" clause leaves a bit to interpretation. My view on that statement is, if the socket is the same, it's fair game.
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May 27, 2014 1:30:47 PM

thanks for the quick responses
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