So a friend of mine bought a custom built computer from a local computer shop here a few years ago that has since gone out of business. It is running Windows XP Pro. The motherboard died (almost positive) so we thought this would be a great time to upgrade. Anyways, I'm a bit concerned because as far as I know, OEM software is valid for only one computer and cannot be reactivated. My understanding of OEM would be a computer from a major manufacturer such as Dell, HP, etc. So since this is a custom built computer with OEM software installed ... do you think I will be able to reactivate it? Also, if it matters, we are planning on doing a repair install of windows XP.
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Anyways, I'm a bit concerned because as far as I know, OEM software is valid for only one computer and cannot be reactivated.
There's almost always controversy over this question. Whatever the license says, there is no prohibition against replacing parts that go bad. There is also no requirement to replace with identical parts, since technological advancement makes that impractical.
So, replacing your burned out mobo (or a hard drive, for that matter) will generate the need for re-activation of the OS. The mobo (or HD) does not need to be identical to its replacement. MS will allow re-activation. Their main concern is that the OS not be used in more than one PC at the same time.