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Do i need a new activation key if i replace core components?

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January 11, 2013 6:04:18 PM

I am going to get windows 8 and put it on an SSD for my current computer. In about a month however I am replacing the CPU, MOBO, and RAM. I have heard that doing so causes some people to get windows errors because windows thinks its being used in another system now. Will I be ok putting the OS on the SSD and replacing the parts? Or would I need another windows key?

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a b * Windows 8
January 11, 2013 6:08:48 PM

Windows 8 new licening is way different than windows 7 and allows you to switch new components.
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January 11, 2013 6:09:40 PM

Just make sure the copy of Windows 8 you get is not OEM, and then you can take it off and put it on whatever your primary computer is without worry of changing components (of course it can only run on 1 pc at a time though).
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January 11, 2013 6:16:10 PM

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a b * Windows 8
January 11, 2013 6:52:37 PM

Hi :) 

To answer your question directly...

OEM , yes you will have to buy another key...

RETAIL no you wont...

All the best Brett :) 
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a b * Windows 8
January 11, 2013 8:03:39 PM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

To answer your question directly...

OEM , yes you will have to buy another key...

RETAIL no you wont...

All the best Brett :) 



There is no retail version of Windows 8 and you are allowed to upgrade your hardware.
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a b * Windows 8
January 11, 2013 9:40:45 PM

Hi getochkn

what do you mean by

There is no retail version of Windows 8

What country are you in ?

There are less retail versions of Windows 8 than 7 but there are difference between OEM & retail Widows files & licenses

Microsoft Upgrades (Windows & Office) are very rarely OEM


One noticable difference between 7 & 8 Retail DVD's is that 8 DVD's no longer have holograms
(Which make it easy to spot counterfeit Xp, Vista or 7 disks)

With OEM Windows you will not be able to re activate on line if you change the Motherboard.
Microsoft occasionally lets you change the motherboard if the old one dies and no direct replacement is available but it is at their discression

PS I looked up Microsoft Win EULA

http://www.microsoft.com/Oem/en-gb/licensing/sblicensin...

It allows you to transfer whole PC + OEM licence to another user

regards

Mike Barnes
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January 11, 2013 9:42:55 PM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

To answer your question directly...

OEM , yes you will have to buy another key...

RETAIL no you wont...

All the best Brett :) 


The Windows 8 OEM EULA allows you to transfer the license between computers you own or even transfer it to another owner if certain criteria are met.
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a b * Windows 8
January 11, 2013 9:58:12 PM

getochkn said:
There is no retail version of Windows 8 and you are allowed to upgrade your hardware.



Hi :) 

Really lol.. I sell them in my shops....

All the best Brett :) 
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a b * Windows 8
January 11, 2013 11:33:05 PM

OEM versions of Windows 7 are identical to Full License Retail versions except for the following:

- OEM versions do not offer any free Microsoft direct support from Microsoft support personnel

- OEM licenses are tied to the very first computer you install and activate it on

- OEM versions allow all hardware upgrades except for an upgrade to a different model motherboard

- OEM versions cannot be used to directly upgrade from an older Windows operating system


Microsoft.com ^


OEM vs. Retail

OEM Windows 7 comes preinstalled on computers. This is the cheapest way to buy windows. Large PC manufacturers like Dell, HP etc. (collectively called royalty OEMs) install windows on millions of such PCs. The main characteristics of such systems are:

The license agreement and support agreement is between you and the PC maker, not MS.

Activation by the end user is not required. Windows is preactivated at the factory by the OEM using images and standard SLP keys.

Your copy of windows is locked to that PC. The license is not transferable.

OEM system builder is what you get when you buy from say Newegg or from a local "white box" vendor. It too has the characteristics of Royalty OEM windows. Although it is possible for an individual to buy a System Builder copy, the license requires that the software be installed using the OPK (OEM preinstall kit) and then resold.

Retail version is what you buy from a retailer like Amazon or Bestbuy. Its a full price version that comes packaged in a retail box with a retail product key. It has to be activated online via MS servers using the key on the box, it is not tied to the PC it was first installed on, though it can only be used on a single computer at a time. And, MS directly provides the support for it. It is also more expensive than OEM copies.

As far as functionality is concerned, theres no difference between any of the versions above, given any specific edition (i.e. between OEM pro and retail pro, or between OEM ultimate and retail ultimate).


sevenforums.com

Windows 8 OEM is a whole different ballgame.

License agreement transfer of license of Windows 8
http://personaluselicense.windows.com/en-US/default.asp...
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a b * Windows 8
January 11, 2013 11:33:16 PM

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a b * Windows 8
January 11, 2013 11:33:36 PM

From http://personaluselicense.windows.com/en-US/default.asp...:

Can I transfer the software to another computer or user? You may transfer the software to another computer that belongs to you. You may also transfer the software (together with the license) to a computer owned by someone else if a) you are the first licensed user of the software and b) the new user agrees to the terms of this agreement. To make that transfer, you must transfer the original media, the certificate of authenticity, the product key and the proof of purchase directly to that other person, without retaining any copies of the software. You may use the backup copy we allow you to make or the media that the software came on to transfer the software. Anytime you transfer the software to a new computer, you must remove the software from the prior computer. You may not transfer the software to share licenses between computers. You may transfer Get Genuine Windows software, Pro Pack or Media Center Pack software only together with the licensed computer.
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