Do i need a new activation key if i replace core components?
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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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
It allows you to transfer whole PC + OEM licence to another user
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
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).
Windows 8 OEM is a whole different ballgame.
License agreement transfer of license of Windows 8
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.