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Did a search but I just wanted to be clear that I understand things correctly if I build a computer with Windows 7 OEM version.

1. I can reinstall the OEM version on the same computer an unlimited number of times?

2. You can reinstall OEM without hassle if the MOBO is not upgraded.

3. And if you do upgrade the MOBO it supposed to be a replacement and you'll need to phone Microsoft?
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  1. legally you can only reinstall an OEM version on the same pc (you can't change anything, not the mobo, not an hdd, not a gpu...)

    you will need to call microsoft after 2-3 times to say that you just reinstalled your windows (on the exact same pc).

    (but microsoft can't check if you changed anything ofcourse)
  2. What are some valid TOS reasons for reinstalling (understanding that microsoft can't check your changes ofcourse)?
  3. The 2 that pretty much cover everything are:

    1. Hardware failure (so long as you replace with the same part(s)
    2. Crashed/Corrupted OS install
  4. The_Prophecy said:
    The 2 that pretty much cover everything are:

    1. Hardware failure (so long as you replace with the same part(s)
    2. Crashed/Corrupted OS install


    So there's no flat out limit thought of how many times you can reinstall then right?
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    letsrahk said:
    So there's no flat out limit thought of how many times you can reinstall then right?


    Reinstall: No
    Reactivate: No
    Reactivate online: Yes

    Once you hit the online activation limit, you will need to call (toll free) Microsoft's product activation line (phone number given if necessary). Activating by phone takes about 5-6 minutes, and you usually don't have to talk with a person either. The automated system actually does a nice job of getting you activated and on your way.

    You can reinstall and reactivate as many times as you need to, so long as you are installing the OEM copy on the same computer you originally installed it on.
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