So here's the hypothetical situation. I just built my computer and installed Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM. It works fine for a couple of days, when the motherboard starts to malfunction. Eventually it breaks and I have to return it and get it replaced (with the same motherboard, same model, same everything...)
I've heard as long as I have the same model motherboard, I should be able to transfer Windows, even if it is an OEM version. If this is the case, how do I transfer it?
I'd like to know this before I actually install it. Thanks to all who answer.
Your copy of Windows is locked to the PC on which you purchased it. You cannot transfer that license to another PC.
You can upgrade any components or peripherals on your PC and keep your license intact. 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.