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Old July 12, 2007, 09:44 AM
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I believe it also depends on the OEM version you are using.

OEM versions of windows shipped with pre-builts are definately tied to the hardware, and good luck getting them re-activated with different hardware.

I'm only going on what I remember reading a while back (I'm certainly not going to try to go through and interpet the EULA... :) ), but I believe the EULA is a lot looser when it comes to upgrades for copies purchased with hardware components. A new chipset will trigger a re-activation, but my understanding is that microsoft is only concerned with the OS only being installed on one computer at a time. (The argument probably goes that it is essentially the same computer even with a motherboard upgrade).

That said.... I've never had an issue getting XP re-activated when I've upgraded (I've done that a hell of a lot!! :) ), and I've always said that it was a hardware upgrade rather than needing to convince them that it was due to a hardware failure.
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