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Old December 27, 2009, 11:57 AM
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I have used OEM copies for years. My XP Home disk was installed on new hardware 3-4 times a year, often a new mobo each year. My Vista OEM disk was used for 2-3 of my upgrades. I have had to call Microsoft several times, and I just tell them that I had to install a new motherboard. Never had an issue, and they don't ask questions.

As for support, there is lots of free support right here at HWC. I would not waste $10 extra for retail over OEM.
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Old December 27, 2009, 03:07 PM
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Same here. I purchase oem versions and never had a problem reinstalling. When hardware changes are made, simply call microsoft and they'll reactivate it for you.

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