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Old 02-08-2014, 02:49 AM
 
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It's an old computer. Why would the OP care about transferring it to other hardware? Wouldn't an OS come with any new system he buys? It doesn't seem like he builds his own systems.
It helps to read the actual question the OP poised. They asked about the difference between an upgrade and retail. I provided the information they needed to make a sound decision. My goal is to provide as much information as possible relating to the topic so the OP and future readers can find the answers they need.

The answers to your questions can only be answered by the OP. I am not the OP, so directing them towards me is silly on your part.
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Old 02-08-2014, 03:03 AM
 
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Here's the thing.... I've never, ever, spoken to anyone at MS, so there's no CS rep making a bad decision here.

I am my system builder, so OEM disks are the correct thing for me to buy. All but one of my licenses are still on the original hardware they were purchased for. My personal tower has had most of the internals replaced.

When I upgraded my tower (about 3 years after initially building it), it activated on it's own through the automated activation system, it was only when the MB had to be replaced 3 weeks later that it required reactivation via MS. This was an automated phone line that only asked how many active installs that license was used on.

A year later I changed the boot drive and reloaded the machine from scratch (no other changes), and it had to be activated via the phone system again, but again, no CS rep, and no questions other than was it installed more than once.
Yea, you have a good point. The automated system too easily allows an uninformed individual to use the software illegally.

As for you computer, if the motherboard was changed due to a defect (as determined by the manufacturer), you can continue to use your current OEM license. If it was changed for any other reason, you are required to purchase a new license.
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Old 02-08-2014, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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It helps to read the actual question the OP poised. They asked about the difference between an upgrade and retail. I provided the information they needed to make a sound decision. My goal is to provide as much information as possible relating to the topic so the OP and future readers can find the answers they need.

The answers to your questions can only be answered by the OP. I am not the OP, so directing them towards me is silly on your part.
Your info has been good, but I asked what I think the OP should ask. I'm sorry if you don't like it.
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Old 02-09-2014, 11:44 PM
 
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Your info has been good, but I asked what I think the OP should ask. I'm sorry if you don't like it.
But you're asking the wrong person. You should be asking the OP. How would I know whether his new computer would come with an OS? That depends on where he will be purchasing it. How would I know what his intentions are and whether he cares about being able to transfer the license? The OP hasn't provided enough information for me to know these things. You need to direct your questions to the right person. I'm not the OP.
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Old 02-10-2014, 07:32 PM
 
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But you're asking the wrong person. You should be asking the OP. How would I know whether his new computer would come with an OS? That depends on where he will be purchasing it. How would I know what his intentions are and whether he cares about being able to transfer the license? The OP hasn't provided enough information for me to know these things. You need to direct your questions to the right person. I'm not the OP.
The question was related to your post, so I quoted it. I suppose you're right but I wanted the copy of what you posted to be there when the OP read it.
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