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  1.    02 Jan 2017 #1
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    Can I run a oem copy of windows on a new pc?


    I have a hp pavilion p6277c-b that I want to upgrade, I have a gtx 1050ti in it and I ran a test on MSI Afterburner and found out that in games my cpu bottle necks my gpu. I would like to upgrade my cpu and mother board but I don't want to buy a new version of windows. Could I use the same windows on a different mother board and cpu? Is there any loop whole I can do?
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  2.    02 Jan 2017 #2
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    Not without violating the OEM EULA (End Users License Agreement). That's one of the reasons why OEM licenses are cheaper than Retail licenses.
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  3.    02 Jan 2017 #3
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    I can go add my Microsoft account to my windows if I want to do a hardware change
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  4.    02 Jan 2017 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackick10 View Post
    I can go add my Microsoft account to my windows if I want to do a hardware change
    And it still violates the End Users License Agreement. If you want to legally transfer your license for Windows to an upgrade computer, the buy a full retail Windows license. Read the rules of this forum. We don't discuss ways to violate License Agreements or violate laws.
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  5.    02 Jan 2017 #5
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  6.    02 Jan 2017 #6
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    Microsoft OEM Licensing FAQ

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    Q. Can a PC with an OEM Windows operating system have its motherboard upgraded and keep the same license? What if it was replaced because it was defective?

    A. Generally, an end user can upgrade or replace all of the hardware components on a computer—except the motherboard—and still retain the license for the original Microsoft OEM operating system software. If the motherboard is upgraded or replaced for reasons other than a defect, then a new computer has been created. Microsoft OEM operating system software cannot be transferred to the new computer, and the license of new operating system software is required. If the motherboard is replaced because it is defective, you do not need to acquire a new operating system license for the PC as long as the replacement motherboard is the same make/model or the same manufacturer's replacement/equivalent, as defined by the manufacturer's warranty.
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  7.    02 Jan 2017 #7
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    Pretty definitive I'd say.
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  8.    02 Jan 2017 #8
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    OK I did not know that, one guy on another from I put it on gave me that link.
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  9.    02 Jan 2017 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackick10 View Post
    OK I did not know that, one guy on another from I put it on gave me that link.
    There is a big difference between what you "can" and "can't" do and what complies with the EULA and the law and what doesn't.
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  10.    02 Jan 2017 #10
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    Further, if it's an OEM installation of the sort used by large PC makers, the license will be locked to the BIOS of the original motherboard.

    An installation on a new MB won't have a normal means of activating.
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