Hi, I need help making an informed decision about my situation. I have always liked trying new things so every time windows come out with new software, I always upgraded. Up until windows XP, I would always pirate windows and I never paid for it, I even pirated windows XP SP1, but when I got to college and received a XP Pro license for only 15 dollars, I haven't pirated windows since. I also purchased Vista Ultimate for 15 dollars, and I paid full retail for windows 7 after beta testing it awhile. So, as you can see I always like to upgrade as I like trying flashy new things.
Right now I have a stable setup running windows 7 for my home theatre PC, that I built myself. Its just a simple core 2 quad with a GTX 580 that I use for everything I do computer wise, but primarily for my TV and Movies. I want to get windows 8 as I always like upgrading but I'm a DIY kind of guy and I have not purchased a OEM Desktop since 1999 and I dont intend to now. With Windows 7, I bought a full retail install license and I've had to reload it several times due to motherboard breaking, hard drive crashes or viruses, etc. I am concerned because I heard there is no full retail copy of windows 8 or there is only one license that can be used on the lifetime of the motherboard or hard drive, and once one of them breaks, I need to have, or purchase a new license, as the old one will be dead with the failed hardware. Is there anyone here that has this dilemma where they build their own machines and have to reload windows at least once a year and are concerned about this news if its even true. Will someone here kindly advise me if this information is accurate and if you are in a similar situation to mine, what do you intend to do? I want to buy the best release they have of windows 8, as I have purchased windows 7 ultimate, but I am scared to buy something then my PC breaks and I have no more windows. I need to find out what to do now because I heard windows 8 is heavily discounted up until January.
Please help me understand this and make the best decision for my situation.