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    windows 8 hardware restrictions


    Hi ... I'm new to the forum and I'm curious if anyone knows the answer to the question toward how many hardware changes can one make with the OEM upgrade 8 pro on the same motherboard ? Thanks

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    You can make as many changes as you want. At some point (and it is not a single number, because it depends on a lot of factors) you have to re-activate, but you are allowed to reactivate as many times as you want (unless the code is obviously released in the wild and 90000000000 people are activating with it).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    You can make as many changes as you want. At some point (and it is not a single number, because it depends on a lot of factors) you have to re-activate, but you are allowed to reactivate as many times as you want (unless the code is obviously released in the wild and 90000000000 people are activating with it).
    No offense but are you guessing this or you know this to be a fact ? Older Windows OEM versions allowed you only 2 major hardware changes ...
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    That's simply not true. Windows has always allowed as many changes as you want. You just have to re-activate at a certain point. It takes a few seconds. At some point, automatic activation may fail and you need to call the phone number to do activation.

    As for number of changes, that depends on several factors. First, it's the number of different types of changes. For instance, if you change the hard drive, then change the hard drive again, that still counts for only one change. Also, some changes result in multiple changes (like changing your motherboard) which will require re-activation.

    But the point is, it doesn't matter how many changes you make. You just re-activate it.

    Don't confuse having to re-activate with having to buy another copy of Windows. You don't need to buy another copy of windows if you make a number of changes. you just need to re-activate.
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    Ok , good to know . I never own an oem version until now . The price is decent to buy a legal copy
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    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    That's simply not true. Windows has always allowed as many changes as you want. You just have to re-activate at a certain point. It takes a few seconds. At some point, automatic activation may fail and you need to call the phone number to do activation.
    that's right , but I wonder with the new activation with the BIOS , how it work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by area 66 View Post
    but I wonder with the new activation with the BIOS , how it work.
    @ area 66 ... What have you heard about the Bios towards activation ?
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    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by snooker View Post
    Hi ... I'm new to the forum and I'm curious if anyone knows the answer to the question toward how many hardware changes can one make with the OEM upgrade 8 pro on the same motherboard ? Thanks
    If I'm not mistaken...

    OEM versions are full versions that come with new computers like HP etc., or can be purchased with hardware like motherboards etc. "OEM upgrades" are done thru the new computer manufacturer and would come from the manufacturer. Like a free upgrade to the next Windows version when you purchase a particular computer.

    The Windows 8 Pro upgrade that is being currently discounted is a Retail Upgrade license and not an OEM or OEM upgrade license, and follows the terms and conditions of a retail license.
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    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Quote Originally Posted by snooker View Post

    @ area 66 ... What have you heard about the Bios towards activation ?
    Nothing I have not yet face it, I was just asking
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    [QUOTE=Ken;139473]
    Quote Originally Posted by snooker View Post
    The Windows 8 Pro upgrade that is being currently discounted is a Retail Upgrade license and not an OEM or OEM upgrade license, and follows the terms and conditions of a retail license.
    If this is true how does one do a clean installment with them . I have try to boot from one and keep getting the error code 0x8007025D. I just ended up doing it from within windows 7 option . So where are these so call retail versions ? I don't see them at bestbuy and I heard MS got rid of retail , true ?
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