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Solved Proper removal/withdrawal of OS?


RVan

New Member
Posts
7
#1
My son accidentally damaged his laptop (Acer V5 Aspire w/touchscreen, Win8.1) screen yesterday. Replacing the screen may be feasible yet, I think unlikely. If memory serves me correctly MS uses the motherboard serial number during registration of their OS to ensure all is legal. However, I think MS also allows owners to "withdraw" and OS license if the OS is a version that permits this. Can someone explain this more thoroughly so, I prepare to save the OS properly to reuse it under the license agreement if we purchase a touchscreen laptop as a replacement.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Acer Aspire V5
    CPU
    i3-3227U
    Memory
    4 GB DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD4000
    Browser
    Palemoon

mrjimphelps

"Phelps Helps"
Posts
148
#2
If you are referring to the Windows that came pre-installed on the laptop when it was new, then you can not legally withdraw the license from that computer and move it to another. It is an "OEM" license, specifically defined to be for that computer only. Your only option to continue with that same license is to repair the computer and continue to use that same computer.

If you move the motherboard and hard drive to another identical laptop case (one in which the monitor works), in my view that would be a "repair" of the same computer, because the motherboard and hard drive are basically the whole computer; whereas the monitor and the case would be "parts" in that situation.

An easier thing to do would be to purchase an identical computer (say, on Ebay), and transfer your hard drive, memory, etc., to it. You are moving out of the "repair" area and into the "replacement" area if you do this. But if you call Microsoft and they activate the license, you are good to go.

No matter what you do, if you can convince Microsoft to activate the license on the computer you finally end up with, you are good to go.

If you do a phone activation, make sure that you write down the activation code that Microsoft gives you, so that you can use it in the future should you ever need to do a clean install of Windows 8.1.
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Dell
    CPU
    Haswell
    Memory
    4 GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer 23"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Two hard drives, 1TB each: One for Linux, one for my data.
    Keyboard
    IBM Model M
    Browser
    Firefox, Opera
    Antivirus
    Sophos (Linux), Trend Micro (Windows)
    Other Info
    I use Samba to share my data drive with the other computers at my house and with my guest session in VMWare Workstation Player.

RVan

New Member
Posts
7
#3
mrjimphelps,

Thanks. Your response is right on and captures a fading memory. I need to evaluate this further before taking action but, I had to have this knowledge before proceeding. My son's laptop is the Core i3 version of the Aspire V5 so, nothing to write home about. If it the i5 it would make for a stronger argument for repair.

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Acer Aspire V5
    CPU
    i3-3227U
    Memory
    4 GB DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD4000
    Browser
    Palemoon

mrjimphelps

"Phelps Helps"
Posts
148
#4

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Dell
    CPU
    Haswell
    Memory
    4 GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer 23"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Two hard drives, 1TB each: One for Linux, one for my data.
    Keyboard
    IBM Model M
    Browser
    Firefox, Opera
    Antivirus
    Sophos (Linux), Trend Micro (Windows)
    Other Info
    I use Samba to share my data drive with the other computers at my house and with my guest session in VMWare Workstation Player.