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snooker

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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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    8 Pro 64

Mystere

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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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  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    CPU
    Intel i7 3770K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z77X-UD4 TH
    Memory
    16GB DDR3 1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GTX 650
    Sound Card
    Onboard Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Auria 27" IPS + 2x Samsung 23"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440 + 2x 2048x1152
    Hard Drives
    Corsair m4 256GB, 2 WD 2TB drives
    Case
    Antec SOLO II
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000
    Mouse
    Logitech MX

snooker

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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).

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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    8 Pro 64

Mystere

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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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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    CPU
    Intel i7 3770K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z77X-UD4 TH
    Memory
    16GB DDR3 1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GTX 650
    Sound Card
    Onboard Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Auria 27" IPS + 2x Samsung 23"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440 + 2x 2048x1152
    Hard Drives
    Corsair m4 256GB, 2 WD 2TB drives
    Case
    Antec SOLO II
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000
    Mouse
    Logitech MX

area 66

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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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  • OS
    Windows 8 enterprise x64
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Pc-Quebec / Area 66
    CPU
    i7-3960X Extreme Edition
    Motherboard
    Rampage IV Extreme
    Memory
    Gskill 4x4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    4 x HD 7970
    Sound Card
    onboard
    Screen Resolution
    2560*1600
    Hard Drives
    C:\Intel series 520 SSD , 250 GB
    D:\ WD 750 black with Intel 40gb SSD cache Intel RST
    E:\ WD 2TB Black
    PSU
    Corsair AX 1200
    Case
    TT Mozart TX
    Cooling
    Water Cooled
    Keyboard
    Logitech G-15
    Other Info
    Windows 8 VM is install on his own SSD.

Ken

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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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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Self Built
    CPU
    Phenom 2 X2 545
    Motherboard
    ECS IC780M-A2
    Memory
    8gb DDR3 1333MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce GT 8800
    Sound Card
    on board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster 2232BW Plus
    Hard Drives
    Main - OCZ Agility3 SSD 240GB
    Archive - WD 500GB SATA2
    PSU
    GeForce 8800GT
    Case
    Cooler Master
    Cooling
    Fans
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Mouse
    Logitech M705
    Internet Speed
    Cable

area 66

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@ area 66 ... What have you heard about the Bios towards activation ?

Nothing I have not yet face it, I was just asking
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 enterprise x64
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Pc-Quebec / Area 66
    CPU
    i7-3960X Extreme Edition
    Motherboard
    Rampage IV Extreme
    Memory
    Gskill 4x4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    4 x HD 7970
    Sound Card
    onboard
    Screen Resolution
    2560*1600
    Hard Drives
    C:\Intel series 520 SSD , 250 GB
    D:\ WD 750 black with Intel 40gb SSD cache Intel RST
    E:\ WD 2TB Black
    PSU
    Corsair AX 1200
    Case
    TT Mozart TX
    Cooling
    Water Cooled
    Keyboard
    Logitech G-15
    Other Info
    Windows 8 VM is install on his own SSD.

snooker

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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 ?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8 Pro 64

Ken

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Self Built
    CPU
    Phenom 2 X2 545
    Motherboard
    ECS IC780M-A2
    Memory
    8gb DDR3 1333MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce GT 8800
    Sound Card
    on board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster 2232BW Plus
    Hard Drives
    Main - OCZ Agility3 SSD 240GB
    Archive - WD 500GB SATA2
    PSU
    GeForce 8800GT
    Case
    Cooler Master
    Cooling
    Fans
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Mouse
    Logitech M705
    Internet Speed
    Cable
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