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    question about vista upgrade media

    if i buy it as an upgrade media to an xp on say a laptop but instead use it on a pc, would the ba llowed accoridng to the eula etc? or can you just use it on that alptop and not any other machine?

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    Lightbulb Re: question about vista upgrade media

    Nobody is going to know what type of system you install it on?
    You can use it on any (one) system - so either your laptop, or your PC
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    Re: question about vista upgrade media

    if your first install is OEM, I don't think it'll work as the product key is registered to the one motherboard. You could always pull the old "my mobo died, can i have a new key?" thing and see if it works.

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    Re: question about vista upgrade media

    Upgrade follows the license of your original media. So if your old license is an OEM one (it will be if it came with a laptop) then the upgrade will still be OEM, so only allowed on that machine, even when you upgrade.

    If the original license was a Retail one, then it can follow the retail license around when you upgrade/change PC.

    In short, just buy a new OEM license. It's cheaper. You can dual-boot that way too if you like.

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    Re: question about vista upgrade media

    Thanks was hoping it would be legal i wish software4students sold the retail instead of upgrade.

    So owuld I be able to do clean installs infinity times using an oem?

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    Re: question about vista upgrade media

    In theory yes, providing the PC (read: motherboard) remained the same. Eventually it will call you up and ask you to activate via phone, but it would still be within the terms of the license.

    As soon as the motherboard changes (for reasons other than an RMA) then that license is written off.

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    Re: question about vista upgrade media

    Quote Originally Posted by this_is_gav View Post
    In theory yes, providing the PC (read: motherboard) remained the same. Eventually it will call you up and ask you to activate via phone, but it would still be within the terms of the license.

    As soon as the motherboard changes (for reasons other than an RMA) then that license is written off.
    How would they know that the mobo has been changed? you could just activiate it cant u?

    and am guessing windows wont work without activation either?

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    Re: question about vista upgrade media

    Quote Originally Posted by looney View Post
    How would they know that the mobo has been changed? you could just activiate it cant u?

    and am guessing windows wont work without activation either?
    Short version: A unique key / hash is generated based on your hardware (and probably its serial numbers). When you change the hardware the hash changes, thus reauthorisation is needed

    Vista will work properly for 30 days after install without being activated.
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