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    Are we allowed to ?

    We are looking to upgrade a couple of our IT suites. We have volume licensing here and the computer cases have XP oem license stickers on them.

    Can we remove the old motherboards and hardrives and upgrade them to something faster without buying a new license, or do we need to buy new licenses for each machine.

    cheers

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    The OEM License is attached to the motherboard. So you will be unable to do that.

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    The key on the PC case has never been used or registered, does this still apply ?

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    pretty sure you cant as it is base licence for your volume licencing.
    Last edited by FN-GM; 13th May 2011 at 10:59 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by difinity View Post
    The key on the PC case has never been used or registered, does this still apply ?
    11. Rather than purchase completely new PCs, my organization performs in-place upgrades to the hardware on many of our computers. We often times only replace the motherboard, processor, and memory. Since the COA is still on the case and the OS is still installed on the hard drive, this computer is still licensed, right?
    ANSWER. Generally, you may upgrade or replace all of the hardware components on your computer and maintain the license for the original Microsoft OEM operating system software, with the exception of an upgrade or replacement of the motherboard. An upgrade of the motherboard is considered to result in a "new personal computer." Microsoft OEM operating system software cannot be transferred from one computer to another. Therefore, if the motherboard is upgraded or replaced for reasons other than a defect then a new computer has been created, the original license expires, and a new full operating system license (not upgrade) is required. This is true even if the computer is covered under Software Assurance or other Volume License programs
    http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...42/oslicqa.doc

    aka, You can't no :P

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    Hang on, so if your Motherboard goes up in smoke and its replaced you can't and carry on as before?

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    Therefore, if the motherboard is upgraded or replaced for reasons other than a defect then a new computer has been created, the original license expires, and a new full operating system license (not upgrade) is required.
    So if our 4 year old out of warranty machine fails, and we send it to the county where hold an SLA for repairs, and they fit another motherboard but of a different model/spec how would we stand?

    What about if the motherboard they fit had an OEM licence (because it was from another machine) - does that licence transfer with the board?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
    Hang on, so if your Motherboard goes up in smoke and its replaced you can't and carry on as before?
    replaced for reasons other than a defect
    So you can :P

    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    So if our 4 year old out of warranty machine fails, and we send it to the county where hold an SLA for repairs, and they fit another motherboard but of a different model/spec how would we stand?

    What about if the motherboard they fit had an OEM licence (because it was from another machine) - does that licence transfer with the board?
    For the first point again replaced for reasons other than a defect . If it's broke you're allowed to change.

    And if they fit a OEM licensed motherboard "I'd assume" your license is ok, as it's a "replacement for defect" their license would be void as it's a "transfer".

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    other than defect

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    If the motherboard is upgraded or replaced for reasons other than a defect then a new computer has been created, the original license expires, and a new full operating system license (not upgrade) is required.
    so if I accidentally break my mobo I can upgrade it as it is now defective?

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    So the OP can basically do what he wants to in terms of upgrading the motherboards and when asked he can just say "they all went up in smoke, had to replace them" and nobody is going to be none the wiser?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjs_mjs View Post
    so if I accidentally break my mobo I can upgrade it as it is now defective?
    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    So the OP can basically do what he wants to in terms of upgrading the motherboards and when asked he can just say "they all went up in smoke, had to replace them" and nobody is going to be none the wiser?
    I have no idea what you are all talking about!

    If a MB happens to fly under a bus, it's defective so can be replaced! yarrrr

    At least that's how that document seems to explain it

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    Quote Originally Posted by difinity View Post
    Can we remove the old motherboards and hardrives and upgrade them to something faster without buying a new license, or do we need to buy new licenses for each machine.
    I could have sworn there was a thread a few months back where someone had managed to get permission from Microsoft to transfer the OEM license for something like half the price of buying new OEM licenses. I can't remember who it was said that or what the thread was titled, though.

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    Depends sometimes it's attached to the case (yes I know its sutck to the case anyway lol) you would probably be okay tbh as if the motherboard fails and u have it swapped out the machine is still licensed (last time I checked). If not EES is so cheap you probably won't have a problem anyway.

    Wes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve21 View Post
    replaced for reasons other than a defect
    So you can :P
    Whoops reading fail.
    Good to know though

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