windows product key questions

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Joined: 01/15/2012
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i've been wondering about the windows product keys if you reinstall windows on a newer handrive and new mobo does this mean i have to buy another key?

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Razear's picture
Joined: 12/30/2008
Posts: 1126

Retail keys can be transferred, OEM keys cannot, however you can call Microsoft and they will usually allow you to reactivate it on another system.

eire1274's picture
Joined: 09/12/2003
Posts: 1292

In most cases, if you can claim it as an upgrade to the original system, they will reactivate it. If you are transferring to a whole brand new machine, they will not.

ADDED: Oops, video that probably covered that. Why didn't that show up the first time I viewed the page?

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