Microsoft activation policy for changing motherboards with Vista OEM

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by JH, Mar 3, 2007.

  1. JH

    JH Guest

    I have an activated copy of Vista Home Premium OEM, and I have been having
    several issues with the motherboard I am using (ASRock 939Dual). Basically,
    the USB controller randomly dying, issues with the onboard LAN, etc, and
    general Windows flakiness that I think can be attributable to the fact it
    has a Uli chipset, and since being bought out by Nvidia, Uli has not really
    released a proper Vista driver.

    Basically, I want to replace the motherboard to end the problems. The same
    board is not available locally; in fact there are only a couple socket 939
    boards I can easily get locally. Even if it was, I don't think I'd want to
    buy the same board given the Uli chipset driver support issues.

    What is Microsoft's policy on a situation like this? I know that you are
    not able to transfer OEM copies to a different motherboard, but what happens
    if the board needs to be replaced due to tech issues with a completely
    different board (manufacturer, chipset, etc.). Will they give me all kinds
    of grief about getting it reactivated and/or try to force me to buy another
    copy of Vista?
    JH, Mar 3, 2007
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    Conor Guest

    It isn't that at all. Mine is working fine. The only thing is the LAN
    which doesn't have a decent driver.

    No. You'll need to do the telephone activation but explain the
    Conor, Mar 4, 2007
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