Can you email microsoft and tell them your motherboard burned out? They should give you a reactivation.
It used to be 10 times, wtf microsoft.
I remember when you could install a windows OS OEM builders licences many times after buying a single copy. OEM is for private computer builders who sell new PC they build. But, I don't sell PC's.
Every 4 or 5 years I will buy a new MB and build a new PC. I've been doing this for more than 15 years.
I flat out refuse to waste hundreds of dollars on pre-built crap with phone support plans, which I never need.
Everytime I build a new system, I am shocked at how much things have changed in only few years. Hardware has become much easier with plug and play yatta yatta, but the OS/software licensing side is a fucking nightmare.
I considered contacting MS to tell them my MB burned out, to get another activiation code, but I'm concerned the original OS install on my main studio cpu might be deactivated. which I can not afford to have that PC go down or have activation issues.
I did some research and apparently I was wrong about the number of OEM win7 pro you can run. The software key is linked to the first MB you install & authenticate it on. they say that you can not transfer or run 2 copies of it on 2 different motherboards. they will issue a reactiviation code if the original MB is damaged or needs to be replaced.but you cannot run two copies at the same time.
I'd like to be able to buy a OS and have the ability to install it however many times I want.
but MS wants FULL RETAIL PRICE to grant me another licence..
No wonder people hack/crack their shit.