I\’ve been looking at upgrading my motherboard (Gigabyte 78LMT-S2P) since it doesn\’t support the FX-8350. But I\’ve been wondering if Windows 8 is locked to the motherboard, so if I go to buy a new motherboard my windows key won\’t work on it since it was registered to my previous motherboard.Windows key product description: Win 8 64bit Eng Intl 1pk DSP OEIThanks.
Windows 8 is very different than Windows 7 was and you need to be aware of the differences.Read the actual Windows 8 licenses, you can transfer them — all of them, as long as you uninstall from the original machine. Microsoft tries to obfuscate what you can do, but this is from the actual OEM license agreement:"Can I transfer the software to another computer or user? You may transfer the software to another computer that belongs to you. You may also transfer the software (together with the license) to a computer owned by someone else if a) you are the first licensed user of the software and b) the new user agrees to the terms of this agreement. To make that transfer, you must transfer the original media, the certificate of authenticity, the product key and the proof of purchase directly to that other person, without retaining any copies of the software. You may use the backup copy we allow you to make or the media that the software came on to transfer the software. Anytime you transfer the software to a new computer, you must remove the software from the prior computer. You may not transfer the software to share licenses between computers. You may transfer Get Genuine Windows software, Pro Pack or Media Center Pack software only together with the licensed computer."See THIS for one moderately clear answer. An actual reading of the license confirms that you can do an OEM transfer, which was not the case for Windows 7.