Windows 10 1 hardware change

Heera

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I was talking to Microsoft support and they were telling me that my digital windows key was tied to my hardware and i only had 1 hardware change so if i ever wanted to add an ssd andovo.fyi/lorem-ipsum ovo.fyi/temp-mail ovo.fyi/10-minute-mail move the os onto it, thats was it. If i wanted to change my motherboard or another piece of the computer, that was it. Is there any way around this because at this point that means that you cannot just move a drive to a new pc if it has an os on it.
 
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livix07

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I was talking to Microsoft support and they were telling me that my digital windows key was tied to my hardware and i only had 1 hardware change so if i ever wanted to add an ssd and move the os onto it, thats was it. If i wanted to change my motherboard or another piece of the computer, that was it. Is there any way around this because at this point that means that you cannot just move a drive to a new pc if it has an os on it.
They told you that because you have an OEM licence.
Retail licence allows you to install Windows on a different computer but only if you remove it from the previous computer.
You can read here. Section 4 Transfer:

4. Transfer. The provisions of this section do not apply if you acquired the software in Germany or in any of the countries listed on this site (aka.ms/transfer), in which case any transfer of the software to a third party, and the right to use it, must comply with applicable law.

a. Software preinstalled on device. If you acquired the software preinstalled on a device (and also if you upgraded from software preinstalled on a device), you may transfer the license to use the software directly to another user, only with the licensed device. The transfer must include the software and, if provided with the device, an authentic Windows label including the product key. Before any permitted transfer, the other party must agree that this agreement applies to the transfer and use of the software.

b. Stand-alone software. If you acquired the software as stand-alone software (and also if you upgraded from software you acquired as stand-alone software), you may transfer the software to another device that belongs to you. You may also transfer the software to a device owned by someone else if (i) you are the first licensed user of the software and (ii) the new user agrees to the terms of this agreement. You may use the backup copy we allow you to make or the media that the software came on to transfer the software. Every time you transfer the software to a new device, you must remove the software from the prior device. You may not transfer the software to share licenses between devices.
4.a is OEM
4.b
is Retail
 
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