Basically I plan on installing a new graphics card in my pc, no other hardware has changed since installing Windows 8. However I'm worried that installing the new card will require WIndows re-activation, if this happens will I need to purchase a new serial key, or anything else surrounding Windows?
Best Answer Praetor , 26 May 2014 - 14:04
If you only change one or two pieces of equipment it should auto-adjust the activation hash without requiring a reactivation. If it does trigger it you can just call them and they will redo it on the phone for you. Takes about 2-5 minutes.
It depends, really; mainboard swap generaly triggers the WAT, or more components at the same time; it depends if the WAT checks and finds that you have changed so much that it's a new computer (like a mainboard swap).
Also cloning a HDD into a newer one triggers the WAT.
For a graphics card or RAM swap it's OK.Go to the full post