Thank you for your answers
I understand the following...
MS knows peoples computers do die,..or whatever over time... I have read the accept a transfer of the OS from the broken computer, to a new computer.. One liscencse for one computer is amintained
I do have an OS Win&disc with lic #number that I put on the old computer about a year or so ago
"Always Allowed: Replacing a Motherboard Because It’s Broken
You can upgrade a lot of hardware components without Windows freaking out, including the graphics card, RAM, and hard drive. But Windows doesn’t normally allow you to replace your computer’s motherboard. When your computer gets a new motherboard, Windows considers that an entirely new computer and will deactivate itself.
While Windows won’t normally allow you to upgrade your computer’s motherboard, there’s one exception, as far as we know: If your motherboard fails and needs to be replaced, you can move your Windows installation to the “new computer” with the new motherboard.
This exemption should be available no matter which type of license you’re using. It ensures you don’t have to buy a new Windows license for a PC if its motherboard breaks. However, to take advantage of this exemption, you’ll have to contact Microsoft via the phone activation process. You may have to talk to a representative and explain what you’re doing, or the automated system may just work."
And from http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-2064097/transfer-hard-drive-build.html
"A few things up front:
1) Windows OEM (which is what most builders use) is not legally transferrable to a new box as it is tied to your old computer. That said, MS is extremely liberal about what is considered a new computer vs what is considered upgrading an old computer for home builders, so at the end of the day, so long as you only have one computer with your liscence of windows on it, it should be a simple call to MS to validate your 'new' build."
I guess I will find out....
Edited by mrmatt2, 25 August 2016 - 10:34 AM.