|My guess would be no you can't unless it is a very close copy of the OEM. You most likely can't swap say a gigabyte for an asus.|
They normally don't way what component(s) are used to lock in the version. I think it is a cheap shot by MS and the OEM's.
Might hurry up and download Windows 7. Should work for a while.
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