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11 Jan 2012  
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit

Was your Windows 7 a Retail version? OEM versions are reputed to be more stringent about hardware changes and activation, so I was pleasantly surprised when I wasn't asked to activate. You're not supposed to be able to do what I did with an OEM version. The two motherboards are so close in specs that I guess Windows didn't see enough of a hardware change to trigger activation. I doubt XP would be so forgiving.
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