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Windows 7: Replacing Motherboard and Cpu


05 May 2011   #1

Windows 7 ultimate
 
 
Replacing Motherboard and Cpu

Hi i was hoping to get some advise since i am in a tough jam.

I am wanting to replace my motherboard, cpu and memory in my pc. I currently have some software saved on my comp. that i dont want to loose such as adobe master collection cs5 and rosetta stone. If i do a clean install how do I backup this software to transfer it after installing a new motherboard? The reason I am so uneasy about this is because Im not sure if i will lose the product keys and how i would go about getting them back if i did. I have all the discs for my rosetta stone and the product key on the manuel but i know i dont have the product key to re activate my windows 7 if i need it. Can anyone give me some advise on what should be my first step at least because i am completley lost and would considr myself a greenhorn in stuff like this but wanting to learn.


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05 May 2011   #2

Windows 7 SP1 x64
 
 

Simply reinstall your software after reinstalling Windows. Use the product keys from the manuals / packaging for Rosetta Stone and CS5.
You might be able to get your Windows licence key using a licence recovery program such as Jellybean or something like that.
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05 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 x64
 
 

How to Do a Custom Installation of Windows 7

Custom Install Windows 7

This way you will not lose your data.
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05 May 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by abuamatullah View Post
Hi i was hoping to get some advise since i am in a tough jam.

I am wanting to replace my motherboard, cpu and memory in my pc. I currently have some software saved on my comp. that i dont want to loose such as adobe master collection cs5 and rosetta stone. If i do a clean install how do I backup this software to transfer it after installing a new motherboard? The reason I am so uneasy about this is because Im not sure if i will lose the product keys and how i would go about getting them back if i did. I have all the discs for my rosetta stone and the product key on the manuel but i know i dont have the product key to re activate my windows 7 if i need it. Can anyone give me some advise on what should be my first step at least because i am completley lost and would considr myself a greenhorn in stuff like this but wanting to learn.
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You should make an Image of your Hard Drive just in case you need to format it. You do have a good chance that the current Windows 7 install will start up after replacing the MB and CPU ect. Your activation key should be easy to get if your Windows 7 is still starting, I use belarc adviser to do that job myself. Of course you may need to call MS and reactivate because of the new hardware. Good luck to you with your project.
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05 May 2011   #5

Windows 7 ultimate
 
 

thanks for the help everyone. I used windows back up to back up my data onto a external hard drive. Do you think this is sufficiant or should more steps be taken?
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06 May 2011   #6
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Absolutely make an image or two. I would actually use a brand new HDD since you are effectively building a new system and keep the old HDD until you are up and running.

Remember to deactivate your Photoshop and other licensed software after imaging. Then I'd clean install and reactivate everything.
There are tools to help you port your complete system but I think the clean install approach would be worth the effort.
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09 May 2011   #7

Windows 7 ultimate
 
 

lol just decided to do a entire new build instead. appreciate the help from everyone though
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