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Windows 7: Exchanging Motherboard/CPU, exact same installation kept.


27 Jun 2013   #1

Windows 7 professional X64
 
 
Exchanging Motherboard/CPU, exact same installation kept.

Hello guys and girls,

I had asked a similar question before, however that time I ended up performing a clean installation, this time I have way too much software that relies heavily on configuration that took me a while to get right, and I would like if there was an option to keep my operating system as is and swap the motherboard/cpu, they will be a different chipset/socket so I can't just do something simple as swapping it.

I remember there was a method with sysprep.
And there is also the system image, however I don't know if it would be highly advisable to do either of those methods, or just suck it up and go through the whole configurations all over again once I perform the clean install.

Any ideas would be highly appreciated.


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27 Jun 2013   #2

 

If it's a Retail copy, then we can go ahead with figuring this out. If it's OEM, then we can't.

Anyway, sometimes you can do this without any problems and sometimes you can't. So, I recommend at least preparing to format and start over just in case.

In the meantime, there may be ways to back up all of your configurations so that you can format, start over, install the software, reapply the configurations somehow, and be back up and running with no problem. A simple example is Firefox: all I have to do is copy/paste the contents of the default profile folder to a safe place, format and start over, install Firefox, open Firefox, close Firefox, and then copy/paste those contents into the new default profile folder. Then when I open Firefox, everything is back to the way it was, including all of my Extensions. The only exceptions are the Plugins because those need to be installed into Windows.
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27 Jun 2013   #3

Windows 7 professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
If it's a Retail copy, then we can go ahead with figuring this out. If it's OEM, then we can't.

Anyway, sometimes you can do this without any problems and sometimes you can't. So, I recommend at least preparing to format and start over just in case.

In the meantime, there may be ways to back up all of your configurations so that you can format, start over, install the software, reapply the configurations somehow, and be back up and running with no problem. A simple example is Firefox: all I have to do is copy/paste the contents of the default profile folder to a safe place, format and start over, install Firefox, open Firefox, close Firefox, and then copy/paste those contents into the new default profile folder. Then when I open Firefox, everything is back to the way it was, including all of my Extensions. The only exceptions are the Plugins because those need to be installed into Windows.
It's a MAK key for Windows 7 Professional and Enterprise.
Anyway, most of the configurations are not profile configurations such as firefox, but load orders within other applications and things of the like.
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27 Jun 2013   #4

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Could your I.T. Department give you advice and help on doing this.
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27 Jun 2013   #5

Windows 7 professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Could your I.T. Department give you advice and help on doing this.
No, since the key was granted as being an employee that does work for Microsoft.
The key is for personal use until the activations are exhausted.
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27 Jun 2013   #6

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

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27 Jun 2013   #7

Windows 7 professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post


It is the key I've been using to reactivate my copy of Windows 7 whenever it is needed.
Is there any other inquiries you have about my license.. or could you please help me with my actual question?

Thank you.
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27 Jun 2013   #8

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Well I'm sorry I bothered you but I thought the information would be helpful once you replaced the motherboard. Guess not.
Have a nice day.
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27 Jun 2013   #9

Windows 7 professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Well I'm sorry I bothered you but I thought the information would be helpful once you replaced the motherboard. Guess not.
Have a nice day.
Well, it isn't the first time I have performed the change with this same license, I guess I did mention that in the first post.
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27 Jun 2013   #10
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Maybe this is what you're looking for. Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer

However with a new board and CPU you will have a new set of drivers along with the ones from the old board and CPU setup. These may/likely will cause conflicts and possible BSODs later.
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