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Windows 7: Motherboard replacement, avoid licensing issues

03 May 2012   #1

windows 7 home premium x64
 
 
Motherboard replacement, avoid licensing issues

I have a Gigabyte GA-P35-Ds3 motherboard that has just died. Do I need to replace it with the identical model or is there some leeway in replacing the mobo that won't affect the current Windows 7 licence.

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03 May 2012   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

If it is a retail license, no, any motherboard will be fine.


If it is an OEM license, you will likely have to replace with same model unless Microsoft shows you a little leeway. I have heard they will, at times, depending on how you plead your case and who you talk to.

Motherboard models don't stay around forever, so they may well cut you some slack if that model is no longer available--motherboards do fail and they know it.
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03 May 2012   #3

windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

It is an OEM licence. I was hoping to put in a similar GA-P35 mobo and when it detects a hardware change that I could do a simple reactivation over the internet.
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03 May 2012   #4

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

All you can do is try. It's hard to say how fussy they might be when you try to activate.
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04 May 2012   #5

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

choppies,
In your case, the worst that can happen is that you have to activate via phone. Replacement of the mobo with a 100% identical board is ok on oem license.
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04 May 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If you need to activate by phone and are asked for a reason, just tell them you needed to replace a dead motherboard. You'll be fine.
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