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Windows 7: New motherboard + Win7 MSDN

25 Dec 2009   #1

Win7
 
 
New motherboard + Win7 MSDN

Hey guys, back in August I got a copy of Windows 7 Pro from my professor for free and I've been using it ever since without any issues.

I've decided its time to do a major upgrade to my system and I am going to be getting a new motherboard, CPU, and RAM.

I understand I have to reformat the Hard Drive when getting a new motherboard into my system... My question is: Can I use the SAME windows 7 key / disk that I was given by my professor on my NEW motherboard?

Thanks a ton for any help


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25 Dec 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello CBrz, and welcome to Seven Forums.

As long as it is not a OEM Windows 7 Pro version, then you should have no problem using the same key number with the new motherboard after reinstalling. If you do have problem with activation and it's not a OEM version, then you would just need to do a phone activation instead of the normal online activation.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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25 Dec 2009   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CBrz View Post
Hey guys, back in August I got a copy of Windows 7 Pro from my professor for free and I've been using it ever since without any issues.

I've decided its time to do a major upgrade to my system and I am going to be getting a new motherboard, CPU, and RAM.

I understand I have to reformat the Hard Drive when getting a new motherboard into my system... My question is: Can I use the SAME windows 7 key / disk that I was given by my professor on my NEW motherboard?

Thanks a ton for any help
Yes you can as long as it is not what is known as an OEM edition. That can only stay on one computer. If you have an upgrade or full retail you can. You may have to talk to a tech to put an upgrade on a comp with new cpu ram and mb

Good Luck

Hi Brink we were typing at the same time
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25 Dec 2009   #4

Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello CBrz, and welcome to Seven Forums.

As long as it is not a OEM Windows 7 Pro version, then you should have no problem using the same key number with the new motherboard after reinstalling. If you do have problem with activation, then you would just need to do a phone activation instead of the normal online activation.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Thanks a ton for the welcome and the quick response. I'm not sure if the copy I got WAS OEM... All I know is I was given a download link from the website, I burned it to a CD and then used the key given to me by the prof... How can I tell if it is / isn't?
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25 Dec 2009   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Look in System Properties at the product id like this....


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25 Dec 2009   #6

Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Look in System Properties at the product id like this....
No OEM anywhere in my key... Thanks a ton!
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25 Dec 2009   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CBrz View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Look in System Properties at the product id like this....
No OEM anywhere in my key... Thanks a ton!

Your good to go Enjoy your new computer and free OS. Merry Christmas (belated)
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25 Dec 2009   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Cool you shouldn't have any problem activating it, and your welcome.
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25 Dec 2009   #9
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I'm happy to hear that you good to go. Enjoy your new system.
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