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Windows 7: Will Windows recognize a replacement motherboard of the same model?


02 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Will Windows recognize a replacement motherboard of the same model?

I understand that Windows can get a bit...upset...if you change the motherboard without telling it, i.e. last time I upgraded my motherboard, I just whacked the new board in, and windows wouldn't boot because it thought it was a different computer...or something. If I am getting a replacement motherboard for a faulty one, which is the exact same make and model, but a different board, will I still need to do that "prep windows" thing which lets windows know you are going to be installing a new board?

Thanks,
Tom

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02 Jan 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I have done what you will do and surprisingly Windows 7 booted right up with no issues. Some people have had to make the call to MS to reactivate after a board change.
If your installer is a full retail version and not OEM, you should be ok.
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02 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Unfortunately my version is indeed OEM, what would you suggest? Can it hurt to prepare windows anyway? Even if I didn't need to? (And could anyone jog my memory on how to do so )
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02 Jan 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Sure, try this Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer
You're right it won't hurt and may be less hassle, those MS calls make you type or say 154 numbers.
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02 Jan 2013   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Thanks, Ill give it a go. Fingers crossed it all works .
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03 Jan 2013   #6

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

An OEM license is supposed to be bound to the first PC it's installed on. The PC is defined by its motherboard - you can replace anything else.

However, if the motherboard fails, you're allowed to replace it with an exact copy, or a manufacturer's designated replacement if the original is no longer available.

If you have an exact replacement, there should be no problem with drivers. You may still have to activate Windows again. The network controller will have a different MAC address, and that's one of the major triggers for activation.

You may have to activate by phone, but you should be fine whether you do or not. What you're doing is consistent with your license agreement.
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