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Windows 7: Changing Mobo & CPU Questions

16 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 x64
Changing Mobo & CPU Questions

Hello! I'm changing from an AMD Mobo + 965 chip to a Intel z77 board and i5 CPU

I've read around and wanted to just ask a few questions:

Is really necessary that i need to re-install windows?

I've read some things about having to actually buy another copy of Window 7 is i switch Mobos if i use OEM (??) - Is that true? this is the copy of windows i purchased - - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - Operating Systems

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16 Jan 2013   #2
Erick Aguilar

Windows 7 professional X64

You need to reactivate, not necessarily buy a new copy or install it again.
However it is advised to perform a clean install, and backup your existing data/ create a system image/ use sysprep.

A clean install seems the better option to me, specially since you are changing chipsets.
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16 Jan 2013   #3

Win7 Ultimate X64

Agreed clean install is always the best option IMO, if you are strongly against this you can run the sysprep tool which will give you a hardware free system image ready to deploy on another machine/different hardware
Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer
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16 Jan 2013   #4

Windows 7 x64

Okay that sounds fine, I have one more question though about reactivation since I've never done this before

Is there a process i need to go through to first DE-activate the current windows 7 on my computer before i hook everything up to the new parts and RE-activate it?
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16 Jan 2013   #5

Win7 Ultimate X64

Not sure you going to be able to move it, OEM is a one licence one machine deal
HELP! Need to transfer OEM Win 7 key to new machine
How old is the install ?
I believe i have seen similar threads where transfered due to hardware failure and MS has activated through phone options but im no expert, see what others think
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16 Jan 2013   #6

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1

Licensing FAQ

Such a license is not permitted to be transferred to a new PC. I quote:

Q. Can a PC with an OEM Windows operating system have its motherboard upgraded and keep the same license? What if it was replaced because it was defective?
A. Generally, an end user can upgrade or replace all of the hardware components on a computer—except the motherboard—and still retain the license for the original Microsoft OEM operating system software. If the motherboard is upgraded or replaced for reasons other than a defect, then a new computer has been created. Microsoft OEM operating system software cannot be transferred to the new computer, and the license of new operating system software is required. If the motherboard is replaced because it is defective, you do not need to acquire a new operating system license for the PC as long as the replacement motherboard is the same make/model or the same manufacturer's replacement/equivalent, as defined by the manufacturer's warranty.
The reason for this licensing rule primarily relates to the End User Software License Terms and the support of the software covered by those terms. The End User Software License Terms are a set of usage rights granted to the end user by the PC manufacturer, and relate only to rights for that software as installed on that particular PC. The system builder is required to support the software on the original PC. Understanding that end users, over time, upgrade their PCs with different components, Microsoft needed to have one base component "left standing" that would still define the original PC. Since the motherboard contains the CPU and is the "heart and soul" of the PC, when the motherboard is replaced (for reasons other than defect) a new PC is essentially created. The original system builder did not manufacture this new PC, and therefore cannot be expected to support it.

(end of quotation)

Also, if you used a System Builder OEM license for a machine for personal use, you've violated the license agreement. Such a license is intended for machines that are built for resale. (Don't worry about it. As far as I know, there's no enforcement of it. I wouldn't be surprised if most of the SB licenses sold by Newegg end up for personal use.)

I have read claims by people who have had Microsoft provide activations codes for a "repaired" computer, where the repair replaced essentially everything. That's up to Microsoft's discretion. If they tell you to buy a new license, they are within the terms of the license agreement.
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