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Windows 7: can i upgrade w/o voiding windows 7

02 Jun 2010   #1

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can i upgrade w/o voiding windows 7

hello all, new here...

I want to upgrade my cpu to some better gear, as its been about 18 months since i last built my current one. Planning on going with a better mobo, quad core, faster ram and a new everything.

MY concern was, i remember a while back before installing windows 7, that it is registered to that computers profile based on its hardware. Will me upgrading everything (same hard drives tho) "void" my windows copy? If so, how do i go about upgrading?

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02 Jun 2010   #2

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If you upgrade the MB, with an upgrade DVD, you will have a problem. Not with the retail version. The only solution is to call the activation number in your area and talk to a rep.
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02 Jun 2010   #3

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

Since you mentioned installing windows, I am assuming you have a retail copy. Correct me if i am wrong.

If you do have a retail copy, then major hardware changes such as the one you plan will require re-activation. Best case scenario- your computer will activate online. Worst case scenario- you'll need to call MS and explain the situation to them. In either case you'll be fine. I'm also assuming you havent activated this particular copy of windows something like 10 times already.
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02 Jun 2010   #4

windows 7

yep its retail and i still have the key. and its only been activated once. So it seems ill be ok aside of a call to MS. ty!
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08 Jun 2010   #5

win 7

Yes this is true, and this type of behavior is shown here: Windows 7 Activation Error 0xC004F061 on x86 and x64


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If you upgrade the MB, with an upgrade DVD, you will have a problem. Not with the retail version. The only solution is to call the activation number in your area and talk to a rep.

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