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Windows 7: New MB and hard drive... can I reinstall Windows 7?

15 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
New MB and hard drive... can I reinstall Windows 7?

I'm getting a new motherboard, hard drive, and graphics card today. I want my Windows 7 installation to be on this new hard drive instead of the old one. Am I going to have problems getting it activated? Is there some sort of proper deactivation process I need to do? I heard that your hardware is taken into account for whether it's a legitimate reinstall on the same system... is this true? Are these changes going to make the system "different" to the point that it won't consider it the same computer?

For the record, my old motherboard works, it's just that I'm swapping it out for a new one. I'm putting my old one in my dad's computer. So, if there's something I need to do while the old parts are still in my computer, that is still very doable.

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15 Sep 2010   #2

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Is you windows version a Full Retail or a Mfg. OEM version ?
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15 Sep 2010   #3

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

This answer pretty much applies to your situation. Courtesy of Brock...
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15 Sep 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Oh, right, I should have clarified. It's OEM, but I installed it myself. Does that make a difference? I bought the disc at New Egg: Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - Operating Systems
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15 Sep 2010   #5
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W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Try4ce, welcome to Seven Forums!







That type of OEM Windows is forever tied to the first motherboard it is installed to and can never be legally moved to another PC, it lives and dies with that mobo.
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15 Sep 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

What's the best option, then? Buying another copy at New Egg, or can I install my current disc and buy another code for the same or less?
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15 Sep 2010   #7

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Try4ce View Post
What's the best option, then? Buying another copy at New Egg, or can I install my current disc and buy another code for the same or less?
Buy a full copy from a reputable source. Since it's coded to the mobo, moving the hard drive wouldn't help.

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15 Sep 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Ah well. I'd assumed the low prices on the OEM versions was the way to go, but I guess I've learned I may as well buy the retail box.

If I make upgrades and want to reinstall in the future with a retail copy, can I call Microsoft and get permission to reinstall and reactivate? I guess it'd make it worth the extra cost.
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15 Sep 2010   #9
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

You don't have to contact MS at all except on-line for the re-activation with full retail.
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15 Sep 2010   #10

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Try4ce View Post
If I make upgrades and want to reinstall in the future with a retail copy, can I call Microsoft and get permission to reinstall and reactivate? I guess it'd make it worth the extra cost.
Yes.

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