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Windows 7: New Mobo/Windows 7 installation

09 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
New Mobo/Windows 7 installation

Hi all,

I need some advice about the registration/license key and installing a new mobo.

I bought Windows 7 Pro (retail) at the end of last year and installed it. Now my motherboard seems to be on it's last legs and I was looking to put a new motherboard bundle in my machine.

My question is: Does anyone know if I can replace a motherboard bundle without being asked or having to register or activate the license key again? I have heard that you only get to do this once and considering I forked out a lot of money for the OS, surely Microsoft need to take into account this type of scenario.


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09 Feb 2010   #2

windows 7

I have had this. you can change your hardware 3 times and then it wil deactivate itself
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09 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit


I thought it deactivated when it notices a significant change in hardware?

If it does allow up to 3 significant hardware changes then that's great, i've not come across this though on the net.
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09 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 ®™

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09 Feb 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP


If you have a retail copy of Windows 7 which is not OEM, then you can move it to any hardware you want at any time you want. There is no limit.

However a change of mobos will require it to be reactivated on new hardware.

This should only require a robocall to MS which trades numbers that deactivate Windows 7 on old hardware signature and activate it on the new one.
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09 Feb 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)

Yep, like gregrocker said...a simple phone call and you'll be good to go, as long as it isn't an OEM copy.
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