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Windows 7: Reinstall windows 7 after hardware upgrade

17 Mar 2010   #1

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Reinstall windows 7 after hardware upgrade

Hi everyone

I will install new hardware into my pc this weekend. I will replace the HDD, motherboard and CPU.

Windows 7 Home premium, retail is currently installed on my pc, which I purchased in December 09.

What I would like to know is what is the procedure when reinstalling my retail windows onto the new hardware? Do I have to deactivate on my old hardware before installing on new hardware?

Your help would be greatly appreciated


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17 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64


No, you do not need to deactivate the old license. Just clone the hard drive, or whatever you want to do, and it will probable ask you to reactivate.

Just give it your product key.
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17 Mar 2010   #3

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Hi Jonathan

Thanks for your reply

Is it not possible to just make a new install on the new drive?

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17 Mar 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64

No, you could do that. No problem.
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17 Mar 2010   #5

Windows 7 x64

I just replaced my motherboard on XP. Got a "Not Genunine" message. I had to reactivate, because of the equipment change and then allow the system to go to the net to get rid of the Not Genuine message.

In my case, I moved the original install, but if you reinstall, it will probalby, if the system works as Microsoft wants us to believe, make you do a telephone reactivation. Just make sure you always answer 1 when they ask how many computers you have installed it on.
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