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Windows 7: change motherboard and activation


11 Aug 2010   #1

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change motherboard and activation

I have a Windows 7 Premium installed from an upgrade disk. Also have a X64 bite version of Windows 7 disk. My question is can I change my motherboard with an Intel base cpu and use the X64 Windows 7 and the product key, which is valid for both?


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11 Aug 2010   #2

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Changing the MB usually is considered a new computer. You may have to call MS to activate with the same key number if it will not activate online normally.

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Several other posts on the subject and in most cases, MS went along with the request.
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16 Aug 2010   #3

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by oldpro View Post
I have a Windows 7 Premium installed from an upgrade disk. Also have a X64 bite version of Windows 7 disk. My question is can I change my motherboard with an Intel base cpu and use the X64 Windows 7 and the product key, which is valid for both?
Try this. Could I do a clean-install of install of X64 in place of the 32 bit version and change the motherboard at a time later? How would that work?
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17 Aug 2010   #4

 

When you change the motherboard and cpu, you will have to reinstall and reactivate windows regardless of how you go about doing it, but after explaining the situation I've never been told by Microsoft that they wouldn't activate it.
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