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Windows 7: Wil I have to activate again with these changes?

18 Oct 2010   #1
Paultx

Windows 7
 
 
Will I have to activate again with these changes?

I'm planning to make these hardware changes and I want to know if I'll have to request a new activation:

- DVD player/recorder > blu-ray player/DVD recorder
- 6 GB RAM > 12 GB RAM

The system is the W7 Pro (check sig).

Will I?


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18 Oct 2010   #2
yowanvista

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

No you won't have to reactivate it
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18 Oct 2010   #3
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

In most cases of hardware change excluding the motherboard, CPU and HDD/SDD, there should be no need for re-activation. However, you should always be prepared to re-activate when carrying out any form of hardware upgrade.

Option Two Activate Windows 7 Online

If that doesn't work, then try Activate Windows 7 by Phone You may need to speak to an activation operator.
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18 Oct 2010   #4
Paultx

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks, guys. When I make the changes I'll let you know. I hope I won't have to activate again, it's so boring... Why don't they just register some stuff in the machine and in some database and make some special pairing to avoid all that? I know there are these privacy issues and all, but they could have some opt-in way...
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18 Oct 2010   #5
Bill2

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Paultx View Post
Thanks, guys. When I make the changes I'll let you know. I hope I won't have to activate again, it's so boring... Why don't they just register some stuff in the machine and in some database and make some special pairing to avoid all that? I know there are these privacy issues and all, but they could have some opt-in way...
They do. Online activation pairs your key with a hardware hash that is a composite of various hardware components on your machine. For MS, mobo is THE most important, so different weightages are assigned to different components, E.g. optical drive and ram have less weightage, hard drive has more and so on. When the sum total of all your changes exceeds a threshold value, your system becomes deactivated.

Its a pretty sound scheme, gives you flexibility to fiddle yet makes sure you dont actually use a single license on multiple machines.
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