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Windows 7: Re-activation of Windows 7 OEM.

11 Nov 2010   #1
Xplicit

Windows 7 x64 OEM Build 7600
 
 
Re-activation of Windows 7 OEM.

If I changed my motherboard after I activated my Windows 7 OEM. Can I still re-activate the Windows 7 OEM or do I need to buy a new one?


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11 Nov 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Welcome
The rules of OEM say only on one computer.
The defintion of a new computer is a new MB.
So technically, you have to buy a new OS

However
If you activate by phone, by not putting in your number when asked and unchecking the box, activate automatically when online then explain to a rep, most likely they will let you activate.
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11 Nov 2010   #3
Barman58

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview, Ubuntu
 
 

More than likely yes you could re-activate but would have to talk to a Microsoft Rep. This is due to the MB being classed as a "new Computer" which is not allowed in the EULA.

If you explain that the replacement was due to a total component failure and you replaced with the closest available option they should allow the reactivation
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11 Nov 2010   #4
Xplicit

Windows 7 x64 OEM Build 7600
 
 

Oh. Thanks for sorting these 2 things out and helping me to understand more about OEM.
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