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Windows 7: Re-build PC then re-install. Lic Key ?

19 Feb 2011   #1
fergiet

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Re-build PC then re-install. Lic Key ?

Hi

I am about to rebuild my pc. I will use the same drives, case and ram but the psu, cpu and motherboard will be new.

Can I re-install my win 7 using my Lic Key or will I need to buy a new one?

Any suggestions welcome.




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19 Feb 2011   #2
Punkster

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
 
 

Hello there.

If you have a Retail key, no problem at all. you'll be able to activate it without major issues.

If you have an OEM key, you'll have to activate by phone, call Microsoft and explain the fact that you change the Motherboard and you like to use your OEM key in the new one (you'll probably have to tell them that the motherboard died, because i don't know if they'll let you activate the key if you just "change the mobo because you wanted to")

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19 Feb 2011   #3
fergiet

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Punkster View Post
Hello there.

If you have a Retail key, no problem at all. you'll be able to activate it without major issues.

If you have an OEM key, you'll have to activate by phone, call Microsoft and explain the fact that you change the Motherboard and you like to use your OEM key in the new one (you'll probably have to tell them that the motherboard died, because i don't know if they'll let you activate the key if you just "change the mobo because you wanted to")

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I have a retail copy bought from Amazon. Can I change from 32 bit to 64 bit when I re-install as I have both ver in the retail pack ?

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19 Feb 2011   #4
Punkster

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
 
 

Yes, you can.

The same Retail key can be used to activate both 32 and 64-bit editions of the Windows version that you bought.

Now that you've told me that is a retail copy. no issues whatsoever.

Retail keys can be activated 132938120938109283012931 million times if you want! the only thing is that it has to be activated one PC at a time
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19 Feb 2011   #5
fergiet

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Punkster View Post
Yes, you can.

The same Retail key can be used to activate both 32 and 64-bit editions of the Windows version that you bought.

Now that you've told me that is a retail copy. no issues whatsoever.

Retail keys can be activated 132938120938109283012931 million times if you want! the only thing is that it has to be activated one PC at a time

Many thanks for the info.
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