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Windows 7: Quick question: New video card installation and reactivation?

12 Apr 2011   #1
Carbonyl

Windows 7 RTM
 
 
Quick question: New video card installation and reactivation?

As the title implies, I have a pretty quick (and probably stupid) question regarding upgrading my video card. I'm readying myself to swap out my old GPU for a new one, and I'm currently running Windows 7 Professional (x64). Everything is activated and genuine.

When I remove the old GPU and install the new GPU, will that cause Windows to no longer see my installation as genuine until I reactivate? If so, how can I reactivate most painlessly? Are there any other precautions I should take, or other things I ought to be aware of before performing this upgrade? I've done this many times in the past, but never on Windows 7 - Only on XP.

Thanks in advance!


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12 Apr 2011   #2
biggles1000

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

It shouldn't ask you to re-activate it. Didn't when I tried (with an underpowered psu, so the you didn't function properly, but anyway... :P )
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12 Apr 2011   #3
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

i replaced my gfx card just this afternoon.

no activation issues at all.
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12 Apr 2011   #4
Commodore Pet

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

Activation is tied to the motherboard. Just remember to remove your old drivers first before changing your card.
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12 Apr 2011   #5
Shootist

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

You have to change quit a lot of hardware all at the same time to cause 7 to lose activation.

Whether is is tied to the motherboard as suggested by another poster I can say it is not. At least for a Retail version.

I moved my 7 install from a Asus P5P MB with a C2D CPU to an Asus P7P55D-E Pro MB with a i5 760 CPU and it never asked to reactivate, IIRC.
I have since upgraded the RAM to 16GBs and I'm about to install a SSD.
This is with Win 7 Pro retail upgrade.
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13 Apr 2011   #6
vaidas3

Windows 7 pro 64bit. (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Commodore Pet View Post
Activation is tied to the motherboard. Just remember to remove your old drivers first before changing your card.
thats just oem versions retail versions not tied to hardware but can be installed only on one pc at the time
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13 Apr 2011   #7
Commodore Pet

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by vaidas3 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Commodore Pet View Post
Activation is tied to the motherboard. Just remember to remove your old drivers first before changing your card.
thats just oem versions retail versions not tied to hardware but can be installed only on one pc at the time
Thanks, I learn something new everyday on this site!
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