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Windows 7: Change of mobo and re-installing Win7

24 Feb 2012   #1
Wackopath

Windows 7 home 64bit
 
 
Change of mobo and re-installing Win7

Hi!! I would like to check with u guys.. If I bought a new mobo and did a clean re-install of my current OEM 64bit Win7,do I need to get a new license or can I just activate it online??


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24 Feb 2012   #2
codekiddy

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1 Version 6.1 Build 7601
 
 

I believe you'll have to renew the licence since OEM licence is "attaced" to MotherBoard
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24 Feb 2012   #3
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wackopath View Post
Hi!! I would like to check with u guys.. If I bought a new mobo and did a clean re-install of my current OEM 64bit Win7,do I need to get a new license or can I just activate it online??
OEM's are tied to the hardware. You have changed the mobo, so the hardware has changed. I think a new one.
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24 Feb 2012   #4
Wackopath

Windows 7 home 64bit
 
 

@cookiekiddy-Wat do u mean by renew?? I'm not a very techie kind of guy...
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24 Feb 2012   #5
codekiddy

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1 Version 6.1 Build 7601
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wackopath View Post
@cookiekiddy-Wat do u mean by renew?? I'm not a very techie kind of guy...
I mean buying a new licence
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24 Feb 2012   #6
Wackopath

Windows 7 home 64bit
 
 

Ok.. Thanks...
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25 Feb 2012   #7
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
However you *Could* be lucky -- I've actually changed a MOBO and my version of W7 didn't actually ask for a re-activation (Windows 7 Ultimate X-64 Full retail).

A Full retail version if it wants re-activation will be no problem --just phone the MS activation nr in your area and they will always re-activate unless it's a pirate copy or one where the number has been blocked for example technet copies going out into the public domain.

OEM versions have a certain latitude into what changes can be made -- and although in theory they are tied to the mobo you might just be lucky.

Probably you'll have to get a new copy however -- that's why whenever I buy a machine even if it come with a pre-installed OS I always try and haggle for at least a Home Premium retail version to be thrown in with the machine which I can upgrade later via anytime upgrade.

Stores need to get rid of some of their stock so asking for this cost them very little and you get rid of all the pre-installed crapware too when you install the proper W7 version.


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jimbo
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