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Windows 7: Upgrading

10 Apr 2011   #1
xtbs

windows 7/vista
 
 
Upgrading

In the next few months I am planning to overhaul my pc put in a new motherboard ddr3 ram quad core processor, and more... I am still using my factory version of windows that came with my pc...

when I do all my upgrades will i still be able to do factory restores on my hard drive and still run the factory os, or will I have to get windows all over again?

The reason why I'm asking is because i heard that the os that comes with my pc is linked to my motherboard somehow... I have never heard of this but I want to make sure before I upgrade.


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10 Apr 2011   #2
Bill2

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

Yes, the oem windows is tied to the original mobo both legally and practically. Legally as per the EULA, if you change the mobo, you need a new license. Practically because oem windows uses a particular bios component to activate offline, if you switch to a non-oem mobo, that component will be lost and windows will not activate.
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11 Apr 2011   #3
Digerati

Windows 7 Profession 64-bit
 
 

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Practically because oem windows uses a particular bios component to activate offline, if you switch to a non-oem mobo, that component will be lost and windows will not activate.
This is sometimes a problem with the big factory PC makers (Dell, HP, Acer) but most OEM versions are not "branded" by the PC maker. However, the license agreement stipulates you can NOT transfer OEM licenses to new computers and upgrading the motherboard is considered a new computer.

Therefore, unless your original Windows license is a full "retail" version, and yours is not, you will need to buy a new Windows license, or use one of the many free Linux alternatives.

Note this information is in your EULA.
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11 Apr 2011   #4
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Just factor in the cost of Windows on your new build. Based on what you are doing, the license dictates that a new license will be required.
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11 Apr 2011   #5
Bill2

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Digerati View Post
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Practically because oem windows uses a particular bios component to activate offline, if you switch to a non-oem mobo, that component will be lost and windows will not activate.
This is sometimes a problem with the big factory PC makers (Dell, HP, Acer) but most OEM versions are not "branded" by the PC maker. However, the license agreement stipulates you can NOT transfer OEM licenses to new computers and upgrading the motherboard is considered a new computer.

Therefore, unless your original Windows license is a full "retail" version, and yours is not, you will need to buy a new Windows license, or use one of the many free Linux alternatives.

Note this information is in your EULA.
OP says "factory version" of windows is installed on the PC which would mean large OEM unless he means a system builder.
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11 Apr 2011   #6
Digerati

Windows 7 Profession 64-bit
 
 

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OP says "factory version" of windows is installed on the PC which would mean large OEM unless he means a system builder.
OEM and System builder are the same thing - as far as licensing is concerned. Though one may come preinstalled and with the disk branded with the PC maker's name and another may come as an official Microsoft disk, or with no disks at all, Microsoft considers builders are building the PC for an end-user other than for themselves. If you are building for yourself, the same rules apply - you must provide 1 year support to the end user. In other words, your own support, and the licenses are not transferable.

Note Windows licenses have always been transferable to another user - that is, you can give away or sell your computer with Windows, and the new owner is still legal as long as the new owner has all the original disks, and you have deleted or uninstalled all copies from any computers you still have.
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11 Apr 2011   #7
Shootist

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

If you are getting a new motherboard, CPU, RAM (you will need a NEW power supply because most of the major manufacturer change certain connection so there PSUs can't be used on other system. And usually they are of a bare minimum of power output), Maybe a hard drive or 2. And you now know you will need to buy another copy of Win 7.
So why not just get a new case also. That way you can build a new system, take the old system and stick it in a corner, connected to your home network and use it as a file storage area.
And you will always have a second PC around if one of them fails.
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11 Apr 2011   #8
Digerati

Windows 7 Profession 64-bit
 
 

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you will need a NEW power supply because most of the major manufacturer change certain connection so there PSUs can't be used on other system.
Computer makers have not done that for quite a few years. Though there may still be some proprietary PSUs around, if the computer is less than 5 or 6 years old, it should be standard ATX.

That said, most newer motherboards and many new graphics cards require additional power connections which an older supply may lack.
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And usually they are of a bare minimum of power output
That is absolutely true. They are often not the best quality either.
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11 Apr 2011   #9
Shootist

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Haven't work on new ones. But I know the slightly older Dell PSUs had proprietary main connectors.

the OP also need to look at his present case. Some of them (read that most) will not take a standard mount board. They are manufactured, board and case, specifically for that model line. there are Dells that ope on the reverse side from any other case, right hand side comes off instead of left hand side, so the board is mounted kind of backward to all standard board.
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11 Apr 2011   #10
xtbs

windows 7/vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shootist View Post
If you are getting a new motherboard, CPU, RAM (you will need a NEW power supply because most of the major manufacturer change certain connection so there PSUs can't be used on other system. And usually they are of a bare minimum of power output), Maybe a hard drive or 2. And you now know you will need to buy another copy of Win 7.
So why not just get a new case also. That way you can build a new system, take the old system and stick it in a corner, connected to your home network and use it as a file storage area.
And you will always have a second PC around if one of them fails.
the power supply is being bought as well - i bought a nvidia geforce 9500 gt and it requires more power than what im using which is amazing because my system still runs...
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