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Windows 7: Will graphics card upgrade force reactivation?

28 Jan 2010   #1
MarcG

Windows 7 RTM x64 (desktop), x32 (HTPC)
 
 
Will graphics card upgrade force reactivation?

Hi folks,

I'm about to swap out the ATI HD4550 in my HTPC with an ATI HD5670. This computer is W7 Home Premium 32, OEM version.

The 4550 card removed from the HTPC will go into a desktop PC, replacing the ATI 3450 there currently. This desktop PC is W7 Home Premium 64, installed as a clean install using into the previously-Vista partition usingthe upgrade installer I bought as part of the student deal (the digital river fiasco).

Both installs are clean and were done into freshly created partitions (which had Vista until I used the W7 installer to remove the old partition, create new ones, and install into there.

Will the card swaps force reactivation or anything like that? I have the product keys (they are legit) but just trying to prepare in advance for whatever will happen.

Marc


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28 Jan 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

99% chance that you will be ok

Just install do not give your key and do not check the box to aciviate automatically.

When done use for a while, When satisfied, activate with the number. If there is a problem use the phone number that will be provided.
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28 Jan 2010   #3
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

I doubt they will,, I have never had to reactivate from a Video card upgrade
But if they are ligit keys,, it won't matter anyway and should be a simple activation through the net wor by Telephone. Either way,, it should not be a problem...

For the most part,, activation is tied to the Mobo these days, and/or to multiple hardware changes.
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28 Jan 2010   #4
smarteyeball

 
 

Nope. A simple card upgrade is fine.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
For the most part,, activation is tied to the Mobo these days, and/or to multiple hardware changes.
+1
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28 Jan 2010   #5
MarcG

Windows 7 RTM x64 (desktop), x32 (HTPC)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
99% chance that you will be ok

Just install do not give your key and do not check the box to aciviate automatically.

When done use for a while, When satisfied, activate with the number. If there is a problem use the phone number that will be provided.
Actually I've already activated (back last year when I installed W7 originally) so my concern was with it forcing a reactivation (and the need to dig through boxes to find my product key, yadda yadda).

Sounds from all the responses that it probably won't need to reactivate but if it does it's not a huge deal I guess. Just annoying.

Marc
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28 Jan 2010   #6
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

You will not have a problem, as the other posters have mentioned. I used 99% because the only things that are certain are death and taxes.

Good luck
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28 Jan 2010   #7
valtonray

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

OEM editions are tied to the motherboard graphics upgrades are fine.
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28 Jan 2010   #8
jfar

Vista Ult64, Win7600
 
 

And The only things certain for cab drivers are death and taxis.
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28 Jan 2010   #9
valtonray

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jfar View Post
And The only things certain for cab drivers are death and taxis.
ok as jfar is saying just because it's supposed to work one way doesn't mean it's guaranteed to. but if you do end up having a problem we will be here to help.
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