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Windows 7: Can i use my Win 7 with a new motherboard?

01 Jun 2010   #1
rossy87

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Can i use my Win 7 with a new motherboard?

Hi guys.

I am looking into upgrading my motherboard in the very near future but was wondering if i could use my current version of Win 7 with the new motherboard.

I have no idea of what motherboard i will go for yet but i am using this version of
Win 7.

https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Soft...age=1&rqcType=

Any help would be very much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Rossy87


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01 Jun 2010   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rossy87 View Post
Hi guys.

I am looking into upgrading my motherboard in the very near future but was wondering if i could use my current version of Win 7 with the new motherboard.

I have no idea of what motherboard i will go for yet but i am using this version of
Win 7.

https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Soft...age=1&rqcType=

Any help would be very much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Rossy87

As long as your new mobo is win 7 compatible of course you can.
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01 Jun 2010   #3
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

That link he posted says it' OEM; @rossy87, do you already have it installed to one motherboard?
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01 Jun 2010   #4
rossy87

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

yes i do.
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01 Jun 2010   #5
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

An OEM cannot be installed with a new MB. You can call MS, explain and they can be nice, but I doubt it. An OEM can only be used on one computer per lifetime.
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01 Jun 2010   #6
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

I've actually moved an OEM twice, without having to talk to an MS rep. I had to read the numbers over the phone to a computer voice, but that was it. That was with XP, and with Vista. In both cases, the hardware was damaged and had to be replaced, with the original equipment not being available. I had a pretty good case for moving them, if I did actually have to talk to a rep.

The few times that I've actually had to speak to an MS rep about that kind of thing for work was a fairly good experience. If you explain the issue, and treat them with respect and politeness, they're often quite accommodating and reasonable.

I spent a short time as a call-in tech support rep. You'd be surprised how nice and helpful you feel like being to someone who is courteous and respectful, after the last 20 customers were jerks.
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03 Jun 2010   #7
rossy87

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

That is really annoying as i was hoping i would be fine!

Thanks for the help anyway guys!

Rossy87
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03 Jun 2010   #8
Krispy1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

from wat i know most of the time u need to reinstall windows due to getting the right drivers inplace from the new mobo. this is not always the case though
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03 Jun 2010   #9
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Just know the reason for OEM and why it is tied to one MOBO (generally).

You do not have a right to move the OS to a different MB, just because you want to upgrade.
OEM means you got the OS at a significant discount, you did not pay full price for said OS, therefore your options are limited.

You can always lie, and Maybe get it changed over. But it should not be expected as a general rule.
You can always get a System Builders OEM for about the same discount to go with the replacement MB.

I used to think about the same way, what crap that I can't move this to another PC, or upgrade, blah blah.
But, then I grew up and realized the concept of goods and services and paying for such. You get what you pay for, want to move it around form one PC to the next? Pay the Premium that allows you to do so and buy Retail.
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03 Jun 2010   #10
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
Just know the reason for OEM and why it is tied to one MOBO (generally).

You do not have a right to move the OS to a different MB, just because you want to upgrade.
OEM means you got the OS at a significant discount, you did not pay full price for said OS, therefore your options are limited.

You can always lie, and Maybe get it changed over. But it should not be expected as a general rule.
You can always get a System Builders OEM for about the same discount to go with the replacement MB.

I used to think about the same way, what crap that I can't move this to another PC, or upgrade, blah blah.
But, then I grew up and realized the concept of goods and services and paying for such. You get what you pay for, want to move it around form one PC to the next? Pay the Premium that allows you to do so and buy Retail.
I agree. It should never be expected that you can move an OEM version, because most of the time you can't do it, and as the license says, you shouldn't be allowed to. There is one valid exception to the rule, and that would be replacement of what MS calls "significant hardware."

In my limited experience, and from people that I know, MS reps seem to be able to decide on a case basis to allow a "move" when changing a critical piece of hardware, like the motherboard. Changing a motherboard in your machine usually breaks the OEM agreement, as it's considered to be a move by MS, unless it is replaced by the same make and model. In cases where the hardware cannot be replaced with the same make and model, the MS rep has discretion to allow reactivation or to deny it. I was told that by an MS rep in 2008, though with the new EULA for Win 7, and the new OEM language, that may have changed.

The bottom line is: Don't lie, or try to cheat the system. If you buy an OEM with the intent of moving just because you eventually upgrade, it's dishonest, and frankly, unethical. Pony up the money for a retail copy that you are allowed to move, or buy a new OEM copy for the new machine.
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