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Windows 7: HP factory computer motherboard compatibility with OEM Windows 7

13 Dec 2015   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) - factory version
HP factory computer motherboard compatibility with OEM Windows 7

hi, i have an older hp factory computer ..these are the specs:

HP Pavilion Elite HPE-140f Desktop PC Product Specifications | HP® Customer Support

i like this machine but the motherboard seems to be fried so im trying to save some coin and want to replace it with another board.. the issue is i want to make sure it can support an OEM Windows 7 install (the PC originally had a preinstalled kiddie version of Windows 7 - ... think they call it a partial bootable start disc machine?)

(i have a new full version sealed copy of windows 7 professional .. this is what i'd like to use)

i need to make sure before replacing the motherboard, that this is even possible - ive had mixed responses to this question and im not certain there are any non-hp factory preset motherboards out there that would be compatible (and support the existing Video Card ..RAM.. etc)??..

any help is appreciated

My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Dec 2015   #2

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Well the board it's self is a MicroATX so if you want to use the same case that is what you would have to get
It also has a LGA1156 cpu socket so if you want to use it the new board would also need that as well.

Ram is pretty basic not sure why you'd want to reuse it
Or the video card either but it is a PCIe so it would fit in just about any board.

The Power supply is only 350Watt so it's pretty plain Jane so's to speak typical low powered unit.

The actual installation disk you have would work on just about any board but you don't say if it's 32 or 64 bit
64 bit would be the best to use if there's a choice but the hardware would have to support 64 bit

Personally I would just start from scratch because most of the hardware is not worth using
The case is also not really worth messing with either.

I transferred an Acer motherboard to a new case and it was barely worth it but I know the board and cpu/ ram are all that I need to replace later :)
Modifing old desktop machine in new case
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Dec 2015   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)

I don't know what your concern about a "preinstall" "factory preset" is--this AFAICT only relates to what was on the hard drive when you bought the machine.

As TZ indicates a different mobo is "barely worth it", but why instead don't you simply replace the motherboard in-kind? Example:

HP Iona GL8E Intel LGA1156 Desktop Motherboard 612500 001 575765 001 MS 7613 USA 5704327879015 | eBay

If you do this then you ought to be able to boot to your existing HDD with OS and apps; no muss, no fuss.
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