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Windows 7: Vista x64 to Windows 7 X64 - Hardware upgrades???

19 Sep 2010   #1
TableLeg

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Vista x64 to Windows 7 X64 - Hardware upgrades???

Can anybody please tell answer the following query? I have the retail version of Vista X64 Ultimate which was installed originally. I then purchased the upgrade disc for Windows 7 ultimate and performed a clean install of win 7.

It has been fine for nearly a year now, however I am now considering an upgrade by replacing my motherboard and cpu.

I know that there used to be a policy of hardware being registered to the activated copy of the installed OS (or something like that), whereby any hardware changes effectively meant it was a new computer and therefore required a new licence.

But I also thought that retail copies did not apply. Where would I stand on this given that my original Vista is a retail copy but my upgrade is not?

Any advice gratefully received.


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19 Sep 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Call MS, they will validate for you.
When you install, do not put the key number and utick the box activate automatically activate when on line.
When you are happy with the install, call to activate.
Activate Windows 7 by Phone
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19 Sep 2010   #3
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello TableLeg, welcome to Seven Forums!







There should be no issues, though you may be required to make a robo-call to get it activated on the new hardware but probally not; have a look at these tutorials at the links below.
Be sure to post back with any further questions and to keep us updated.


Activate Windows 7 by Phone

Do a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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19 Sep 2010   #4
TableLeg

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Many thanks to both of you for the replies and the links.

Much appreciated.

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19 Sep 2010   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Our pleasure mate, post back if there's anything else you need.
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19 Sep 2010   #6
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Your welcome and thanks for the nice smiley.
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