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Windows 7: Swapping out a dead mobo and keeping OS

01 Feb 2016   #1

Windows 10
Swapping out a dead mobo and keeping OS

I have acquired a dead Sony Vaio VGN- NW100 laptop that had been upgraded from Windows Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Hm Prem. I was able to buy a motherboard on EBAY that is the same Motherboard but the processor is a step or two better. The HDD is still intact, can I still install this mobo and be able to keep the OS activated and use it? I still have the old key for Vista but I would rather keep Win 7 than Vista. Thanks for your help.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Feb 2016   #2
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

I would call Microsoft to help with the activation. If you tell them the mobo story they will probably help.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Feb 2016   #3

Windows 10

Thank you. I will try that. :)
My System SpecsSystem Spec

02 Feb 2016   #4

Windows 10 Pro x64

If it was a W7 upgrade license you should be fine.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Feb 2016   #5

Windows 10
UPDATE: Swapping out a dead mobo and keeping OS

Installation, boot up and activation went fine. I just didn't realize the crap that this computer had and has taken me HOURS to de-virus (major ones) and uninstall all the unnecessary programs that it had. No doubt that this was the reason why the MB died. Thanks for all your help!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Feb 2016   #6

Windows 10 Pro X64

Sounds like a good time to use the built-in recovery partition and restore to factory new state to me.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Feb 2016   #7

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Software has nothing to do with a motherboard dying :)
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