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Windows 7: Re-installing 7 from scratch

30 Nov 2009   #1
alivin

win 7
 
 
Re-installing 7 from scratch

I built a comp recently and with it I bought an OEM system builders home premium 64bit pack. It came with a dvd. I would like to re-install it from scratch.
My only worry is the serial #, I used it to originally install and if I re-install will the on-line registration be rejected as the # has been used ?


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30 Nov 2009   #2
kronwhon

Windows 7
 
 

If your hardware config is unchanged, you will be fine
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30 Nov 2009   #3
alivin

win 7
 
 

I added a 2nd hard drive after the install, Problem ?
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30 Nov 2009   #4
kronwhon

Windows 7
 
 

Possibly, but as long as you didn't replace the motherboard, you are perfectly within your rights. If there is a problem, you will need to do a phone activation (VERY routine at MS).. It even provides the phone# for you.

1-888-571-5048, if memory serves correct
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30 Nov 2009   #5
gregrocker

 

Bypass the first key request and activate upon connecting to internet at Computer>Properties link. It may require a robo call to trade numbers, but more than likely it won't since it will match enough of the hardware to pass that flag, then see the same key.

Changing the HD is not enough to invalidate an OEM, only a mobo. And they are apparently making some exceptions now: In-place upgrade with retail / OEM / OSB / SB versions?
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30 Nov 2009   #6
solar

Vista U32 , now Win7 64
 
 

alivin, one of the ideas of an OEM pack (and since you are saying you are building on ONE computer), it shoudl not be a problem AT ALL, as people have pointed out (i.e. MOBO isssues).

As an 'builder' you should b aware of the whole point of you perhaps trying to set up a honme recovery system which means 'factory restore' ... a key is still valid right?
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30 Nov 2009   #7
kronwhon

Windows 7
 
 

Users who run a Microsoft Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) operating system may upgrade or replace most of the hardware components on the computer and still maintain the license for the original Microsoft OEM operating system software provided by the OEM, with the exception of an upgrade or a replacement of the motherboard. An upgrade or a replacement of the motherboard is considered to create a new personal computer. Therefore, Microsoft OEM operating system software cannot be transferred from another computer. If the motherboard is upgraded or replaced for reasons other than a defect then a new computer is created, and a new operating system license is required.

from:
How to replace the motherboard on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, or Windows 2000

Replacing the motherboard is considered to be creating a new computer.
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30 Nov 2009   #8
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kronwhon View Post

Replacing the motherboard is considered to be creating a new computer.
Unless you replace it with the same model motherboard.

This is what the Geek Squad does for manufacturer's OEM.

But they say if they can't find the exact mobo, they have a way to get around it.

I have always wondered what that is, and how would it be legal enough for them to get away with it?
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30 Nov 2009   #9
kronwhon

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kronwhon View Post

Replacing the motherboard is considered to be creating a new computer.
Unless you replace it with the same motherboard.

This is what the Geek Squad does.

But if they can't find the exact mobo, they say they have a way to get around it.

I have always wondered what that is?

Yes, if the motherboard is replaced under WARRANTY by manufacturer. e.g. Geek Squad contacts manufacturer who prescribes replacement MOBO but is no longer sold, replace with current model. Replacement for any other reason constitutes brand new computer.
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30 Nov 2009   #10
kronwhon

Windows 7
 
 

If the motherboard is replaced because of a defect, the user does not need to acquire a new operating system license for the computer. The motherboard replacement must be the same make and model, or the same manufacturer’s replacement or equivalent, as defined by that manufacturer’s warranty
same article referenced above
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