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Windows 7: New Motherboard, new install ?

07 May 2010   #1
gavshouse

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New Motherboard, new install ?

Im thinking about upgrading my ASUS M3N72-D to a ASUS M4A89GTD i currently have Win7 Pro installed and im wondering if i can just connect my hard drive to the mobo as normal.
im not sure if windows locks your windows serial to the motherboard serial is this still true ? or was it never true.


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07 May 2010   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gavshouse View Post
Im thinking about upgrading my ASUS M3N72-D to a ASUS M4A89GTD i currently have Win7 Pro installed and im wondering if i can just connect my hard drive to the mobo as normal.
im not sure if windows locks your windows serial to the motherboard serial is this still true ? or was it never true.
Nope you cant for several reasons. Drivers, win 7 key, and others. You might be able to backup and restore but I wouldnt.

Ken
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07 May 2010   #3
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Short answer No. Clean Install required,

There are methods, such as Acronis Plus add on (which is an additional purchase alongside Acronis) that is capapble of imaging and re-imaging to dis-similar hardware.

Although others may disagree, I would not even attempt it.

General rule IMO, New MOBO= clean instal.
Far less problems, and you'll be better off in the long run.
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07 May 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I assume you have a Pro retail version. Then a reinstall should be no problem if you uninstall it on the old mobo. If, however, you have an OEM version, the OS cannot be moved to another mobo because that is considered another machine. But you can always try to call MS for a revalidation.
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07 May 2010   #5
gregrocker

 

You can always try starting up your WIn7 after installing new mobo to see if it will start, change out the drivers and run ok.

I sometimes move HD's to another machine and Win7 has always started and run fine.

Of course a clean reinstall is always a good thing (and easy with Win7) however I am not so sure that it is such a hard requirement with Win7.

Just my opinion.
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08 May 2010   #6
gavshouse

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Ok thanks i want to reinstall really just i didnt know if my serial would work again.
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08 May 2010   #7
gregrocker

 

You can reinstall retail as often as you like, migrate to whatever machine you like (as long as it isn't OEM) for the life of the OS.

Just be sure to save your Product Key, as any installer for your version will work.
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