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Windows 7: Win 7 Motherboard Upgrade - OEM Licence help

29 Apr 2012   #11

Windows 10 Education 64 bit

Its not reading the serial number of the motherboard, its just creating a record of the hardware. You could replace the motherboard with the exact same make and model of motherboard and windows wouldn't prompt to activate. Even a very similar motherboard will pass. I replaced an ASUS M2N68-AM SE2 with an M4N68T-M V2 and didn't have to activate again. I also went from DDR2 to DDR3 at the same time. I do believe its weighted so it depends on what you swap and how many components you change at once. Replacing your motherboard with one that has a different chip-set will almost certainly trigger activation. If you have to activate online and it fails, just tell them the old motherboard failed and this is the best you could do for a replacement. If they are happy with your story they will give you a code to type in.

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