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Windows 7: Reinstall & Activation question

21 Oct 2009   #11
slnm

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sup3rsprt View Post
it could also depend on what kind of license it is? Is it retail or MSDNAA or ?
yes, it's msdnaa.


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21 Oct 2009   #12
ajcgi

Dual boot XP pro 32 and win 7 pro
 
 

So hypothetically I could move my retail license off this machine onto a new one at some point in the future? That would be more than handy.
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21 Oct 2009   #13
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

@gregrocker.... Just to clear up a point ... you may have paid for it, but you do not own it, you are leasing it... I aint sayin... Im just sayin..
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21 Oct 2009   #14
Shinobi73

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Windows 7 is designed that when you install it on your PC it will log or "remember" your system's hardware setup (i.e. RAM, Motherboard, Processor, Video Card). This is achieved thru the part's "PID"

So lets say your just reinstalling your Win7 OS co'z your system crashed, unless you've made any modifications like changing graphic cards or upgrading your RAM, the installation will not ask for verification.
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21 Oct 2009   #15
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shinobi73 View Post
So lets say your just reinstalling your Win7 OS co'z your system crashed, unless you've made any modifications like changing graphic cards or upgrading your RAM, the installation will not ask for verification.
When does the installation ever ask for verification?

Even if you clean install it on the same computer (by that I mean format hdd and reinstall), you will have to activate it again even if none of the hardware changed.
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21 Oct 2009   #16
Shinobi73

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Actually there is a 20% threshold on the modifications.

Like if your just changing your monitor or keyboard that wont make a difference. But if your changing your RAM that's 5% each - HDD is around 5% - Processors 30% - Motherboard 30% - VGA is 10%

I need to confirm the exact % but the ones above can give you a rough idea

A clean install is ok as long as you don't change anything with your hardware setup that exceeds the 20% threshold
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21 Oct 2009   #17
Iomegaman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sup3rsprt View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shinobi73 View Post
So lets say your just reinstalling your Win7 OS co'z your system crashed, unless you've made any modifications like changing graphic cards or upgrading your RAM, the installation will not ask for verification.
When does the installation ever ask for verification?

Even if you clean install it on the same computer (by that I mean format hdd and reinstall), you will have to activate it again even if none of the hardware changed.
But on the same machine it should reactivate without question when the system ID is passed up to the activation servers.

Reinstalling on a completely different machine will (for certain types of licence/key), result in a refusal to activate.
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21 Oct 2009   #18
Shinobi73

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Iomegaman View Post
But on the same machine it should reactivate without question when the system ID is passed up to the activation servers.

Reinstalling on a completely different machine will (for certain types of licence/key), result in a refusal to activate.
Yes that's very much the idea
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21 Oct 2009   #19
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

I am not disputing that you'll need to reactivate when the hardware changes.

What I am trying to point out is that you would need to reactivate even when the hardware doesn't change. i.e. when you clean install Windows on the same computer.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Iomegaman View Post
But on the same machine it should reactivate without question when the system ID is passed up to the activation servers.
I agree. but that is not really the point I was arguing.
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21 Oct 2009   #20
Iomegaman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM
 
 

Yes you will still need to activate even when the hardware doesn't change - but reactivation is much easier with the same hardware.

Even this can be difficult. Certain licences and keys will activate up to so many times on the same hardware and then require either a call to MS, or the automatic key retrieval thing, to activate from then on.

So long as your genuine - you shouldn't have a problem
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