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Hi all,

I am wanting to replace my MB ans CPU and have a question regarding windows. From my knowledge, windows is tied to the motherboard right? Would I be able to phone MS and tell them that I am replacing my mband they can change the authorization or something? It would be a pretty big piss off if I have to buy a completely new version of windows seven. Any help is appreciated
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Is your Windows OEM or retail?
    
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post #3 of 11
if it's 7 retail your fine

but I always remove all chip sets drivers
and set the hard disk controller to a universal driver
before I swap a mobo
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Originally Posted by 3dfxvoodoo View Post
if it's 7 retail your fine

but I always remove all chip sets drivers
and set the hard disk controller to a universal driver
before I swap a mobo
Its OEM. Which I am assuming would mean it is not fine. Does the method you mentioned work?
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post #5 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by -relk- View Post
Its OEM. Which I am assuming would mean it is not fine. Does the method you mentioned work?
it does for xp
don't know about 7

let me find a link about it


http://arstechnica.com/hardware/news...ng-windows.ars

I'll look up 7 too
EDIT: not finding anything on 7
I'm sure there's a way to do it
Edited by 3dfxvoodoo - 6/21/11 at 8:49am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by -relk- View Post
Its OEM. Which I am assuming would mean it is not fine. Does the method you mentioned work?
the product key should be on the side of the case, i think if you ran the recovery partition you can just re-enter the key. and viola
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post #7 of 11
Each key you are given allows you to do several "activations", once these activations run out you will have to activate through Microsoft. Unless you are reformatting every few months, I don't think you should have anything to worry about.

I never had to call Microsoft for my XP or Vista authentications, but I had to call them several times for 7. Each time I explained my situation and the person on the phone helped me authenticate properly!
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Originally Posted by Velathawen View Post
Each key you are given allows you to do several "activations", once these activations run out you will have to activate through Microsoft. Unless you are reformatting every few months, I don't think you should have anything to worry about.

I never had to call Microsoft for my XP or Vista authentications, but I had to call them several times for 7. Each time I explained my situation and the person on the phone helped me authenticate properly!
Now this is what I wanted to hear thanks! Just curious but can anyone else confirm?
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post #9 of 11
Since it's OEM you'll likely need to reactivate.
    
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post #10 of 11
The easiest way is just for you to call Microsoft yourself prior to purchasing the upgrades. First hand information is usually the best
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