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If W7 is tied to my MB, what happens if I change my MB?

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So I am planning on upgrading to a Crosshair V Formula or Sabertooth 990FX soon. The motherboard which I have in my system right now as well as the hard drive came with a computer I bought from iBuyPower a long time ago and I just upgraded the PSU and case and things recently.

Anyway, I hear that Windows 7 OEM (which I assume iBP installed on my system) is tied to your motherboard. Does that mean if I change my motherboard I can't use this copy of Windows 7 anymore and I will need to buy a new copy?
post #2 of 10
Yes, you have to buy a new copy if your current one is OEM. Some people have said they called in to MS to get it activated anyway but ymmv.

I always tend to buy retail and not OEM for myself because I change hardware a lot. I have a MS Technet/MSDN account so I get a bunch of copies of MS software.
post #3 of 10
I know that a lot of people call up MS support and say that their motherboard fried to get their new board activated. I don't know of a case where this hasn't worked.

Otherwise you'll need to buy a new copy.

EDIT: Ninja'd...
 
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I have trouble lying, even if it IS to Microsoft... I just don't feel right about intentionally telling falsities to anybody. So I'm a sucker who buys $100 OEM licenses all the time... As opposed to transferrring an older license by lying.
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Call em up and they'll make it better.

Edit: Technically this is illegal, go figure.

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Just switch out the mobo,it shouldn't be a problem,I changed mobo's 3 times on my last oem install,all I had to do was reactivate it online,YMMV
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post #7 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Riou View Post
Yes, you have to buy a new copy if your current one is OEM. Some people have said they called in to MS to get it activated anyway but ymmv.

I always tend to buy retail and not OEM for myself because I change hardware a lot. I have a MS Technet/MSDN account so I get a bunch of copies of MS software.
I at one point had an MS Technet/MSDN account, so I do not pay for my W7 either.
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post #8 of 10
I called them saying i had to recactivate and it didn't go through, and the guy activated it for me
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Originally Posted by infernal rodent View Post
Just switch out the mobo,it shouldn't be a problem,I changed mobo's 3 times on my last oem install,all I had to do was reactivate it online,YMMV
Note to OP: This is typically only a result of the chipset remaining the same between boards, and is not 100% guaranteed to work. This guy is just extremely lucky.
    
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Note to OP: This is typically only a result of the chipset remaining the same between boards, and is not 100% guaranteed to work. This guy is just extremely lucky.
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