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Can you reinstall Windows 7 OEM on a new HDD?

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I am getting a SSD soon and I want to reinstall windows. Motherboard will stay the same. It is W7 64 bit OEM.

If I reinstall, will it still validate correctly?
post #2 of 17
I'm thinking it will be fine, I don't have any experience personally so someone else might want to chime in if I'm wrong.

I just thought i was illegal. You know, the whole OEM is only for the original, deal.

Edit: It's not like the OS disk or HDD actually have any way to validate what hard drive your installing the OS on.
Edited by NewAtOCing - 8/19/11 at 4:35pm
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yes your fine! as long as its the same mobo its fine smile.gif
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Yeah you are good to go! The OEM ties into the motherboard so when you change that you have trouble. Any other part is fine thumb.gif
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Yup, OS or should i say the product key is tied to the motherboard. Your good to go
 
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Yup, I did it on my laptop. I had to torrent the new OS, but I used the OEM key on the bottom of my laptop. Been running legal for months now.
post #7 of 17
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Perfect. Thanks, and rep to all.

One more question, what happens if I change my MB down the road? Will I have to buy a new copy of W7?
post #8 of 17
No, Just ring microsoft and say I changed my mobo to a xxxx and then they will re-activate it with a special code smile.gif
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by ComradeNF;14645782 
Perfect. Thanks, and rep to all.

One more question, what happens if I change my MB down the road? Will I have to buy a new copy of W7?

Nah just phone up the microsoft support line, they issue you a new key free or charge. Well at least they did for me a few times since i changed h/w so damn much.
 
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I changed motherboards once because the old one fried. Had the phone handy to call microsoft but it just validated and everything was fine. I was confused but happy!
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