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Thanks again. Makes me feel much better about changing my MB soon.

I get my summer paycheck in a week, can't wait to spend the money on new hardware.
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For oem as long as you keep the same motherboard your going to be fine.
    
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haha smile.gif nice one, Yea Microsoft are pretty good as long as you can prove your legit (which you are) they will always let you change your hardware and give you new keys fine smile.gif
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I have an OEM copy of window 7 and I had it on a HDD then switched to a SSD. For a 15 min period I had it installed on both the SSD and the HDD, both were registered copies. I am an honest person so I reformatted my HDD, but you will have no problem installing it on new drive.
I also switched from a MSI p67 to the ASUS p8p67 in my sig by just switching out all the components, I didn't have to reinstall or re-register windows 7 at all. This is all with a OEM copy.
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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?

legally yes OEM keys are tied to 1 mobo.
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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?

Usuall scenario would be failed to validate online at first. So you would need to use a automated phone service and type out all those number clusters that are shown on you screen and in return you would get a set of numbers you need to type in on you MS validation page. If that fails you can get through to customer service rep, explain that your mobo failed so you had it swapped, and nicely request an issue of validation code. He doesnt have to issue one since you got an OEM copy but most of the time they do.
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post #17 of 17
in a word, yes

as long as the re-install is on original main equipment i.e. mobo and chip,
you will be fine.... should online activation fail you may need to contact microsoft and they will reset the key for you at no charge as long as it is a genuine copy and not pirated (hologram on dvd) or what ever medium your oem version came on

xD hope that helps


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