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Hey guys, I'm going to be upgrading my CPU, Motherboard and adding an SSD to my system. Will I be able to use my legit OEM copy for Windows 7? I remember reading somewhere that I'll need to call in or something? What are the steps for reactivating OEM Windows after you upgrade hardware?
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http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...3-cc55cf7b9231

read a bit down. Seems like if you call and make a fuss you might have luck....not really definitive.

The standard answer Microsoft forums admins give is to call and make your case. Say the mobo fried and you need to replace. It's a fine line to walk between the truth and what they will want to do.
Edited by hednik - 10/30/11 at 7:21pm
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post #3 of 18
oem copies are tied to the main board. you aren't supposed to use it.
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I'm sure all of you guys don't buy a new copy of Windows when you upgrade your motherboards.
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Pretty sure any upgrade is acceptable... minus the motherboard that is...

But like the poster above said if you complain enough you'll probably get your way. I've known people to completely BS them and get a free copy with having never even bought ANY version of Windows.

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I'm sure all of you guys don't buy a new copy of Windows when you upgrade your motherboards.
We don't because we get a [non-oem] DISC. A little extra money goes a long way.
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Pretty sure any upgrade is acceptable... minus the motherboard that is...

But like the poster above said if you complain enough you'll probably get your way. I've known people to completely BS them and get a free copy with having never even bought ANY version of Windows.
Well that's pretty dumb, what if your board dies in like say a month? They expect you to buy a new copy? Anyways, so how do I do this? Install Windows with my original key and when it say's not genuine or whatever what do I do? Will it give me a number to call?
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Well that's pretty dumb, what if your board dies in like say a month? They expect you to buy a new copy? Anyways, so how do I do this? Install Windows with my original key and when it say's not genuine or whatever what do I do? Will it give me a number to call?
Like i said. Gripe enough and they will cave. It's just like insurance claims, they expect you to give up the first time the first few times you complain, and then they cave .

or try what this guy said

You don't have to buy Windows 7 again. Just upon activation, take the online activation method. It works about 50% of the time just outright, as it worked for me once and failed for my brother once. If it passes, you're set, if not, phone Microsoft's automated support line (the Activation Prompt will give you the number) and just follow the steps to manually activate your copy. From then on it will be tied to your new board iirc :thumbsup:

Super simple, just might take 5 minutes or so, since the automated system gives you the numbers and letters quite slowly lol
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post #8 of 18
I went from a p67 to a different p67 without a problem, but going to a different chipset is a no-no, I think.

When I went from a AM3 to a p67, yes I bought a new OEM copy.
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-snip-

You don't have to buy Windows 7 again. Just upon activation, take the online activation method. It works about 50% of the time just outright, as it worked for me once and failed for my brother once. If it passes, you're set, if not, phone Microsoft's automated support line (the Activation Prompt will give you the number) and just follow the steps to manually activate your copy. From then on it will be tied to your new board iirc :thumbsup:

Super simple, just might take 5 minutes or so, since the automated system gives you the numbers and letters quite slowly lol
Just do this. I do this all the time with OEM computers. They will have no problem doing this for you. Just tell them you switched motherboards because your's died or something.
    
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Just do this. I do this all the time with OEM computers. They will have no problem doing this for you. Just tell them you switched motherboards because your's died or something.
Would they not question why I switched platforms as well? Or would they not have the knowledge? I'm not trying to hide anything, I just think that we should be able to upgrade as much as we want without having to go through all this as long as it's only ever running on one machine at a time.
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