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Do I need to buy a new windows key if i switch motherboards and sockets?

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I recently switched motherboards same socket 775 but different brand of motherboard. Now I am wondering if I switch to a different socket like 1156 or 1366 if I will have to buy a new version of windows or a new key? When i switched my motherboards last time they had me call and verify a series of numbers. Will the same thing happen if I upgrade?
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More than likely, I have to do the same thing with my vista copy now. Punch in those numbers and it works every time though.
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More than likely, I have to do the same thing with my vista copy now. Punch in those numbers and it works every time though.

More than likely I have to upgrade to a new key or punch the numbers in?
post #4 of 10
IIRC the key is attached to the mobo, but they might let you just switch it over like you did before.
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Okay I need to know for sure.
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sounds like you have an OEM version, so i guess you will have to do the same as before.. if it was a retail version you could just plug the OS drive in and every will rebuild itself simply put thumb.gif
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I bought a Windows key for for 775 mobo. A couple of months later I tried to install it on a ion/all in one mobo and it wouldnt let me. It was already activated and I had to purchase a new one.
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post #8 of 10
I would say no, you only need to do a repair install of windows not a reformat. AT the very worst talk to their phone activation service and tell them you have to replace your motherboard and the same model was not available so you upgraded. If one denies you call again you will get a new person and try again, works best late at night. thumb.gif
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post #9 of 10

no you dont, all you have to do is call microsoft customer service and tell them you have upgraded your motherboard and are using the same copy of windows. they will give you a new key and stay on the line to make sure it goes through just fine.. ive done this at least 3 times

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Okay thanks everyone.
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