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Okay so my horrible local shop likes to mess over newbie computer builders by selling OEM versions of windows, I how ever was unluckey enough to get one. I upgraded my motherboard from M4a785TD-v evo to m4a89GTD PRO/USB3(had it RMA it was my first board) and I reinstalled windows to avoid driver issues in the future, now because it was OEM I got around it not letting me be able to install it on more than one system(mobo) by calling the robot to authenticate my key, now because i did that and its probably a bad way around it is that why im crashing? I originally thought it was my SSD but its happening on a fresh install on my WD 1TB mechanical HDD.

What exactly happens. a program crashes (firefox) it goes into the "Program is not responding" until all of the programs open do the same and eventually Windows explorer (my desktop/OS)

Do i need to buy another copy of windows 7 to fix this?

Also whats the difference between Windows 7 home premium upgrade for $130 and Windows 7 Home premium full license for $230?
Edited by Gaupz - 2/10/12 at 7:04am
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Your problem is not because you installed the OEM version and used the robot to validate the install, your problem is caused by something else.

I would do a complete new fresh install of windows, then do a complete fresh install of all drivers that came with your new motherboard, they should be on a CD. After that install any addistional drivers for addon cards (GPU, sound, etc.) that you have.

I would even use diskpart to completely wipe the drive clean during the install process. You can go to www.sevenforums.com and get a tutorial to tell you how to do this while installing windows.
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i buy oem versions of windows, a lot of people do because they're cheaper and you might as well if you only want to install it on one computer (oem versions are no different other than that btw). when you change motherboard it often doesn't wanna activate though so you have to phone up microsoft and explain the situation and they will help you get it sorted. it can be a pain in the ass because ive had to do this a couple times already since buying windows 7 and will be needing to it again next when when i've put another new motherboard in. a little tip though - when you've phoned them up the first time they will arrange a time for you to call an engineer/technician. when you speak to them they will explain that the call make take a little while and you can get them to phone you back to save on phone charges wink.gif dont be put off by doing this, its not all that much hassle, just takes about 45 mins of your time but its better than buying a new copy of windows which i personally would absolutely refuse to do since i like to make sure i get what i pay for!
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Originally Posted by idahosurge View Post

Your problem is not because you installed the OEM version and used the robot to validate the install, your problem is caused by something else.
I would do a complete new fresh install of windows, then do a complete fresh install of all drivers that came with your new motherboard, they should be on a CD. After that install any addistional drivers for addon cards (GPU, sound, etc.) that you have.
I would even use diskpart to completely wipe the drive clean during the install process. You can go to www.sevenforums.com and get a tutorial to tell you how to do this while installing windows.

I have done a couple complete fresh installs, I always get the latest drivers for anything that I use. Im on my mechanical HDD to see if it makes a difference, maybe it was just my SSD.
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