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This is probably a total shot in the dark. I bought a system builder's disc back in January and I had it paired with a Gigabyte 1366 motherboard. I just changed my motherboard to an EVGA P67 because i was able to get a hold of a cheap 2550k. I know that Microsoft's terms state that the serial key binds to the motherboard. If I call them, is there any chance that I would be able to have my serial number cling to the EVGA board? I'm just wondering if anyone ever tried that, because I really don't feel like dishing out another $100+ for a new CD and a new serial key. frown.gif

Personally, I think its kind of silly that Microsoft does that but it would be great if i can change the motherboard and not have to worry about activation problems. If you think about it though, what if you have an old motherboard that breaks and can't be supported or repaired and you decide to buy a new one. So then you would have to buy a new board and a fresh copy of Windows? Kind of silly. wth.gif
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I am assuming the System builders editions are the OEM ones from Newegg, etc?
While I haven't moved a copy of W7, i did migrate Xp through 3 different builds and registered everytime. Never a problem.
Don't know how MS would know, but my guess is that as long as they don't see two systems reporting the same software key you are ok.

Please post the results - I have an extra copy of W7 pro I want to move to my daughters comp.

Good luck.
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Yeah that's the problem. I sold the Gigabyte motherboard and so knowing in the back of my head that the serial key binds to the motherboard, i just included the W7 cd w/ serial key as a combo. So now, i guess i'm in a pickle. I wonder if I call them and ask them to change the serial number, would they do it....thinking.gif
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Well, that is trying to run two copies at once and I don't think they will do that.
In my case the old system went inactive since the hard drives moved to the new one and were wiped then reloaded.
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post #5 of 16
They won't do it...
Use the same Activation Number and it should be good for 2-3 computer possibly more.

I've done that and it was good with 6 computers with the same Keys.

but the only thing is you would have to go through their Automated phone system but its better and much cheaper rather than buying another Win7.

Edit: Do you still have the activation key any chance?
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Sorry, you've got to get a new copy of Windows 7 with a new valid key. Even if you were able to have MS change the activation for you to your new board, it's still illegal according their terms (EULA).

If you wanted a copy of Windows 7 that you could change hardware on (apparently up to three times only), you'd have to have purchased a retail copy of Windows 7, not an OEM disc. That is partly the reason that the 'family retail' packs were so popular when they original went on sale - three keys for all the PC's in your house.
    
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post #7 of 16
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Man, that's too bad. I'd love to get retail but I'm not gonna pay the hefty price at least not for now. I'll just have to get another OEM copy. frown.gif
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Man, that's too bad. I'd love to get retail but I'm not gonna pay the hefty price at least not for now. I'll just have to get another OEM copy. frown.gif

Check around on CL and stuff for legitimate sales - I've seen several locally (retail offerings, but now already sold and gone) going for pretty decent or near OEM prices for retail boxed copies. And if you're fine with Vista, I've seen several x64 ultimate editions going for seriously low prices (retail copies, boxed and legitimate, as well as OEM builders' discs).

I picked up two x64 Vista Ultimate builders' copies for $35 a piece, brand new, unopened and unused. eek.gif
    
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post #9 of 16
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I've purchased a retail copy of W7 on eBay before and the serial key was fake. It said it was not genuine. And the box was sealed and unopened too so I don't think I'll be playing in that ballpark anymore.
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I'm planning to pick up a copy of W7 OEM tomorrow but I'd figure I ask before I buy. I had W& Professional. Do i really need Professional or can I just get Home Premium. I mean as far as Steam goes, the only windows games i got on there are:

GTA III, Vice City, Call of Duty 2. Will I need Professional to run these games or will HomePremium suffice?
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