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Hey guys,

I'm building a new rig as we speak. Completely new motherboard, everything else is the same, GPU CPU, etc... Can I just hookup my boot SSD and storage HDD to my new motherboard to test everything and expect windows 7 to run fine? I just need it for a few days to test the motherboard and memory so I figured I could just quickly throw it together and test it out without having to worry about a complete reformat of win 7 and the possibility of hassle with needing a new key for win 7 because I changed the motherboard...?

I guess I'm saying, what will happen when I do hookup all my stuff to the new motherboard and power on? Get to windows just fine and then? I expect there to be some sort of authentication problem? Is that what I should expect?

Thanks guys!

I plan to eventually do an entire reformat of everything, I just need to test out my new components.
post #2 of 3
If you have a retail key, you can do as you say with minimal issues (Windows will update all drivers and such with minimal issues).

If you have and OEM copy of Windows, you need another key, OEM windows is tied to the original motherboard it is installed on (see the link in my sig).
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yup... I have this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
Says OEM..ug


My laptop's HDD that I've had in storage for quite awhile has win 7 on it, I might try that if the main rig's OEM version doesn't work...lol


Can I put in SSD boot drive on the new motherboard, then purchase a winodws 8 upgrade and try that?
Edited by Cakewalk_S - 12/5/12 at 7:04am
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