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Alright, so pretty soon here I'm going to be swapping out my AMD processor and corresponding motherboard for an Intel one (and of course, a new motherboard). I have a couple of questions regarding the process:

1. When I do the switch, I know that I'll have to reinstall Windows 7. I simply do this by doing the installation process again, correct? I don't have to uninstall anything?
2. When I do install Windows again, should I first uninstall my current motherboard drivers?
3. When installing Windows, will it wipe/format my drive?
3b. If it will wipe my drive, is there a way that I can back up all installed programs or have it only wipe and reinstall Windows? I have a 64GB SSD that Windows is installed on - could I just copy-paste all of the contents to my 1TB HDD and then copy-paste back after the install, or should I just accept the drive wipe and reinstall all of my programs, only copying over documents and other files for backup purposes?
4. My copy of Windows 7 is an OEM. I still have the disc and product key, should I have any issues with trying to activate it with said key and if so, what can I do about it?

Thanks in advance! I'm just a little apprehensive about some of these things and don't want to get anything wrong while doing this. If you have any other knowledge to share about the switch over that might make it easier on me or that I should be sure to do, please let me know.
post #2 of 12
1. You don't have to uninstall anything. It's a clean install

2. No. A clean install will wipe everything for you

3. Depends on how you partitioned the drive(s)

3b. Since you have an SSD, just install Windows on that and backup everything onto the HDD. Don't copy programs, just the files. Reinstall programs on the SSD after you do a clean Windows installation

4. As far as I know, OEM key means you can only activate it once on 1 motherboard. Not an expert on this, sorry.

Good luck
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Alright, thanks for the information!
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4. As far as I know, OEM key means you can only activate it once on 1 motherboard. Not an expert on this, sorry.

just to be clear, it can only be installed on 1 motherboard, it's non transferable unless your mobo got RMA'ed. you can install/reinstall it as many times as you want on the same mobo.
Edited by ghostrider85 - 5/12/13 at 8:48pm
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You can reinstall and activate that OEM copy of windows 7 as many times as you want, as long as you run that license on one pc only - you are ok thumb.gif
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just to be clear, it can only be installed on 1 motherboard, but you can install/reinstall it as many times as you want.

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You can reinstall and activate that OEM copy of windows 7 as many times as you want, as long as you run that license on one pc only - you are ok thumb.gif

Got you guys. Thanks for clearing that up

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You can reinstall and activate that OEM copy of windows 7 as many times as you want, as long as you run that license on one pc only - you are ok thumb.gif

that is the retail version.

both the RETAIL and OEM version can only be installed on "one machine at a time", the difference is that the OEM can only be installed on one machine ONLY, it's not transferable unless your old mobo got RMA'ed

so to answer OP's question:
no, you can not legally use the oem license that you used from your amd system, you can't legally transfer it to your new mobo.
Edited by ghostrider85 - 5/12/13 at 8:55pm
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that is the retail version.

both the RETAIL and OEM version can only be installed on "one machine at a time", the difference is that the OEM can only be installed on one machine ONLY, it's not transferable unless your old mobo got RMA'ed

so to answer OP's question:
no, you can not legally use the oem license that you used from your amd system, you can't legally transfer it to your new mobo.

Not really, first, there are Family pack RETAIL licenses that can be installed on three machines at a time, second, neither OEM nor Retail copy would get assigned to the specific motherboard, main difference between retail and OEM is packaging and the fact that retail packs both 32 and 64 bit version installation media. You can swap your mobo with a different one - reinstall windows and it would activate just fine. I know that for a fact cause I repair pc's and reinstall operating systems every day at work.
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Not really, first, there are Family pack RETAIL licenses that can be installed on three machines at a time, second, neither OEM nor Retail copy would get assigned to the specific motherboard, main difference between retail and OEM is packaging and the fact that retail packs both 32 and 64 bit version installation media. You can swap your mobo with a different one - reinstall windows and it would activate just fine. I know that for a fact cause I repair pc's and reinstall operating systems every day at work.

so that's it? the only difference between the oem and the retail is that the retail comes with both 32 bit and 64?
you do this for a living? then you are doing it illegaly.


From one of the admins here:
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OEM licenses are cheaper for a reason, and it has very little to do with not having a box. It is cheaper because eventually you will need a new machine and will then have to buy another copy of the OS. So next time someone suggests that installing an OEM OS on a new (read: not the original) computer is OK; will get a Piracy Infraction.



read this thread for more info about OEM license: http://www.overclock.net/t/156182/oem-clarification/0_20
Edited by ghostrider85 - 5/12/13 at 10:34pm
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so that's it? the only difference between the oem and the retail is that the retail comes with both 32 bit and 64?
you do this for a living? then you are doing it illegaly.


From one of the admins here:
read this thread for more info about OEM license: http://www.overclock.net/t/156182/oem-clarification/0_20

good read, + rep

If thats the case its pretty strange that microsoft would allow to activate windows with a new mobo. I will speak with Microsoft rep to verify details.
Edited by ekg84 - 5/12/13 at 10:48pm
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