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Need to re-activate Windows with new CPU?

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I'm building a system for my son for video editing, etc. I will give him my i7-3930K so I can upgrade to a i7-4930K.
I'll use the same mobo and only swap the memory, also. I'm running an OEM version of Windows 7 x64.
My question is, will I have to activate Windows again because of the new CPU and if so, will it be a problem?
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Should not have to reactivate Windows with a new cpu, but if you have to, just call the 1800 number for Microsoft and reactive. Takes 5min.

Usually it's motherboard swaps when you have to reactivate Windows.
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I have done it a couple times without having to re activate
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As stated above you will not need to reactivate windows when upgrading the CPU. The activation key is linked to the motherboard.
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Thanks
That's what I thought.
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