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Windows uses a 'point system' for determining if you need to reinstall or reactivate. One of the biggest point value parts in your system is the Network Interface. Depending on how everything is detected, you might have to reactivate your copy of Windows, too.
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that doesnt bother me (or should it ). Because teh comp that uses that version of windows is non-internet, and hasnt been seen on the net in over a year.
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The issue isn't activation vs. non-activation; it's incompatibility of drivers from one mobo to another. If the new mobo will allow you to boot into Windows with your existing installation, you will be able to uninstall your current drivers, run a good driver cleaner, and install the new drivers. You may well need to activate again, but even if you can't do the activation online, you can always call Microsoft at the number provided in the activation Window and use their automated activation system over the phone.
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post #14 of 14
Sorry to bring up such an old thread, but has anything changed with vista, im about to swap my motherboards out, but i dont have a way to get another copy of vista right now
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