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I know the copy of Windows is tied to the mobo, but I have heard stories of when people upgrade their mobo they are able to call microsoft to get Windows to work on their new motherboard. How is this done? Also, if it''s a prebuilt computer(HP) I'm starting with , is their a way to get Windows Vista transfered(from the old mobo to the new one I'm putting in)? I know I should upgrade it to Windows 7 and leave Vista, but I'm on a tight budget so I was hoping I would be able to transfer the OS over.
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Is the Windows version OEM or retail? If its retail, all you have to do is reactivate when the new mobo is installed.

OEM versions are not "technically" able to transferred to a system with a new mobo. Although MS doesn't always enforce this, if you call MS they might accept it for you.

I've swapped the Motherboards of the same brands before between systems and all that was required was reactivation.
    
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Is the Windows version OEM or retail? If its retail, all you have to do is reactivate when the new mobo is installed.

OEM versions are not "technically" able to transferred to a system with a new mobo. Although MS doesn't always enforce this, if you call MS they might accept it for you.

I've swapped the Motherboards of the same brands before between systems and all that was required was reactivation.
I think it's OEM since it came from HP. I hope they will allow it!
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Like Megaman said if it's a retail version then there's no problem. If it's an OEM like whats bundled with a pre built PC's or something, then unless the new motherboard is a direct replacement, as in the same or similar, due to the old MB failing then it's not legal.
Check here.
http://www.overclock.net/windows/156...ification.html
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Like Megaman said if it's a retail version then there's no problem. If it's an OEM like whats bundled with a pre built PC's or something, then unless the new motherboard is a direct replacement, as in the same or similar, due to the old MB failing then it's not legal.
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http://www.overclock.net/windows/156...ification.html
Shoot, I guess will have to buy an OEM copy of Windows 7 to install. Now, I'm kinda a noob with backing up the data(I'm sure it's not that hard though), how would I back up my things from Windows Vista so I still use them on Windows 7?

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Shoot, I guess will have to buy an OEM copy of Windows 7 to install. Now, I'm kinda a noob with backing up the data(I'm sure it's not that hard though), how would I back up my things from Windows Vista so I still use them on Windows 7?

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I would look on ebay for retail Vista keys. I found some for 20$ each awhile back and they worked great. Unlike XP, the OEM and retail DVDs are the same software. Only the keys are different, so you can use the same DVD. All you have to do is find a retail key for your Vista version whether it be Home premium, or Ultimate Etc.

As for backup....I usually just back up my documents, or any of my important files or saved games to an external drive.
    
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I would look on ebay for retail Vista keys. I found some for 20$ each awhile back and they worked great. Unlike XP, the OEM and retail DVDs are the same software. Only the keys are different, so you can use the same DVD. All you have to do is find a retail key for your Vista version whether it be Home premium, or Ultimate Etc.

As for backup....I usually just back up my documents, or any of my important files or saved games to an external drive.
OK thanks. I do have a CD already for Win 7 Premium so I'll check it out for a key.
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post #8 of 10
I installed a new mobo (same brand) new cpu and new ram. Didn't reinstall and all was well. Took 10 minutes to get drivers and then I was off. I didn't change keys but thats because uhmmm can't say here. But my key now is oem, didn't have to reset key.
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OK thanks. I do have a CD already for Win 7 Premium so I'll check it out for a key.
Ah in that case search for a retail 7 key on ebay.

It should be much cheaper than buying a OEM key/w CD on Newegg.
    
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post #10 of 10
Just give it a shot. With a OEM copy of Win XP Pro. I had no problem going to a new build. Went from an Asus A7N8X Deluxe to a EVGA 780i. A complete new set up.
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