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Hi All, first time poster here.

What are the rules with Windows 7 activation??
After activating a OEM copy Windows 7 what are the type of components that can be changed / upgraded without effecting the License?
Parts like the Motherboard, CPU, PSU, DVD drive, HSF, Case fans, or even the Case itself. Also how many major components can I replaced with out Microsoft blocking further Activations of the same OEM copy of Windows 7 at a future date?
Also, I did hear or read somewhere ( I cant remember where ) that even updating the motherboards BIOS can effect the Windows License. Anybody know if this is true?
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No matter what you do, you can call them and have them reset the license key and you will be able to activate/reinstall at any time.
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Hi All, first time poster here.

What are the rules with Windows 7 activation??
After activating a OEM copy Windows 7 what are the type of components that can be changed / upgraded without effecting the License?
Parts like the Motherboard, CPU, PSU, DVD drive, HSF, Case fans, or even the Case itself. Also how many major components can I replaced with out Microsoft blocking further Activations of the same OEM copy of Windows 7 at a future date?
Also, I did hear or read somewhere ( I cant remember where ) that even updating the motherboards BIOS can effect the Windows License. Anybody know if this is true?
Why on earth would you even consider the bolded ones? Your OS can't magically detect whether you've changed those... with the exception of the DVD drive, but that's not an integral component.

I've switched motherboards and CPU's with no problems, so I'm not sure what would set it off. I've updated my BIOS with no problems too.

Edit: Ah, OEM. Yes, that's tied to the motherboard. Nothing a call to MS shouldn't fix, however.
Edited by aroc91 - 8/30/10 at 9:45am
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I believe the oem licence is tied to the motherboard, so in theroy you can changed things like the hard drive, cpu, ram and case....

Though as said above, the os cant detect whether you change things like your case or not!

Hope this helps
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the only change to be worried about is motherboard as the licence is tied to it, any other hardware changes wont block the key but may require reactivation which is simple enough to do
    
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there's the "what is the rules according to the EULA on OEM" and what you can do.

IN THEORY, the OEM Key is tied to the major hardware components (Motherboard, CPU).

In practice, many people use an OEM key similar to retail key and just call MS to reset its activation.
post #7 of 14
Changing video cards can affect the activation. If the SLIC is imprinted in the bios then flashing will affect activation. cpu might ,psu,cd/dvd,hsf,fans and case will have no affect.
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I believe the oem licence is tied to the motherboard, so in theroy you can changed things like the hard drive, cpu, ram and case....

Though as said above, the os cant detect whether you change things like your case or not!

Hope this helps
+1 This is correct. Although the OS cannot detect changes ect, if you do change your mobo out theres a chance you will need to reinstall due to boot errors and other abnormalities. Happened to me the other week on a clients PC.
post #9 of 14
Hi angel dust,

The P/S case won't chnage anything. Adding ram will require a reactivation as will a cpu change and mobo. I don't know about hd unless it is the OS drive then most likely. I know for a fact a change of ram will cause you to have to reacitvate as I had to when I upgraded to 8 gig from 4 gig.
    
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Adding ram will require a reactivation as will a cpu change and mobo. I don't know about hd unless it is the OS drive then most likely. I know for a fact a change of ram will cause you to have to reacitvate as I had to when I upgraded to 8 gig from 4 gig.
I call BS. Why would OEMs make machines and then offer memory upgrades? That would be a headache for them.
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