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I am going to be building a new PC here soon when the Sandy Bridge processors come out and I will thus be switching my copy of Win 7 Ultimate to a new machine. Of course the hard drive that Win7 is on now will be erased and thus will get some other OS unless I can find a copy of Win7 Ult. for $100.

However, do I need to do anything tricky such as deactivating or deauthorizing the current computer Win. 7 is on to put it on a new computer?

Thanks. I just don't know what has changed these days when it comes to Microsoft's latest incarnation when it comes to building systems and transplanting an OS.
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You can call up Windows. But generally changing the motherboard requires the Windows key to be deactivated when the same key is installed on a new PC.

Or I think I'm confusing myself.
 
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You can call up Windows. But generally changing the motherboard requires the Windows key to be deactivated when the same key is installed on a new PC.

Or I think I'm confusing myself.
So can you or someone else confirm that I would have to deactivate the current copy of windows somehow to install it on a new build? And if so how do I do this?

I never had this problem with XP. I just installed Windows XP on a new machine and reformatted my old HD that had XP on it.

Also, would any time I reformat my machine require a deactivation then? That would seem ridiculous.
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It depends what version you are running, OEM or retail.

If its OEM its tied to the machine the license sticker is attached to and you may have to call MS claiming the motherboard has been changed due to a repair or whatever.

If its retail and depending on what version you can install it on multiple machines.
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It depends what version you are running, OEM or retail.

If its OEM its tied to the machine the license sticker is attached to and you may have to call MS claiming the motherboard has been changed due to a repair or whatever.

If its retail and depending on what version you can install it on multiple machines.
Retail. However, I would imagine that while I can install it on multiple machines I can only have 1 machine active at a time correct? How would they even keep track of this?
post #6 of 22
The box it came in should tell you how many activations you have got left.

Generally speaking, if it wont activate on the new machine, call the number and tell them the significant hardware change that is preventing activation is due to a recent repair.

They give you the code and all is well.

Its not so much breaking the rules as blurring them.
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Retail shouldn't be an issue and I think it has something to do with some hardware serial number assignment of some sort when it comes to oem, and I don't know about win 7 but xp you could run a retail on multiple pc's
    
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Retail. However, I would imagine that while I can install it on multiple machines I can only have 1 machine active at a time correct? How would they even keep track of this?
I'm not 100% sure on this, but I believe when you activate your copy and/or check for updates (and you're connected to the internet), the MS server can determine if the hardware has changed.

I believe a retail copy can be installed 5 different times (as in, on different machines) but only on one machine at a time. (And infinite installs on the same machine, of course.)
    
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So can you or someone else confirm that I would have to deactivate the current copy of windows somehow to install it on a new build? And if so how do I do this?

I never had this problem with XP. I just installed Windows XP on a new machine and reformatted my old HD that had XP on it.

Also, would any time I reformat my machine require a deactivation then? That would seem ridiculous.
If all you are doing is reinstalling the OS on the new PC and not running the old PC too, there is nothing you have to do. I have retail copies of Win7 and when I install a new mobo I just reinstall Win7. No deactivation required.
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Yes there is a hardware id generated which is a mash up of your product code and the hardware in your machine.

MS can tell when a significant upgrade is done and it will ask you to reactivate.

They just cant argue with the "it was a repair" line even if you are on your last activation.
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