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I'm moving platforms, from AM3 to SB. I'm not naive enough to think I can just swap the MOBO and reboot. I do have some minor hangups over this whole thing though.

I have an OEM key and disk (bought from 9software). Also, how would making a backup & disk image on my D drive help in this situation?

Once I set up the new system I was planning on doing a clean install of Win 7 on my SSD, then doing a repair install from the CD image, but will that SNAFU the drivers?

I'm a little lost on what to do. Thanks
post #2 of 13
Sure you can - just uninstall all the drivers, and plug in and install the new drivers, I've done it while changing my system several times, works perfectly
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I really don't think you can do this.... I have always just backed up my profile, and reinstalled.
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It should be fine to just swap however, to ensure stability and that almost guarantee no software conflicts, a clean install is always recommended when it comes to a new motherboard (especially different brands, sockets, chipsets, etc) because of the underlying drivers that might be left.
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While I appreciate the help, I have to say how amusing it was to get two completely polar opposite responses in the first minute
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you need a new key OEM is tied to the motherboard and cant be reused and before anyone says its fine to reuse read this
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Originally Posted by BFRD
I am tired of reading so many posts suggesting that you may install an OEM copy of a Windows OS on multiple computers and still retain a proper license. Just because you call up and ask for a license key and you are given one does NOT make it OK. Not getting caught is not the same thing as being allowed. The operators that are manning those phone lines do not have the training (or inclination) to determine if you are installing on a new machine or not. The license is clear; OEM = one machine only.

OEM licenses are cheaper for a reason, and it has very little to do with not having a box. It is cheaper because eventually you will need a new machine and will then have to buy another copy of the OS. So next time someone suggests that installing an OEM OS on a new (read: not the original) computer is OK; will get a Piracy Infraction.

Notes:
Minor hardware changes are permitted
A motherboard change is never minor
Hardware failure may not allow you to re-activate a license
This thread is about licensing not morality
MS will often allow you to re-activate even though they shouldn't, they have stated this will not protect you from prosecution
If you are upset about the licensing issues of OEM software complain to your system builder
http://www.overclock.net/windows/156...ification.html
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you need a new key OEM is tied to the motherboard and cant be reused and before anyone says its fine to reuse read this

http://www.overclock.net/windows/156...ification.html
So technically us helping you do this violates the TOS is what that says.
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you need a new key OEM is tied to the motherboard and cant be reused and before anyone says its fine to reuse read this
But just the new key...? I can reuse the software disk, yes?
post #9 of 13
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So technically us helping you do this violates the TOS is what that says.
Not at all...I'm more concerned with not losing any data with the clean install. If I need to purchase a new key, i'll do that

While I only have Windows on my C drive, I'm just cared I'm going to muck something up when I do the conversion.
post #10 of 13
using the same disc is not a problem in fact I use the same disc on all my builds but you need a new key
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