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I'm looking to get a new video card fairly soon. I've been looking at possibly getting 2 video cards, but I only have 1 pci-e x16 slot on my motherboard. I have windows 7 home premium 64bit OEM on my computer, and from what I've read by searching through google, changing your motherboard qualifies as a new computer and your OS can't be used anymore. I would like to get clarification on this. If I would have to buy a new copy of windows maybe id just get 1 card or even a dual gpu card. Also, if I did buy a new copy of windows, would I have to reformat my harddrive and reinstall using the new product key, or could I just type in the new key somewhere to change it?
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That is 100% correct.

The motherboard is an integral part of your system and once you change that your copy of windows will no longer be valid. However, if you contact microsoft, explain that your motherboard has unexplicably fried or that you're trying to install your OS on the same motherboard and it's not working. They might let you use it again.

If you did get a new copy of windows, you can just reactivate it.

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So I'm imagining what you're saying as something like this: get a new motherboard, boot up, get a windows message telling me my windows copy isn't valid anymore, and enter a new product key to reactivate it. Is that correct at all?
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As a Microsoft Certified guy, I can vouch for compuman145's statement. You will be prompted to reactivate windows following a major hardware change like a motherboard.

That being said, here's how you get around it... as long as you answer the questions correctly when calling to activate (if online activation does not do it for you automatically), your copy will reactivate just fine. Make sure you answer the question regarding hardware replacement 'yes' and the question regarding how many computers this copy is installed on question as '1', you should reactivate just fine.

I have tricks up my sleeve I can share if you have issues with reactivation.
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As a Microsoft Certified guy, I can vouch for compuman145's statement. You will be prompted to reactivate windows following a major hardware change like a motherboard.

That being said, here's how you get around it... as long as you answer the questions correctly when calling to activate (if online activation does not do it for you automatically), your copy will reactivate just fine. Make sure you answer the question regarding hardware replacement 'yes' and the question regarding how many computers this copy is installed on question as '1', you should reactivate just fine.

I have tricks up my sleeve I can share if you have issues with reactivation.
So a possible outcome for me, would be buying 2 video cards, a new motherboard to hold both of them, and a new power supply as mine would not be sufficient. Are you saying it would be possible that microsoft would let me continue using my current windows OEM copy with that new setup?
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Yes, it is a possibility.
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So, if microsoft doesn't let me use my copy of windows after I change my motherboard, and I buy another copy and want to use it on the same harddrive, will I need to reformat then reinstall using that new product key, or can I just enter it somewhere and then it will be changed?
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You can reenter it on the windows activation that comes up
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Yep Yep... That's absolutely right. You can re-activate in worst-case scenario with a brand new legitimate store bought copy.
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Pulling a 5 day old thread to the front of the queue.... Win
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