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post #1 of 11
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I know I need to deactivate all my software etc but for Windows 7, do I need to deactivate it somehow or just put in the serial number again once I have my new motherboard? Also, is there anything else I need to know before sending my current board away?
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post #2 of 11
For me it invalidated my license, I say just do a clean install.
post #3 of 11
IME, W7 is smart enough to swap out board/CPU without much screaming. Best to uninstall any board-specific drivers/software first.
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post #4 of 11
I don't think u have to deactivate anything, all your software is on your hard drives, mother board has nothing to do with it. so if you just replace it and plug your hard drives in everything should be just as you left it? except for your overclock settings etc
post #5 of 11
I managed to replace my motherboard just a few days ago and my copy of Windows 7 remained activated. I think it's just the luck of the draw, but I think, if your copy of 7 isn't OEM, you shouldn't have any issues.
post #6 of 11
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I managed to replace my motherboard just a few days ago and my copy of Windows 7 remained activated. I think it's just the luck of the draw, but I think, if your copy of 7 isn't OEM, you shouldn't have any issues.
I got my copy of Windows 7 via my University. Just hope it'll still work afterwards.
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post #7 of 11
it should be OK but I still tend to play it safe and do a full reinstall of windows when changing boards
post #8 of 11
Thanks for the info here. I wondered about approximately the same thing myself. Changing the motherboard in a few days. I'm wondering HOW I'm going to deactivate everything to be on the safe side. I barely got oversight any more.
    
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post #9 of 11
Best to just do a fresh reinstall.
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post #10 of 11
What I did, pending you have a valid copy of windows 7 with license key. Do a fresh install, enter your key, if it gives you a problem call microsoft tech support and tell them you had to replace/upgrade your board and wanted a fresh install of your os and they should give you a new key. At least that's what they did for me. I know with my windows xp I was able to use the key a certain amount of times before I had to call but unsure for vista/7
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