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Motherboard replacement and Win7 reactivation

Sun Nov 07, 2010 12:12 pm

Some may remember, I recently won a new motherboard thanks to MSI and Tech Report.

I have since purchased a new i7-950, 6gb (2x3gb) of ram, and a Corsair H50 cooler. I have already removed my old mobo, cpu, ram, and I'm ready to install the new goodies. My question is in regards to Windows 7 which is already loaded on my HD. How do I re-activate the OS? Will the system boot up and give my options? My version of Win7 is Professional 64-bit. Thanks
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Re: Motherboard replacement and Win7 reactivation

Sun Nov 07, 2010 12:45 pm

RickyTick wrote:
I have since purchased a new i7-950, 6gb (2x3gb) of ram, and a Corsair H50 cooler. I have already removed my old mobo, cpu, ram, and I'm ready to install the new goodies. My question is in regards to Windows 7 which is already loaded on my HD. How do I re-activate the OS? Will the system boot up and give my options? My version of Win7 is Professional 64-bit. Thanks
It should. If it cannot re-activate on its own, it should give you a toll-free number to call where, as JAE always put it a "nice young man from India", will be on the line and you talk to him about re-activation. Technically speaking if your Windows license is "OEM" you are not allowed to change to a different motherboard (considered a "new" computer). However, lots of people just claim it is a straight up replacement and the call centre agent usually let you re-activate. Your call in the end.
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Re: Motherboard replacement and Win7 reactivation

Sun Nov 07, 2010 12:55 pm

The nice young man in Bangalore has been outsourced to an automated system. You just speak your product code into the phone and it re-activates you.
 
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Re: Motherboard replacement and Win7 reactivation

Sun Nov 07, 2010 3:46 pm

Hmm.. When I made a platform upgrade, my Vista did not mention anything, it just worked!
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Re: Motherboard replacement and Win7 reactivation

Sun Nov 07, 2010 5:07 pm

Unfortunately, I'm still occasionally tech support for some folks who haven't upgraded to a modern operating system, so I've had experience with Windows XP activation in the past year.
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Re: Motherboard replacement and Win7 reactivation

Sun Nov 07, 2010 8:12 pm

My install of Win 7 was a digital download through MSDN, so I don't have a physical media for relaoding or repair. Once I get to the point of "first-boot", I guess I'll figure it out then. It shouldn't be a very big deal, I don't think.

Thanks for the help.
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Re: Motherboard replacement and Win7 reactivation

Sat Nov 20, 2010 2:21 pm

Should be able to make a USB disk off the download, no?
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Re: Motherboard replacement and Win7 reactivation

Sat Nov 20, 2010 2:29 pm

Flying Fox wrote:
Should be able to make a USB disk off the download, no?


Yes sir. I was able to put the iso on a USB thumb drive and I loaded it without a problem. It's working great. I did a clean install of the OS,and was able to re-download MS Office. Everything else was free downloads or Steam games. So I'm back to normal with a nice new lickety-split system. Thanks for helping.
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