If I change my motherboard, processor and hard drive do I have to buy windows 7 again?

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If I change my motherboard, processor and hard drive do I have to buy windows 7 again? 
 

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On Sat, 28 Apr 2012 22:52:16 +0000, TroyBraxton wrote:

If I change my motherboard, processor and hard drive do I have to buy windows 7 again? 

First, note that changing the processor and hard drive are irrelevant.
The only relevant question is changing the motherboard.

The answer depends on whether you have a retail version of Windows or
an OEM version. If it's a retail version, no, there is no problem. You
can move it from computer to computers as often as you want to, as
long as it is never on two computers at once. Worst case, you might
have to reactive by telephone call, instead of on the internet.

But if it's an OEM version, no, you can't do it. The biggest
disadvantage of an OEM version (at least in the USA) is that its
license ties it permanently to the first computer it's installed on.
It can never legally be moved to another computer, sold, or given away
(except with the original computer). If the computer dies or is
stolen, your license dies with it. And these days, Microsoft considers
that if you change the motherboard, it's a different computer.

Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP

Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP since October 2003

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If its a retail version of Windows 7 - no you don't have to buy it again.

If its an OEM version of Windows 7 that came with the old motherboard, yes, you have to purchase a new license.

Note: If its an upgrade retail license, you might have to purchase a full retail license, because the upgrade will no longer have a previous qualifying license to use on the new motherboard.

 

OEM versions of Windows 7 are identical to Full License Retail versions except for the following:

- OEM versions do not offer any free Microsoft direct support from Microsoft support personnel

- OEM licenses are tied to the very first computer you install and activate it on

- OEM versions allow all hardware upgrades except for an upgrade to a different model motherboard

- OEM versions cannot be used to directly upgrade from an older Windows operating system

 

What is OEM software?:

http://support.microsoft.com/gp/oemsupport_1/en-gb

Licensing FAQs:

http://www.microsoft.com/OEM/en/licensing/sblicensing/Pages/licensing_faq.aspx

 

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Some persons have managed to reactivate OEM licenses on new motherboards, so its still worth a try, but if it does not work, prepare to invest in a new license.

 


 
1) Click Start, and in the Search box type:   slui.exe  4
 
2) Next press the 'ENTER' key
 
3) Select your 'Country' from the list.
 
4) Choose the 'Phone Activation' option.
 
5) Stay on the phone (do not select/press any options) and wait for a person to help you with activation.
 
6) Explain your problem clearly to the support person.
 
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950929/en-us

Best,
Andre
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MVP-Windows and Devices for IT
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