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Can I swap my motherboard without re-installing windows 7? Specs in thread.

I currently have a Dell OY2MRG motherboard, and I want to swap it with a Asus P8Z77-V PRO Z77 motherboard, but at the same time I will be installing new RAM during the swap over, I know that windows might deactivate if too many parts differ, I am just making sure, that before I buy the new motherboard, that I can swap my current motherboard without having to re-install Windows 7 home premium (64bit), and whether or not my windows will deactivate due to the change in parts?

SPECS:
CPU: Intel core i7 2600 3.4GHz
GFX Card: GIGABYTE GTX660 OC
RAM: 8GB Clock speed: 600MHz (2x4GB) DDR3
Motherboard: Dell OY2MRG

RAM to be installed with motherboard swap:
Corsair 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz Red Vengeance Memory

Thanks for Reading.
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    if it's an OE version of Windows that you have on, say, a preconfigured Dell machine, than if you change the mobo, it'll deactivate. if it's a system that you built yourself, it should be fine
  2. also, you shouldn't have any issues upgrading RAM.
  3. No way to tell if it will actually deactivate until you do it.
    But reactivation is easy. If it doesn't do it online, a phone call to MS will do it.

    An OEM install will not work.

    As always, back up all important data beforehand, just in case.
  4. short answer is no. While it may work eventually.... it may never have the reliability a clean install would. I haven't attempted this in years but it didn't work so well, if at all, back then either.
  5. There will be too much difference for you to not be forced to reinstall. If you don't do this, expect blue screens A LOT.

    I take it that you bought your system from Dell, with a Windows 7 Home Premium OEM license on the case. So... No, you will have to actually purchase a brand new Windows 7 license or else you are violating the EULA. OEM licenses are not transferrable and are bound to the motherboard.
  6. ittimjones said:
    if it's an OE version of Windows that you have on, say, a preconfigured Dell machine, than if you change the mobo, it'll deactivate. if it's a system that you built yourself, it should be fine


    Anonymous said:
    No way to tell if it will actually deactivate until you do it.
    But reactivation is easy. If it doesn't do it online, a phone call to MS will do it.

    An OEM install will not work.

    As always, back up all important data beforehand, just in case.

    Just wandering how I could check if my windows copy is under OEM License?
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