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

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April 18, 2013 9:42:14 AM

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

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April 18, 2013 9:45:46 AM

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
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April 18, 2013 9:46:28 AM

also, you shouldn't have any issues upgrading RAM.
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April 18, 2013 9:47:22 AM

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.
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April 18, 2013 9:47:40 AM

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.
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April 18, 2013 9:48:32 AM

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.
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April 18, 2013 9:58:33 AM

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


USAFRet 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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