How exactly do re-installing operating systems with new motherboards work?

I have an OEM version of Windows 7. If I want to upgrade my motherboard, will I have to buy a new version of windows 7 with the disc or can I just re-install my operating system from scratch with no data on it?
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  1. OEM version + new motherboard = purchase new.
    Unless you can sweet talk MS into activating again. There is a reason the OEM version was cheap.

    Accept the motherboard limitations, or buy retail.
  2. +1 to the retired Airman.
  3. USAFRet said:
    OEM version + new motherboard = purchase new.
    Unless you can sweet talk MS into activating again. There is a reason the OEM version was cheap.

    Accept the motherboard limitations, or buy retail.


    so if i want to buy a new motherboard I have to pay full price for a retail copy of my operating system, i can't just rebuy an oem version?
  4. Tiqii said:
    USAFRet said:
    OEM version + new motherboard = purchase new.
    Unless you can sweet talk MS into activating again. There is a reason the OEM version was cheap.

    Accept the motherboard limitations, or buy retail.


    so if i want to buy a new motherboard I have to pay full price for a retail copy of my operating system, i can't just rebuy an oem version?


    A new OEM version will work.
    But now you've probably spent more than getting the original retail version first.
  5. USAFRet said:
    Tiqii said:
    USAFRet said:
    OEM version + new motherboard = purchase new.
    Unless you can sweet talk MS into activating again. There is a reason the OEM version was cheap.

    Accept the motherboard limitations, or buy retail.


    so if i want to buy a new motherboard I have to pay full price for a retail copy of my operating system, i can't just rebuy an oem version?


    A new OEM version will work.
    But now you've probably spent more than getting the original retail version first.


    how would I go about setting up a new oem version with a new motherboard?
  6. Tiqii said:
    USAFRet said:
    Tiqii said:
    USAFRet said:
    OEM version + new motherboard = purchase new.
    Unless you can sweet talk MS into activating again. There is a reason the OEM version was cheap.

    Accept the motherboard limitations, or buy retail.


    so if i want to buy a new motherboard I have to pay full price for a retail copy of my operating system, i can't just rebuy an oem version?


    A new OEM version will work.
    But now you've probably spent more than getting the original retail version first.


    how would I go about setting up a new oem version with a new motherboard?


    Buy it
    Put the PC together
    Install
  7. USAFRet said:
    Tiqii said:
    USAFRet said:
    Tiqii said:
    USAFRet said:
    OEM version + new motherboard = purchase new.
    Unless you can sweet talk MS into activating again. There is a reason the OEM version was cheap.

    Accept the motherboard limitations, or buy retail.


    so if i want to buy a new motherboard I have to pay full price for a retail copy of my operating system, i can't just rebuy an oem version?


    A new OEM version will work.
    But now you've probably spent more than getting the original retail version first.


    how would I go about setting up a new oem version with a new motherboard?


    Buy it
    Put the PC together
    Install


    oh it comes as a disc? i was thinking you had to download it online..
  8. Tiqii said:


    oh it comes as a disc? i was thinking you had to download it online..


    Depends on where/how you get it. Some download, some on an actual disk.
    The price is pretty much the same.
  9. USAFRet said:
    Tiqii said:


    oh it comes as a disc? i was thinking you had to download it online..


    Depends on where/how you get it. Some download, some on an actual disk.
    The price is pretty much the same.


    alright, and while you're listening to my rookie questions I have one thats off topic of this thread- I currently have an overheating motherboard. It jumps around anywhere from 25c-100c. It's the only thing that overheats my computer, CPU, Graphics card, everything else is fine. Buying a new motherboard will fix the overheating of a motherboard in my computer correct?
  10. Tiqii said:
    USAFRet said:
    Tiqii said:


    oh it comes as a disc? i was thinking you had to download it online..


    Depends on where/how you get it. Some download, some on an actual disk.
    The price is pretty much the same.


    alright, and while you're listening to my rookie questions I have one thats off topic of this thread- I currently have an overheating motherboard. It jumps around anywhere from 25c-100c. It's the only thing that overheats my computer, CPU, Graphics card, everything else is fine. Buying a new motherboard will fix the overheating of a motherboard in my computer correct?


    Probably, but that may not be the actual problem. see my sig to the right: "Identify the problem before applying a solution".

    Why is the current motherboard apparently overheating?
    Bad airflow?
    Dust buildup?
    Dead fan?
    Dislodged heatsink?

    Yes, a new mb will probably fix it, but it might not.
    Why is it doing this?
  11. USAFRet said:
    Tiqii said:
    USAFRet said:
    Tiqii said:


    oh it comes as a disc? i was thinking you had to download it online..


    Depends on where/how you get it. Some download, some on an actual disk.
    The price is pretty much the same.


    alright, and while you're listening to my rookie questions I have one thats off topic of this thread- I currently have an overheating motherboard. It jumps around anywhere from 25c-100c. It's the only thing that overheats my computer, CPU, Graphics card, everything else is fine. Buying a new motherboard will fix the overheating of a motherboard in my computer correct?


    Probably, but that may not be the actual problem. see my sig to the right: "Identify the problem before applying a solution".

    Why is the current motherboard apparently overheating?
    Bad airflow?
    Dust buildup?
    Dead fan?
    Dislodged heatsink?

    Yes, a new mb will probably fix it, but it might not.
    Why is it doing this?


    Been doing it ever since I got my new case. Forgot to put on standoffs, PSU blew, motherboard does it now. 5 Running fans on my case, no dust in them, heatsink on cpu is properly placed. Think I just might of blew it when I messed up.

    Come to think of it, there is a giant fan on the side of my case. While the CPU fan is blowing air out, the side fan is blowing air in. Could that be trapping warm air?
  12. Been doing it ever since I got my new case. Forgot to put on standoffs, PSU blew, motherboard does it now.

    Then, yes. It would appear a new motherboard is warranted. Something on it is cooked from the previous "no standoff" power on and subsequent short circuit.
  13. I have never had a problem with OEM Windows that I purchased individually. I have reloaded this current windows 7 (that I am using this minute) several times already and it always authenticates in a few days.
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