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Are the discs required to reactive OEM on new motherboard?

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July 5, 2013 2:06:26 AM

Let's say hypothetically my original motherboard died which was tied to my OEM copy of windows 7. I then replace it with an entirely different, new motherboard. If I want to reactivate my original OEM win7 copy on my new motherboard, is it possible to do so without the installation discs? I don't see how it would be possible because don't you need the discs to at least prompt you to reactivate your operating system? Obviously the motherboard can't do this so some sort of software is needed to initiate the reactivation process correct?

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a c 478 V Motherboard
July 5, 2013 2:15:02 AM

If your rig posts fine into windows without needing to reinstall windows. Windows will tell you that hardware change and that you need to re register your copy of windows. All you do is call Microsoft support and there give you another activation key. you may have to use a hirem boot cd or use safe mode to get in and remove the older mb drivers or copy your data off the hard drive and do a Clean install of windows.
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July 5, 2013 2:23:57 AM

smorizio said:
If your rig posts fine into windows without needing to reinstall windows. Windows will tell you that hardware change and that you need to re register your copy of windows. All you do is call Microsoft support and there give you another activation key. you may have to use a hirem boot cd or use safe mode to get in and remove the older mb drivers or copy your data off the hard drive and do a Clean install of windows.


Okay let's say that works, but what if I first wipe that drive completely? Is there a way to get the win7 reactivation prompt without the discs?
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a c 478 V Motherboard
July 5, 2013 2:30:07 AM

The prOmpt will show up after install of windows on the first boot up. After that you have 30 days to call Microsoft before your locked out. If you still have the Oem number or case but the disk is bad or gone there are legal sites you can download windows Iso. If you lost the disks and Oem number you have to buy a new disk.
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July 5, 2013 2:40:32 AM

OEM licence is tied to the motherboard, you may replace it with an identical model or if changed by OEM due to end of life, M$ will activate, but not for people upgrading, but nobody in their right mind would own up to that. ;) 
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July 5, 2013 2:44:03 AM

smorizio said:
The prOmpt will show up after install of windows on the first boot up. After that you have 30 days to call Microsoft before your locked out. If you still have the Oem number or case but the disk is bad or gone there are legal sites you can download windows Iso. If you lost the disks and Oem number you have to buy a new disk.


Okay thanks. I'm thinking it will post fine, but if not I'll download it like you suggested if needed.
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