Getting a new 7950 and doing a fresh install. Do I need another CD key?

Okay so I just sold my old gpu and am currently running off hd 4000. When I get my new 7950 in I'm going to format my hardrive and install windows again with linux and ios when I manage to buy it. Do I need a new Cd key?
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    Retail License , change anything.OEM 7 anything but motherboard.

    No , only if you change the 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 ^

    OEM vs. Retail

    OEM Windows 7 comes preinstalled on computers. This is the cheapest way to buy windows. Large PC manufacturers like Dell, HP etc. (collectively called royalty OEMs) install windows on millions of such PCs. The main characteristics of such systems are:

    The license agreement and support agreement is between you and the PC maker, not MS.

    Activation by the end user is not required. Windows is preactivated at the factory by the OEM using images and standard SLP keys.

    Your copy of windows is locked to that PC. The license is not transferable.

    OEM system builder is what you get when you buy from say Newegg or from a local "white box" vendor. It too has the characteristics of Royalty OEM windows. Although it is possible for an individual to buy a System Builder copy, the license requires that the software be installed using the OPK (OEM preinstall kit) and then resold.

    Retail version is what you buy from a retailer like Amazon or Bestbuy. Its a full price version that comes packaged in a retail box with a retail product key. It has to be activated online via MS servers using the key on the box, it is not tied to the PC it was first installed on, though it can only be used on a single computer at a time. And, MS directly provides the support for it. It is also more expensive than OEM copies.

    As far as functionality is concerned, theres no difference between any of the versions above, given any specific edition (i.e. between OEM pro and retail pro, or between OEM ultimate and retail ultimate).

    Windows 8 OEM is a whole different ballgame.

    License agreement for the transfer of a Windows 8 license
  2. O okay. Also I know how to duel boot linux and windows and how to do the same with windows and ios but can I do a tripple boot?
  3. ios needs certain hardware.
  4. Yes I know I belive my hardware would fit. I just dont know how to set up all 3 OS windows 7, linux ,and mountain lion if I get around to buying it.
  5. Okay thanks. It looks like I will have to install Mac os first so I probably wont get to do a triple boot anytime soon. I'll just settle for linux and windows.
  6. Sounds good.
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