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Replacing MoBo, re-install OS or not?

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August 17, 2013 3:25:34 AM

Hi guys!

Getting a new board! Replacing my GA-970A-D3 with a GA-990FXA-UD3, so i can upgrade CPU aswell. Do i really need to re-install my OS? And if i do, will i be able to use my USB to re-install with, or does it need to be a CD?

Thanks in advance!

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a c 82 V Motherboard
August 17, 2013 3:32:07 AM

odds are with a new chipset, your windows will bluescreen trying to start up and you'll have to reinstall. If you have a USB key with windows on it, you can use that no problem.
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a b V Motherboard
August 17, 2013 3:40:45 AM

You wont be able to run the OS with your new board. And yes, you can use your USB, to re-install your OS with! :) 
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August 17, 2013 3:42:08 AM

Thank you guys, appreciate your help.
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a b V Motherboard
August 17, 2013 3:43:44 AM

If you have the OEM version of the Operating System, then you would need to buy a new copy of Windows to make it work with it.

The OEM Version allow only One OS per motherboard. The OS is tied to the motherboard. So for upgrading the Motherboard, you would need a new copy of the OS.

A post from another thread explains this very well.

sonexpc said:
Original Link :
http://www.microsoft.com/oem/en/licensing/sblicensing/p...

Q. Can a PC with an OEM Windows operating system have its motherboard upgraded and keep the same license? What if it was replaced because it was defective?

A. Generally, an end user can upgrade or replace all of the hardware components on a computer—except the motherboard—and still retain the license for the original Microsoft OEM operating system software. If the motherboard is upgraded or replaced for reasons other than a defect, then a new computer has been created. Microsoft OEM operating system software cannot be transferred to the new computer, and the license of new operating system software is required. If the motherboard is replaced because it is defective, you do not need to acquire a new operating system license for the PC as long as the replacement motherboard is the same make/model or the same manufacturer's replacement/equivalent, as defined by the manufacturer's warranty.

The reason for this licensing rule primarily relates to the End User Software License Terms and the support of the software covered by that End User Software License Terms. The End User Software License Terms is a set of usage rights granted to the end user by the PC manufacturer and relates only to rights for that software as installed on that particular PC. The system builder is required to support the software on the original PC. Understanding that end users, over time, upgrade their PCs with different components, Microsoft needed to have one base component "left standing" that would still define the original PC. Since the motherboard contains the CPU and is the "heart and soul" of the PC, when the motherboard is replaced (for reasons other than defect) a new PC is essentially created. The original system builder did not manufacture this new PC, and therefore cannot be expected to support it.


Link to the thread this post is reffering to : http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/36804-63-changing-mot...

You should read this thread. It might help and ignore the 2nd post of that thread. It is incorrect information.
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