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How can I upgrade my motherboard without reinstalling windows?

My friend built me a computer a year ago and since then he's kept my windows disk but lost the windows key.how could I upgrade my computer without reinstalling windows 7? Or a way that doesn't use the cd key. That's my only issue that I know of. But there's one last problem. He builds computers for a living and the windows disk he gave me might not be the exact windows disk he used for my computer. Will this effect me at all? Thanks!
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  1. if he builds computers for a living he should be able to give you a valid disc with authorization code. did you get a receipt? does it itemize the components? are one of those components an operating system? if so, go get your property!
  2. If all else fails you could try calling microsoft and explaining the situation. I doubt it's the first time they've dealt with the issue, and if you can provide some sort of proof of purchae/rma/etc. all the better.
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    The only thing that actually matters is the activation key. A Windows 7 ISO can be downloaded, legally, and burned to a dvd. Install and use a valid key to activate.

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    My friend built me a computer a year ago and since then he's kept my windows disk but lost the windows key.


    This sounds all kinds of 'not legit'.
    If he does this 'for a living', he should be able to easily retrieve the key for any Windows installation he's ever done.
  4. You can find your existing key using Keyfinder

    http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/
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