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How can I upgrade my motherboard without reinstalling windows?

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October 11, 2013 6:11:31 PM

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!
a b V Motherboard
October 11, 2013 6:21:16 PM

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!
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October 11, 2013 6:31:19 PM

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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a c 224 V Motherboard
October 11, 2013 6:32:02 PM

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.
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