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Changed Motherboard, re-installing Windows 7

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October 21, 2013 3:34:01 PM

Hi all,
I have just fitted a new motherboard and CPU into my computer staying with all the other components. Anyway Windows 7 will now no longer boot due to the mobo changing. I don't want to loose all my files and programs so a fresh install is not an option. I have 2 spare hard drives and if possable like i'd Windows 7 on the same hard drive as before. I have installed Windows 7 on one of the spare hard drives and all is working fine.
Since I have changed mobo is ther a specific file I can copy across to make it work?
What is the best option in this situation?
Many thanks,
Jake

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October 21, 2013 3:50:02 PM

Reinstall is the only option when changing hardware in that fashion. You also have to take the license into account. If you have an OEM copy you cannot change the motherboard and reuse the activation, you'll require a new license. Only if you have a retail copy can you transfer.
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October 21, 2013 4:16:21 PM

ex_bubblehead said:
Reinstall is the only option when changing hardware in that fashion. You also have to take the license into account. If you have an OEM copy you cannot change the motherboard and reuse the activation, you'll require a new license. Only if you have a retail copy can you transfer.


Hmm ok...well thanks man! :) 
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