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Quick question regarding a system upgrade and Windows.

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December 8, 2013 11:44:27 AM

Okay, so right now I have a Gigabyte m68mt-s2p mobo and an AMD FX-4100. Two horrible pieces of hardware. So, I'm going to be upgrading to an ASUS M5A99FX Pro R2.0 mobo and an AMD AMD FX-8320. The issue is that I cannot find my physical copy of Windows 7 anywhere (moved cross country recently, believe it was lost in the process). Am I going to be able to complete this hardware upgrade without reinstalling a fresh copy of Windows? If so, what steps would I need to take? Or am I screwed and just have to go and buy a new physical copy?

Also, my copy of Windows is not OEM. It is not tied to my current motherboard.
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December 8, 2013 11:51:51 AM

You will have to reinstall windows, or at the very least reactivate it which will need your product key. If you have the product key you are fine.
December 8, 2013 12:05:35 PM

I have the product key. Won't the new BIOS mess with the current installation of Windows and/or prevent it from working?
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December 8, 2013 12:24:17 PM
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Yes, you will need to most likely reinstall it. SOMETIMES (not frequently) you can get lucky. Chances are, you won't.
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December 8, 2013 12:25:45 PM

The drivers may but not the bios. You can download windows 7 from microsoft.
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