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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.
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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

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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