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Will I Need A New Product Key?

Iam switching out my motherboard for a newer more robust model, my biggest concern is the OS, I use Win 7 pro 64bit. Will i need to get a new copy of windows? or will i have to do a clean re install? OR can i use a different windows 7 pro 64bit serial key? with the os and all my stuff already installed.
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  1. You will probably be able to get away with using the original product key - you'll probably just have to activate over the phone rather than the internet.
  2. Per the License agreement, you'd need a new license, but if you call into Microsoft to re-activate using the old license, they're fairly lenient about letting you re-use your current license.

    Swapping out the motherboard will likely require a fresh installation of the OS/programs.

    -Wolf sends
  3. ThatVietGuy said:
    You will probably be able to get away with using the original product key - you'll probably just have to activate over the phone rather than the internet.


    Thanks for your reply :)
    but how sure are you? i am going to purchase the motherboard tommorow :S and i really dont want to buy another OS, they are VERY overpriced.
  4. Robertwhyte said:
    ThatVietGuy said:
    You will probably be able to get away with using the original product key - you'll probably just have to activate over the phone rather than the internet.


    Thanks for your reply :)
    but how sure are you? i am going to purchase the motherboard tommorow :S and i really dont want to buy another OS, they are VERY overpriced.


    That's the way it works. MS is the final arbiter of the license validity.
    Either it activates or it doesn't. You may have to go through the phone robot to activate.

    As far as 'overpriced'? There is always Linux.
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    Robertwhyte said:
    ThatVietGuy said:
    You will probably be able to get away with using the original product key - you'll probably just have to activate over the phone rather than the internet.


    Thanks for your reply :)
    but how sure are you? i am going to purchase the motherboard tommorow :S and i really dont want to buy another OS, they are VERY overpriced.


    100%.

    I've done it with my own copy of W7 multiple times.
  6. Wolfshadw said:
    Per the License agreement, you'd need a new license, but if you call into Microsoft to re-activate using the old license, they're fairly lenient about letting you re-use your current license.

    Swapping out the motherboard will likely require a fresh installation of the OS/programs.

    -Wolf sends


    so when i format my c drive and do a fresh install, will i have to phone microsoft before? or after i have installed windows? because im concerned about entering the product key before installation and i get a message like "this licence is registered with another system" or "you have violated the user agreement" preventing me from installing windows, which would mean switching my motherboard back and then claiming a windows licence through illegal means (which i really dont want to do) i paid nearly 70 pounds for this OS just over 3 months ago :/
  7. Robertwhyte said:
    Wolfshadw said:
    Per the License agreement, you'd need a new license, but if you call into Microsoft to re-activate using the old license, they're fairly lenient about letting you re-use your current license.

    Swapping out the motherboard will likely require a fresh installation of the OS/programs.

    -Wolf sends


    so when i format my c drive and do a fresh install, will i have to phone microsoft before? or after i have installed windows? because im concerned about entering the product key before installation and i get a message like "this licence is registered with another system" or "you have violated the user agreement" preventing me from installing windows, which would mean switching my motherboard back and then claiming a windows licence through illegal means (which i really dont want to do) i paid nearly 70 pounds for this OS just over 3 months ago :/


    After.

    Do the install
    Enter the key
    Either it activates or it doesn't
    If it doesn't, it should present you with a phone number to activate over the phone.
    Do that. You punch in a long sting of numbers, and it reads a long string back for you to enter.
    If THAT fails (and it shouldn't), it should present you with a phone number to talk to a human.
  8. USAFRet said:
    Robertwhyte said:
    Wolfshadw said:
    Per the License agreement, you'd need a new license, but if you call into Microsoft to re-activate using the old license, they're fairly lenient about letting you re-use your current license.

    Swapping out the motherboard will likely require a fresh installation of the OS/programs.

    -Wolf sends


    so when i format my c drive and do a fresh install, will i have to phone microsoft before? or after i have installed windows? because im concerned about entering the product key before installation and i get a message like "this licence is registered with another system" or "you have violated the user agreement" preventing me from installing windows, which would mean switching my motherboard back and then claiming a windows licence through illegal means (which i really dont want to do) i paid nearly 70 pounds for this OS just over 3 months ago :/


    After.

    Do the install
    Enter the key
    Either it activates or it doesn't
    If it doesn't, it should present you with a phone number to activate over the phone.
    Do that. You punch in a long sting of numbers, and it reads a long string back for you to enter.
    If THAT fails (and it shouldn't), it should present you with a phone number to talk to a human.


    Thank you freind :) this is very reassuring! its a pity i cant pick multiple solutions :/ . thanks
  9. Robertwhyte said:


    Thank you freind :) this is very reassuring! its a pity i cant pick multiple solutions :/ . thanks


    No prob. I've had to do it several times. Takes about 5 mins.
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