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March 8, 2011 9:39:08 PM

I want to reuse my current HD with a OEM copy of windows 7 (compaq) on a computer that i am planning to build. I want to use a MSI mobo, and i understand that the HD is tied to the mobo most of the time. What can i do to reuse the HD and Windows 7 WITHOUT :pt1cable:  REINSTALLING?
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March 8, 2011 10:11:04 PM

Technically, the OEM license is tied to the original mobo and using with another install is a violation of the license. However, MS is usually pretty good with allowing you to reuse your OEM license as long as you only use once. The only legal thing you can do is to move the HDD into the new config and then re-activate the software. You will likely have to use the manual method (call MS, the info will be provided).

Good luck!
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March 9, 2011 5:02:35 AM

Set boot.ini to boot in safe mode via msconfig, then uninstalled my mobo and processor. Popped the new one in, and booted it up and it auto-detected the new mobo without any problems.
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March 9, 2011 10:40:08 AM

maryparker said:
Set boot.ini to boot in safe mode via msconfig, then uninstalled my mobo and processor. Popped the new one in, and booted it up and it auto-detected the new mobo without any problems.
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This will likely require you to re-activate as previously indicated. Good luck!
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March 9, 2011 6:34:46 PM

COLGeek said:
Technically, the OEM license is tied to the original mobo and using with another install is a violation of the license. However, MS is usually pretty good with allowing you to reuse your OEM license as long as you only use once. The only legal thing you can do is to move the HDD into the new config and then re-activate the software. You will likely have to use the manual method (call MS, the info will be provided).

Good luck!


Ok, since I usually need very precise instructions (sorry if im a noob) but let me get this all straight. I have to move the HDD to the new computer, then i turn on the computer and THEN call microsoft to re-activate it? Also, will i lose my files ,games and such? (Reinstalling EVERYTHING is a pain, i've had to do it twice already)
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March 9, 2011 6:42:00 PM

TyphX said:
Ok, since I usually need very precise instructions (sorry if im a noob) but let me get this all straight. I have to move the HDD to the new computer, then i turn on the computer and THEN call microsoft to re-activate it? Also, will i lose my files ,games and such? (Reinstalling EVERYTHING is a pain, i've had to do it twice already)

You shouldn't lose anything, but I would backup key files, just in case (this is a good thing to do regardless). Yes, move your HDD into the new config, then reboot the system. If all goes well, Win 7 will detect the changes in hardware and then force you to re-activate once booted.

What make and model of motherboard are you currently using and plan on using?
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March 9, 2011 9:01:51 PM

COLGeek said:
You shouldn't lose anything, but I would backup key files, just in case (this is a good thing to do regardless). Yes, move your HDD into the new config, then reboot the system. If all goes well, Win 7 will detect the changes in hardware and then force you to re-activate once booted.

What make and model of motherboard are you currently using and plan on using?


KK thanks: this is the mobo i'm using, due to budget constraints:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 9, 2011 10:28:46 PM

TyphX said:
KK thanks: this is the mobo i'm using, due to budget constraints:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Not a bad mobo. What are you using now? The more similar systems are, when you move them as you are, the better it usually goes. For example, if your current system is AMD based and uses a Nvidia chipset it should be a smoother transition.
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March 10, 2011 6:31:50 PM

COLGeek said:
Not a bad mobo. What are you using now? The more similar systems are, when you move them as you are, the better it usually goes. For example, if your current system is AMD based and uses a Nvidia chipset it should be a smoother transition.


My current mobo is a Pegatron (which i understand is a OEM ASUS division) NARRA 5, and it does have a Nvidia chipset and a AM2+ slot, so i think it will work, and also, will re liscensing windows cost anything?
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March 10, 2011 7:18:35 PM

TyphX said:
My current mobo is a Pegatron (which i understand is a OEM ASUS division) NARRA 5, and it does have a Nvidia chipset and a AM2+ slot, so i think it will work, and also, will re liscensing windows cost anything?

You should be fine, at worst, you'll have to re-activate the manual way. Not a big deal (and you should not have to buy a new license).
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March 10, 2011 10:39:05 PM

COLGeek said:
You should be fine, at worst, you'll have to re-activate the manual way. Not a big deal (and you should not have to buy a new license).


Thanks, if there's anything else i should know tell me within the next 2 days, cause i'm gonna close this soon, thanks for the help!
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a c 253 $ Windows 7
March 10, 2011 11:17:24 PM

TyphX said:
Thanks, if there's anything else i should know tell me within the next 2 days, cause i'm gonna close this soon, thanks for the help!

I think you will be fine. Good luck!
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March 18, 2011 6:46:32 PM

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