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SSD upgrade and win7 OEM

Last response: in Storage
August 2, 2012 8:47:12 PM

Hey guys!

So I have this new build and I really wanted to get an SSD boot drive, but it didn't fit into my budget. So, I'll just be using an HDD to load my operating system.

Naturally, I bought Win7 OEM version, and I know it's tied to the motherboard in my machine. But I've heard it can be more finicky than that.

In the future I would like to add an SSD to my build (hopefully they keep going down in price!), but I'm worried Microsoft won't let me use the same key I loaded onto my HDD.

Does anyone know if I'll run into problems? Or can you upgrade from an HDD to an SSD and reinstall Win7 OEM just fine?


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a c 523 G Storage
August 2, 2012 9:13:14 PM
August 2, 2012 9:33:32 PM

Thanks, and next time I'll practice my forum searching abilities before asking!
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August 2, 2012 9:33:38 PM

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a c 180 G Storage
August 2, 2012 9:35:08 PM

Your copy of Windows is locked to the PC on which you purchased it. You cannot transfer that license to another PC.
You can upgrade any components or peripherals on your PC and keep your license intact. You can replace the motherboard with an identical model or an equivalent model from the OEM if it fails. However, if you personally replace or upgrade the motherboard, your OEM Windows license is null and void.