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Upgrading my PC and OS

I'm on the verge of upgrading my computer and just ordered new ram, motherboard, and processor. I had a question regarding my OS, on my current setup I'm running vista, when I install my new motherboard and processor will I also have to buy/install a new OS as well? Will I be able to install all the new hardware and turn my computer on and do all the functions normally, or will I have to go through a process of installing a new OS and having everything wiped?

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  1. ND505 said:
    I had a question regarding my OS, on my current setup I'm running vista, when I install my new motherboard and processor will I also have to buy/install a new OS as well? Will I be able to install all the new hardware and turn my computer on and do all the functions normally, or will I have to go through a process of installing a new OS and having everything wiped?

    Thanks!

    Hi ND505,

    It is recommended that u do a clean install. It may work OK or it may not.

    What OS do u have OEM or retail?

    At worst u can buy Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM @ $99.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
  2. I currently have Vista, so upgrading and putting Windows 7 would probably be the better choice anyways, even if Vista does work after the new hardware is in. I got vista with my computer when I bought it a number of years ago, and got the discs with it.
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    If u replace mobo and CPU, u need to activate Vista again.

    So if u don't have a retail Vista version, the old Vista will not activate, because it is OEM, that means to get a new OS, so it is easy to get the W7 OEM for $99.99

    Bottom line is, if u will have to purchase a new OS, just get W7.

    I got vista with my computer when I bought it a number of years ago, and got the discs with it.

    U have OEM, so u need to get a new Windows.
  4. Generally you only can have the OS installed on 1 computer at a time. So if you move your Vista install over to the the new system, you would normally remove it from the old computer, but if it's OEM version, it's only good for the system that you put it on (under normal situations). You would be better off just getting Windows 7 and installing it on the new system, IMHO.
  5. Sounds good, thanks for the useful input!
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  7. Thanks for the vote : )
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