Am almost done with building my computer and im just wondering if i need to buy windows 7 because my friend did when he built his computer. im changing everything except hard drive and dvd player thing. do i need to buy windows 7? what part of the computer handles it?
With every new motherboard, you will need a new Disc of Windows. Windows installations are usually bound to whatever motherboard/hardware you used to install it with, with the few exceptions such as CPU, GPU, RAM upgrades.
Hang on a second there. I've replaced pretty much every part of my PC, mobo included, without having to buy a new copy of Windows. I simply activated it online again. Your product key is only bound to the system if you have an OEM copy of Windows. The full retail license can be reactivated without having to reinstall or getting a new product code.
shadow2895, do you have an existing version of Windows? If so, is it fully legal, and which version is it?
i didn't get it in a box or anything. it was already in my computer. windows 7 was already in my computer. again i don't have a disc or anything.
In that case, the licence will probably not be transferable to a new PC. Getting a disc is not hard; the licence is not tied to the disc so you can easily borrow one. There are also sites where official .ISO's are available for download. The tricky thing is obtaining the licence, and for that it may be best to just buy a new copy of Windows.