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August 25, 2012 12:34:49 PM

I am thinking of upgrading my motherboard. I have a OEM windows 7 home. I have 2 questions.

1. How do you reinstall windows OEM on a different motherboard?

2. Will my programs be usable after reinstall of windows?

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August 25, 2012 12:40:26 PM

Sift through this first!
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/51259-47-windows
If you change your motherboard you will almost certainly need to clean install Windows and re-install your Programs. As for re-activating, the above thread will tell you almost all you need to know about OEM...
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August 25, 2012 12:40:26 PM

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August 25, 2012 12:53:07 PM

Two more questions . If I buy the retail version of windows, can I change the motherboard without having to reinstall? Also if Microsoft gives you a new activation code, will all the programs stay?
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August 25, 2012 1:58:04 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.
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August 25, 2012 1:58:20 PM

If I buy the retail version of windows, can I change the motherboard without having to reinstall? No
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August 25, 2012 1:59:39 PM

OEM versions of Windows 7 are identical to Full License Retail versions except for the following:

- OEM versions do not offer any free Microsoft direct support from Microsoft support personnel

- OEM licenses are tied to the very first computer you install and activate it on

- OEM versions allow all hardware upgrades except for an upgrade to a different model motherboard

- OEM versions cannot be used to directly upgrade from an older Windows operating system


Microsoft.com ^
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August 25, 2012 2:56:24 PM

halomaster1239 said:
Two more questions . If I buy the retail version of windows, can I change the motherboard without having to reinstall? Also if Microsoft gives you a new activation code, will all the programs stay?


Clean install is recommended purely as it gives rise to less conflicts and hassles caused by old drivers. Once installed, Windows needs to be activated, hence the need for a new key. Activation does not affect installed programs. Activation has to be completed within 30 days of installation.
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August 25, 2012 3:31:57 PM

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August 25, 2012 3:31:58 PM

1. How do you reinstall windows OEM on a different motherboard? You can't because your license is no longer valid.
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