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A question about OEM copies of windows 7

I just found out that ssd's usually die after 2-3 years. Im building a computer with a ssd boot drive. When that fails, can i reinstall my oem copy of windows 7 onto the new ssd? (provided I keep the same mobo)
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  1. Yes. The license is tied to the motherboard, not the drive.
  2. ibshortkid94 said:
    I just found out that ssd's usually die after 2-3 years. Im building a computer with a ssd boot drive. When that fails, can i reinstall my oem copy of windows 7 onto the new ssd? (provided I keep the same mobo)


    Usually Microsoft will allow the license to be changed to a different motherboard once. I've had personal experience with this and they seem to be pretty understanding on this note.
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    ibshortkid94 said:
    I just found out that ssd's usually die after 2-3 years. Im building a computer with a ssd boot drive. When that fails, can i reinstall my oem copy of windows 7 onto the new ssd? (provided I keep the same mobo)


    A SSD is likely to last longer than a hard drive. You should expect 10 years before the nand updates are used up under normal desktop usage.
    If you are experiencing 2-3 years, find a different brand.
    Intel has 3 and 5 year warranties depending on the model, as does Samsung

    You will have no problem with repetitive installs on the same motherboard witha OEM license.
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  5. 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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