Re-using Windows 7

Hey everyone, *I have 0 experience installing windows.

I’m looking to completely restore my computer, wiping it blank and re-installing my old disc of Windows 7 in hopes of reorganizing it and getting a slight performance increase.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I've heard that you’re free to re-install the same disc of windows as many times as you wish relying on the fact that it’s the same machine.

Here’s where my question comes in, 6 months from now when I plane on changing out the motherboard along with some other new parts, will my PC still be recognized by the windows disc as the same machine? Will I have to buy a new OS for the "New Machine?"
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  1. Yes you can reinstall your copy of windows on a new pc
  2. Hi :)

    It depends if its the SAME motherboard exactly you put in...

    If not you will have to talk to Microsoft Activation line and they MAY or MAY not allow you to reactivate...

    All the best Brett :)
  3. str8cuse said:
    Yes you can reinstall your copy of windows on a new pc



    Hi :)

    Sorry but that's NOT true...

    All the best Brett :)
  4. Weird. I was able to do it last month. and 6 months before that.
  5. str8cuse said:
    Weird. I was able to do it last month. and 6 months before that.


    Hi :)

    Not on a PC with a different motherboard you didn't... and even if you somehow managed it, it doesn't make it legal...

    All the best Brett :)
  6. Yep twice. legally. i must be a special case.
  7. str8cuse said:
    Yep twice. legally. i must be a special case.


    Hi :)

    They just activated WITHOUT you speaking to MS ???

    Twice in 6 months ?

    All the best Brett :)
  8. It will most definitely be a new Mobo, so that pose a dilemma in the future I guess.
  9. No I had to call both times. Explained my situation and they give me activation code. no money changed hands
  10. first of all is it an oem copy or a full copy
  11. I'm pretty sure its retail.
  12. then you will have no problem reinstalling on a different pc but the licence will transfer over to the new motherboard
  13. soberllama said:
    I'm pretty sure its retail.



    Hi :)

    It will SAY on the COA sticker which it is, and I doubt its retail ,unless YOU personally bought it...

    All the best Brett :)
  14. crossfiresli160 said:
    then you will have no problem reinstalling on a different pc but the licence will transfer over to the new motherboard


    Okay, thanks.
  15. As long as its a retail copy u should b able to do it, sure u might have to call but that's not a big deal
  16. Never-mind its OEM, now where does this leave me?
  17. It leaves you in need of a new licence for your new motherboard as the existing one will only activate on the rig it was originally activated on (your current rig).
  18. So, I'll need a brand new windows 7 disc when I decide to upgrade...
  19. yes unless you keep the same motherboard if not you need to but a full retail copy because on oem the licence sticks to the motherboard
  20. What's the point in buying OEM instead of retail then?
  21. windows 7 home edition is like $80. If you want to save a little you can install the disk you have and upgrade to windows 8 pro while the promotion is still going on.
  22. watch this video www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjuBKh6uuRI about win 7 licencing
  23. soberllama said:
    What's the point in buying OEM instead of retail then?


    Hi :)

    OEM is for people like me who BUILD machines in our shops....

    It was NEVER intended for retail customers.... its intended (being cheaper) to allow people like me to make a small profit...

    All the best Brett :)
  24. soberllama said:
    What's the point in buying OEM instead of retail then?


    Go HERE and all will be answered. (Don't worry, its a Tom's Hardware link :) )

    There are pros and cons to both. Read up on it using the link above and it will help you out :)
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