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December 31, 2012 10:15:26 PM

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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December 31, 2012 10:20:26 PM

Yes you can reinstall your copy of windows on a new pc
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December 31, 2012 10:20:44 PM

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 :) 
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December 31, 2012 10:21:21 PM

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 :) 
December 31, 2012 10:23:08 PM

Weird. I was able to do it last month. and 6 months before that.
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December 31, 2012 10:24:46 PM

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 :) 
December 31, 2012 10:26:29 PM

Yep twice. legally. i must be a special case.
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December 31, 2012 10:27:34 PM

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 :) 
December 31, 2012 10:28:54 PM

It will most definitely be a new Mobo, so that pose a dilemma in the future I guess.
December 31, 2012 10:28:55 PM

No I had to call both times. Explained my situation and they give me activation code. no money changed hands
December 31, 2012 10:29:44 PM

first of all is it an oem copy or a full copy
December 31, 2012 10:32:19 PM

I'm pretty sure its retail.
December 31, 2012 10:35:27 PM

then you will have no problem reinstalling on a different pc but the licence will transfer over to the new motherboard
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December 31, 2012 10:36:41 PM

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 :) 
December 31, 2012 10:38:45 PM

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.
December 31, 2012 10:39:21 PM

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
December 31, 2012 10:42:05 PM

Never-mind its OEM, now where does this leave me?
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December 31, 2012 10:45:24 PM

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).
December 31, 2012 10:55:53 PM

So, I'll need a brand new windows 7 disc when I decide to upgrade...
December 31, 2012 11:02:59 PM

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
December 31, 2012 11:06:09 PM

What's the point in buying OEM instead of retail then?
December 31, 2012 11:07:55 PM

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.
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December 31, 2012 11:52:01 PM

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 :) 
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December 31, 2012 11:57:16 PM

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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