Instaling Windows 7 OEM Tags: Hardware Windows 7 OEM Motherboards Last response: February 16, 2013 3:14 PM in Windows 7 Share vladistrelka February 16, 2013 9:38:50 AM Is Windows 7 OEM is bound to hardware (CPU and Motherboard) when it's instaled, so It will not activate (won't be genuine) if I will install on new hardware? I'm planning to buy new computer with OEM windows and later change this components: Motherboard, CPU, SSD, and RAM , using OEM Windows previously installed in first hardware. So will windows be activated/genuine? More about : instaling windows oem waltteri151 February 16, 2013 1:36:12 PM I haven't done too much research, but I think you can change 6 parts before it becomes used, But if you change your motherboard it will become useless... Don't know if this is 100% true but maybe someone can correct me MC_K7 a b $ Windows 7 a b V Motherboard February 16, 2013 1:48:21 PM waltteri151: I think the 6 parts thing was true for older versions of Windows. I think with 7 you can change an unlimited number of parts, EXCEPT for the motherboard. So I think you are right vladistrelka you won't be able to transfer the license if you activate. More explanations can be found here: http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=we... Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer casper1973 a b $ Windows 7 a b V Motherboard February 16, 2013 3:14:57 PM Yes, the OEM version gets tied to your hardware. I doubt it will activate again after changing so much hardware - but sometimes you get lucky. The retail version can be moved as long as its not installed on more than one machine at any given time. Personally, I wouldn't take the risk. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedShould I install the full retail version of Windows 8.1 on my Windows 7 OEM PC? Forum SolvedWindows 7 OEM re installable? Forum SolvedUpgrading my PC's Windows XP to Windows 7 ... do I need to use "OEM pre-installation tools"? Forum SolvedInstalling Windows 7 OEM Forum Solvedclosed out question by mistake how to format a drive to install windows 7 oem or systems builder disk Forum Solvedhow can i format my hard drive before i install a oem windows 7 Forum Solvedinstalling Windows 7 ultimate 62 bit OEM Forum SolvedInstalling OEM Windows 7 over Ubuntu Forum SolvedInstalled Windows 7 (OEM) onto HDD and MOBO, had to return MOBO, will I get a new product key? Forum SolvedBest way to deploy Windows 7 OEM installs to mixed batch of workstations???? Forum SolvedInstalling Windows 7 OEM Home Premium Forum Solvedpreinstalled windows vista home premim 32x. did a custom install with windows 7 pro oem. 32x. For some reason it did a dual bo Forum SolvedCan my copy of Windows 7 OEM be installed on another computer? Forum SolvedRe-installing Windows 7 OEM Forum Solvedcan I install windows 7 OEM on a macbook air Forum SolvedWindows 7 OEM license on Retail DVD install Forum Solvedinstall windows 7 oem on top of win 8 upgrade??? Forum SolvedHow do I install Windows 7 OEM on my XP machine. Forum SolvedMistaken Install Windows 7 Pro 64 Bit OEM Forum SolvedNew install of windows 7 OEM is slightly different to old windows 7 OEM Forum More resources Read discussions in other Windows 7 categories Configuration Customization Drivers Security Laptops !