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New Hardware and windows validation

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  • I was just wondering, I am going to be buying a new motherboard and just moving all peripherals to the new board, i.e hdd's processor, ram etc. I believe this will render my current Microsoft windows software invalid, what will i need to do in order to keep my Windows genuine and not buy a new copy of Windows, or will i be fine?
    Monday, July 11, 2011 11:50 PM

Answers

  • If you have an OEM version of Windows 7 it can not be moved (installed and activated) to the new motherboard as it is tied to the first computer / motherboard it is installed on.

    If you have a "Full" retail version of Windows 7 then all you need to do is install and activate by phone as the product key was already activated using the old motherboard.

    If you have an "Upgrade" version of Windows 7, you must also have a licensed version (non OEM) of Vista or Windows XP before you can reinstall Windows 7 (it helps if you preinstall XP or Vista before upgrading).

    How to activate Windows 7 or Vista manually (activate by phone)
    1) Click Start, and in the Search box type:   slui.exe  4
    2) Next press the 'ENTER' key
    3) Select your 'Country' from the list.
    4) Choose the 'Phone Activation' option.
    5) Stay on the phone (do not select/press any options) and wait for a person to help you with activation.
    6) Explain your problem clearly to the support person.
    7) The support person should give you a confirmation ID, copy it down on paper,
    8) Verify the ID is correct by reading back to the support person.
    9) Enter the ID number and click 'Next' to finish the activation process.

    ----------------------------  Alternatives -------------------------------------

    Microsoft Activation Centers Worldwide Telephone Numbers:
    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/existing-customers/activation-centers.aspx
    (This site is for Volume License Activation but if you call they will help you)

    The phone number you called does not work:
    Microsoft Wordwide contacts: http://www.microsoft.com/worldwide/default.aspx

    Activation and registration of a Microsoft product
    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=326851
    Windows activation: (888) 571-2048


    J W Stuart: http://www.pagestart.com

     


    Never be afraid to ask. This forum has some of the best people in the world available to help.
    • Marked as answer by blaquee Tuesday, July 12, 2011 12:36 AM
    Tuesday, July 12, 2011 12:25 AM

All replies

  • If you have an OEM version of Windows 7 it can not be moved (installed and activated) to the new motherboard as it is tied to the first computer / motherboard it is installed on.

    If you have a "Full" retail version of Windows 7 then all you need to do is install and activate by phone as the product key was already activated using the old motherboard.

    If you have an "Upgrade" version of Windows 7, you must also have a licensed version (non OEM) of Vista or Windows XP before you can reinstall Windows 7 (it helps if you preinstall XP or Vista before upgrading).

    How to activate Windows 7 or Vista manually (activate by phone)
    1) Click Start, and in the Search box type:   slui.exe  4
    2) Next press the 'ENTER' key
    3) Select your 'Country' from the list.
    4) Choose the 'Phone Activation' option.
    5) Stay on the phone (do not select/press any options) and wait for a person to help you with activation.
    6) Explain your problem clearly to the support person.
    7) The support person should give you a confirmation ID, copy it down on paper,
    8) Verify the ID is correct by reading back to the support person.
    9) Enter the ID number and click 'Next' to finish the activation process.

    ----------------------------  Alternatives -------------------------------------

    Microsoft Activation Centers Worldwide Telephone Numbers:
    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/existing-customers/activation-centers.aspx
    (This site is for Volume License Activation but if you call they will help you)

    The phone number you called does not work:
    Microsoft Wordwide contacts: http://www.microsoft.com/worldwide/default.aspx

    Activation and registration of a Microsoft product
    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=326851
    Windows activation: (888) 571-2048


    J W Stuart: http://www.pagestart.com

     


    Never be afraid to ask. This forum has some of the best people in the world available to help.
    • Marked as answer by blaquee Tuesday, July 12, 2011 12:36 AM
    Tuesday, July 12, 2011 12:25 AM
  • Thank you, I have a retail copy i believe so im just a phone call away. thanks for the swift response.
    Life is like a box of chocolates, you always know what you're gonna get.. CHOCOLATE!
    Tuesday, July 12, 2011 12:35 AM
  • You're welcome

     

    J W Stuart: http://www.pagestart.com


    Never be afraid to ask. This forum has some of the best people in the world available to help.
    Tuesday, July 12, 2011 1:00 AM
  • You will be fine to activate your Windows 7 if your Windows 7 was a Retail product.

    If you have a OEM version of Windows 7, you may not able to activate your Windows 7 copy once you change your mother board.

    You may contact the Microsoft help desk support for further information via email or phone in your country.


    Nova C. Altesse, BBA, MCTS
    Tuesday, July 12, 2011 5:42 AM
  • What happens if my motherboard dies on a system installed with the OEM version? What can I do then?

    • Edited by PA Systems Tuesday, May 07, 2013 1:18 PM
    Tuesday, May 07, 2013 1:17 PM
  • You have two options.

    1) Purchase the direct replacement motherboard from the original system manufacturer - this maintains the Windows license.

    2) Purchase a new motherboard elsewhere, and a new Windows license.


    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    No - I do not work for Microsoft, or any of its contractors.

    Wednesday, May 08, 2013 6:33 AM
  • I'd like to know if a Microsoft representative or technician can speak on this issue. Your suggestions are non-starters.

    1)The motherboard is no longer available from the manufacturer or the system builder.

    2)This is an outright ripoff. The mere possession and purchase of an OS license should not be wholly dependent upon this important piece of hardware, the system board.

    Any answers from Microsoft people?

    Wednesday, May 08, 2013 10:49 AM
  • When you purchase an computer with the OS pre-installed, the cost of the license is dramatically lower than you'd pay for it in the shops - and includes restrictions.

    One of those restrictions is that the license only remains valid when used on the same motherboard. If you'd read the license at the time of first use (and which you agreed to by continuing the installation), then you'd have read that the use is restricted to use on the computer with which the OS shipped. MS's long-stated position is that the motherboard constitutes the 'definition' of a PC - see here...

     From http://www.microsoft.com/OEM/en-gb/licensing/sblicensing/pages/licensing_faq.aspx#fbid=R2ZRnbvV-KP

    <quote>

     
    Q. Can a PC with an OEM Windows operating system have its motherboard upgraded and keep the same licence? What if it was replaced because it was defective?

    A. Generally, an end user can upgrade or replace all of the  hadware components on a computer—except the motherboard—and still retain the licence for the original Microsoft OEM operating system software. If the
    motherboard is upgraded or replaced for reasons other than a defect, then a new computer has been created. Microsoft OEM operating system software cannot be transferred to the new computer, and the licence of new operating system software is required. If the motherboard is replaced because it is defective, you do not need to acquire a new operating system license for the PC as long as the replacement motherboard is the same make/model or the same manufacturer's replacement/equivalent, as defined by the manufacturer's
    warranty.

    The reason for this licensing rule primarily relates to the End User Software Licence Terms and the support of the software covered by those terms. The End User Software Licence Terms are a set of usage rights granted to the end user by the computer manufacturer, and relate only to rights for that software as installed on that particular computer. The system builder is required to support the software on the original PC. Understanding that end users, over time, upgrade their PCs with different components, Microsoft needed to have one base component "left standing" that would still define the original PC. Since the motherboard contains the CPU and is the "heart and soul" of the PC, when the motherboard is replaced (for reasons other than defect) a new PC is essentially
    created. The original system builder did not manufacture this new PC, and therefore cannot be expected to support it.

     </quote>

     

     


    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    No - I do not work for Microsoft, or any of its contractors.

    Wednesday, May 08, 2013 11:17 AM