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Motherboard replacement

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  • Hi

    We need to replace a faulty motherboard in a Windows 7 Professional system.  The board has been discontinued so it will need to be a different one that supports the same CPU.

    slmgr /dli reports 'RETAIL channel'.

    Does this mean that Windows will definitely re-activate (either manually or online) after the swap ?

    Thanks

     

     

    Monday, May 02, 2011 9:29 AM

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  • Try slmgr -dlv

    As long as there is no "OEM" as part of the report then yes you can replace the motherboard with a different make and model and still activate Windows, most likely by phone.

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


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    Monday, May 02, 2011 11:52 AM

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  • Contact Microsoft Technical Support in your country and check that with them.

     


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    Monday, May 02, 2011 10:39 AM
  • most likely.
    enough changed to cause it.
    mother board and cpu.
     

     

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    Hi

    We need to replace a faulty motherboard in a Windows 7 Professional system.  The board has been discontinued so it will need to be a different one that supports the same CPU.

    slmgr /dli reports 'RETAIL channel'.

    Does this mean that Windows will definitely re-activate (either manually or online) after the swap ?

    Thanks

     

     

    Monday, May 02, 2011 11:39 AM
  • Try slmgr -dlv

    As long as there is no "OEM" as part of the report then yes you can replace the motherboard with a different make and model and still activate Windows, most likely by phone.

    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.
    Monday, May 02, 2011 11:52 AM
  • I suggest you to do a "Sysprep" (if possible) before changing the motherboard to avoid further problems such as BSOD, driver and incompatibility problems. Look at the link below for what is a "Sysprep".

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc783215(WS.10).aspx

    and i wrote this article on my blog about "how to sysprep" your Windows 7 computer very briefly.

    http://elmaskubilay.blogspot.com/2011/05/easy-windows-7-sysprep-and-imaging.html

    For the activation, as mentioned before, if your reports says that you have got a "RETAIL" version, than you should be ok for activation through the internet or in worst scenario through the "phone activation" service.

     

     

     

     


    Kubilay Elmas
    Tuesday, May 03, 2011 12:30 AM