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El Quintron
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[Parts Check] Preserving Windows 7 licence after Mobo/CPU/RAM Sw

Looking to upgrade my workhorse PCs guts, I'd be keeping my hardrives, GPU, PSU, along with the Case, and I'd be replacing the motherboard, RAM and CPU.

What I'm wondering is if it's worth the effort, I have a Windows 7 OEM license (which I may be risking by changing the CPU)

I'm looking at getting some sort of i7 processor, supporting Motherboard and compatible RAM, things like Ivybridge and Sandbridge aren't super important to me at the moment, because right now I'm just trying to see if it's worth doing versus OCing my current setup.

Here's what I'm looking at replacing:

P5Q Mobo, Q6700 Intel CPU, with 4 x 2 GB DDR2 RAM, it runs well but I'm a power whore and I do have a certain level of Techno-lust I enjoy feeding regularly so this is more of a pet project rather than an immediate need.
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Re: [Parts Check] Preserving Windows 7 licence after Mobo/CPU/RA

New motherboard and CPU is considered a new computer. It will give a new hardware signature and won't be recognized.

But you can try calling Microsoft and tell them you're replacing a defective motherboard but still using your old harddrive with the OS. They might give a new license. It's a long shot though.



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Sometimes it will, sometimes it won't. I've transferred an OEM copy of Vista from one homebuilt desktop to another without it giving me any issues, but Microsoft will always give you a new license if you say a component died and you swapped it out.
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said by Krisnatharok:

Microsoft will always give you a new license if you say a component died and you swapped it out.

Good to know, I'm probably going to recycle the old components with Linux and build something for a friend so Windows won't be required on the old Mobo.


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Windows licensing info.

»www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/what-mic···ing/1514
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Funny thing is I have considered buying windows but with the OEM version not transferrable to new hardware (without lying and violating the terms anyways) and the full retail at double the price I said f*** it and stuck with high seas. Way to throw my $100 away MS.



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Thanks for that, interesting reading.


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said by pnjunction:

I said f*** it and stuck with high seas. Way to throw my $100 away MS.

Normally that's the route I'd take as well, (or just install Linux) but this is my gaming rig, so I do want it to be (mostly) legit, or more specifically I want it to have a trouble free version of Windows.

I hear you on that, I don't really want to shell out another ~$100 for another copy of Win7 Pro either.
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What we take as oem is not what most people see, the system builder is supposed to replace the license in the event of a hardware failure, and when purchased outside of this we don't have that protection. Also we still pay more than the system builders for oem versions, but it's still cheaper so that is what most people buy. So people just see the price, and when you buy retail you pay for support through Microsoft, which is also why oem is cheaper to buy for system builders.

Other companies bury the cost of their os in the hardware, Microsoft can't do this.

I do tend to buy retail as I do upgrade my machines, and I bought XP Pro retail years ago on purpose so I could transfer it, along with the extended support of buying Pro.

There was a time you could only buy windows oem with hardware, and when they stopped that requirement that's when this all turned into this entitled price game on the consumer side. When I bought Win 98se I had to buy it along with hardware in the same purchase.
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