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Upgrading major hardware, win 7 ultimate installed


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#1 Kevin384

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 05:41 AM

Hi all,

I have Windows 7 Ultimate "Get Genuine Online Pack" installed on my existing PC (I had a so-called legitimate copy of this OS on my PC, only to find that it wasn't :angry: ).

I am contemplating upgrading my motherboard to a Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H, but using the existing CPU, GPU, ram and HDD's.

I have been looking at various forums in this regard, and it appears that I might have a problem with licence key issues - this seems to be a problem with OEM OS installs, but I'm not sure if my online pack would be included in this category.

My exisiting rig has the following hardware:

Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3 motherboard
16 Gb Transcend ram (4 x 4Gb)
Intel core i3 2120 CPU
2 x 1Tb HDD's
Nvidia GTX 460 SE GPU (by Gigabyte)

Will I have a problem upgrading the mobo without the licencing key issues, or will I need to either buy a new key, or do a clean install?

There are no answers to this particular query in any of the forums that I have visited, and thought that I may get a a definitive answer here.

Regards,
Kevin

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:26 AM

OEM installs are tied to the motherboard. You cannot install Windows OEM versions on more than one PC, and Microsoft defines a PC based on the motherboard. You will have to reinstall the operating system regardless. You can do a clean install upgrade to Windows 8 on that PC as the upgrade license requires only a licensed copy of Windows 7 to be installed.

There is nothing technical keeping you from reinstalling the old version of Windows and doing a phone activation, only a legal issue.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:45 AM

Hi,
Thanks for that, but I do not have a OEM version, but a version that was used to "legalise" the original install, hence the comment about Windows 7 Ultimate "Get Genuine Online Pack"

Would this particular pack be construed as OEM?


Thanks,
Kevin

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 10:58 AM

As to exact legalities, I won't get onto that as frankly I do not know the specifics.

In the real world, the "Win 7 Get Genuine" can be moved to another system. I did a new build recently (just a mobo/CPU upgrade from X58 to Z77) and it activated online without a hitch, no phone call needed. As long as you don't try to run it on more than one system at a time, a phone call should be the worst hassle you experience.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:53 AM

OK thanks, I think that I should contact my local Microsoft office and clarify the legalities with them - maybe I should have done that first :woot:

Reply much appreciated, will come back to this thread when I get some answers from Microsoft SA

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Kevin

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:58 AM

Hi,
Thanks for that, I feel more confident now about this - I will come back to this thread later and update when I eventually buy the board,
Regards,
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:15 PM

@dpunisher,

I had a brainwave (rather extraordinary for me at this time of the day hehe) and opened SIW on my rig.
SIW reports that I have a "Retail Channel" version of the OS, so I am assuming that a simple reactivation will work after a mobo upgrade as the software will not be "tied" to the system.

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Kevin

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:37 PM

That is correct

You have a Retail key not a OEM key

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:50 PM

Great!! :thumbsup:

Thanks folks for your quick replies - I just have to get past the "government" to buy the board.
Incidentally, I asked this same question on the Microsoft forums (which I should have done in he first place and recived the same answer AT THE SAME TIME as yours :woot:




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