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    Re-installing Windows 7 after Mobo upgrade.

    I'm thinking of upgrading my mobo/cpu/ram and this will require a win 7 re-activation.

    Has anyone done this ? Is it painful of trivial ?

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    Re: Re-installing Windows 7 after Mobo upgrade.

    I have done it a few times on windows xp, i was connected to the internet and it was just a matter of a few clicks (activate over internet) and about 2 mins later it was sorted.

    No problems, no pain, not much of a wait.

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    Re: Re-installing Windows 7 after Mobo upgrade.

    Trivial, but if your license is OEM then you're not entitled to install it to another machine in the manner that you're asking.

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    Re: Re-installing Windows 7 after Mobo upgrade.

    If you change your motherboard it's going to be stuck on Windows update for ages. However after it does, it does seem to work "ok". I would suggest for you to do a clean install though. If you only change CPU/RAM/graphics card then it will not require a reinstall.

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    Re: Re-installing Windows 7 after Mobo upgrade.

    I swapped hard drives between two machines with identical motherboards to troubleshooting a problem I had and triggered re-activation on both machines. One phone call to an automated system. Enter a code on the phone then enter a new activation code on the PC. Only one question to answer.
    How many PC's is this copy of windows 7 installed on?
    Correct answer = 1

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    Re: Re-installing Windows 7 after Mobo upgrade.

    There is a utility within windows called sysprep, it removes all system drivers for all your hardware and restores it back as far as when you run the users setup etc, handy utility i did it recently when upgrading from q6600 setup to a i7 setup.

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