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    Reinstalling Windows 7?

    hi, so i'm just about to order a new build, but i'm not sure if i'm gonna be able to re-install my current windows 7 on the new computer.
    can i just deactivated somehow and install it on the new machine?
    or would i have to buy a new OS?

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    Re: Reinstalling Windows 7?

    Do you have a boxed or OEM version of the software? I just reinstalled Windows 7 Home Premium (boxed version) and didn't need to deactivate or anything - just installed the same key on my new hardware. I'm pretty sure it's a different story for OEM versions, I'm sure someone else on here will clarify this for you!
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    Re: Reinstalling Windows 7?

    Quote Originally Posted by funke_munke View Post
    Do you have a boxed or OEM version of the software? I just reinstalled Windows 7 Home Premium (boxed version) and didn't need to deactivate or anything - just installed the same key on my new hardware. I'm pretty sure it's a different story for OEM versions, I'm sure someone else on here will clarify this for you!
    Well, it's neither OEM nor Boxed.
    I got it for free from MSDNAA when i studied MCITP at college.
    but it's a legit key for sure

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    Re: Reinstalling Windows 7?

    Hiya,

    "free" versions are probably OEM versions. As such, the code is locked to the motherboard it was first installed on. These cannot be transferred to a new computer.

    For retail (boxed) versions, these can be transferred to a new computer as long as it's only ever on one computer at a time. With win 7, if its more than 4 months since it was installed before, then it can be activated over the net as normal with no intervention. If its less than 4 months, you may need to ring up MS to get them to activate it.

    Don't forget than win 7 can be used fully active for 30 days before you have to stick a key in.

    Hope that helps!

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    Re: Reinstalling Windows 7?

    Alright guys, thanks for the replies
    I just logged on to MSDNAA and i found out that i have access to 3 other codes
    so that means i still have 2 more activation codes available for me

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    Re: Reinstalling Windows 7?

    Most MSDN codes are retail.

    It should say when you login to your account what type of key it is....
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