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Can i change motherboard & cpu without re.installing windows?

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#16 tim_s



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Posted 19 February 2013 - 19:35

Did it work?

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 21:56

You may have to Call MS to activate it unless it is the same board and such. I did it, takes about 2 minutes

#18 Javik


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Posted 19 February 2013 - 23:18

I wouldn't really recommend it to be honest. Whilst Windows can reconfigure itself for new hardware profiles, I have tended to find it still leaves the OS somewhat crash prone and unstable, even if you uninstall all your drivers first.

#19 sc302


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Posted 20 February 2013 - 02:17

In the xp days that would cause a blue screen. I have not changed a system completely with a windows 7 install, so I can't say for certain. I can tell you that by running sysprep it will take all of the hardware settings out and require you to re-enter your key, which will cause a reactivation. Running sysprep will not require you to reinstall windows entirely (this is how to properly image windows onto another computer with all of your software and settings in tact)

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