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Actually, 2 questions.

I have a desktop with an OEM version of Windows 7.

Question 1: If I swap the motherboard with the SAME exact model, will I need to call Microsoft to activate Windows?

Question 2: I'm using a GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H rev 3, which has an AM3 socket, and would like to swap it with the same board, only rev 3.1, which has an AM3+ socket. Will I need to call Microsoft to activate Windows?

I'm curious to know the answer to question 1 in case something were to happen to my motherboard.

I'm curious to know the answer to question 2 because I'd like to upgrade my CPU in the future, and want to know if I am at risk of buying a new copy of Windows.

asked Oct 23 '12 at 05:12

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edited Oct 23 '12 at 05:28

Hi David,

I've never hit anything other than the automatic telephone activation anyway. You key in your numbers that show up, MS tells you your new product key- all automatic.

Even if you do end up calling them- just let them know it's still the same computer.

I do this for a living- never had a turn-down.

Just do, you'll be fine. :)


answered Oct 23 '12 at 06:29

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Hi David,

Question 1: No you almost certainly won't need to activate again, however even in the case you do it's very easy to phone Microsoft and sort, they won't cause you any issues.

Question 2: No you won't. It's the same board so don't worry, just a slightly updated model, not even a new model, you won't have to call Microsoft.

I've done this several times before.

Infact Windows 7 is so fantastic that I can pull a hard drive containing Windows 7 out of one PC, put it in an entirely different PC of totally different build specification, and it runs perfectly first time without any issues at all.

Hope this helps.

Thomas Crabtree

answered Oct 23 '12 at 16:13

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