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.
Answer by geekomatic · Oct 23, 2012 at 07:29 AM
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. :)
Answer by Thomas Crabtree · Oct 23, 2012 at 05:13 PM
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.