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Thinking of upgrading my motherboard and cpu. I want to keep my current win 7 configuration (as close as possible).

Can I just replace my motherboard and cpu and then plug in my hard drive and boot up as I do now? I realize Win 7 mightask me to re-activate but is that all? Is it do-able? :)
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Howdy:

Nope, that is not all. You will need to run, as a minimum, a Windows repair. If your Win7 cd is OEM or a Recovery/Restore cd, it won't work at all as there is no "Repair" option in the Recovery/Restore dvd's and the OEM dvd is forever married to the original system and changing the motherboard constitutes a "New" system.

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What if I replace the original board with an exact replacement? Will it work then?
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If you have to keep both, you are no longer upgrading anything. Might as well keep what you have.

Is this the same computer you are referring to in THIS THREAD?

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Edited by Murray S., 17 May 2010 - 07:20 AM.

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Yes. This thing won't even boot into the bios anymore. I thought about just replacing the MB and see if that helps. I really like the machine. I can get a new exact MB and if need be, a new AMD Phenom X4 9650 Quad Core Processor too for under $ 200.
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If the mobo remains the same, then Microsoft's EULA would allow the upgrade/replacement. That being said, as your Win7 is an upgrade, you may not have the option with it to run a "repair" which you may need to do in order to get Windows to recognize everything again. "May" is the operative word there.

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Gotcha. So I guess the answer is that it IS possible but not guaranteed to work.
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Very possible and probable, but no guarantees.

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Thank you for your help. Awesome!
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