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After new motherboard computer says, "Windows not Genuine"

I hope this is the right forum, will try here first. I just replaced the motherboard in my HP Touchsmart 310-1037. Now the computer says that my Windows 7 is not genuine, and that I won't get updates, etc.. Is there a fix for this without buying Windows again? Thanks. Ed

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OEM Windows

Dis you try calling Microsoft Sales/Support?

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We will.

I'll get around to it soon. At least it's not an emergency. Windows still works and will still receive the critical updates. The negatives are a black desktop, and annoying messages once in a while, and the note on the bottom right corner of the screen about non-genuine Windows. I will do everything possible to get it back to normal. Thanks, Ed

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Here's some news....

..........I found a Windows key on the bottom of the computer base. Let's see what happens.

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Great News!

All I had to do was type the Windows Product Key into the box, and it activated. Woot woot!!!!!! Blush

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still not legit per microsoft

still not legit per microsoft. don't be surprised if it is declared non-genuine again at a later date.

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What do you mean?

I spoke to MS on the phone before I input the code, and read the number directly to them, and they verified it, and told me it was good.

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the key is good but

makes no difference. you need to read the oem eula for win7 in regards to motherboard upgrades. as I said, do not be surprised if your system is eventually declared non genuine. I have seen it happen too many times. users violate the oem eula and still get it activated by microsoft help, then from a few months to a year or so later, microsoft runs an updated version of the genuine test on their system, and the os get deactivated. You have been warned.

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I think it's OK in this case.

It was a maker's own motherboard that was replaced with same maker motherboard. Should be fine.
Bob

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Part number was exact......

That's correct Rob.

The motherboard was replaced with the exact original part number. I was also getting help from a MS Moderator on a MS forum, and ran a diagnostic tool, and the Mod told me all I had to do was use the sticker key (not OEM key) to activate Windows, and that's what I did. What I didn't know was that there are 2 different activation keys on OEM installs: The first is used in the factory, and that only works once. The second (different from the first) is the product key on the sticker, which is used after a hardware modification, etc.

Anyway, we shall see, and like you say, I was made aware of it..."warned" is a bit strong, don't you think Wink The MS folks think I did the right thing, so I'm good with that for now.<div>
Thanks for the help. Ed
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When you post the motherboard was changed

Did you do it or a service tech? Was the motherboard an HP model, the same as original? Is this still Windows 7?

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Re: motherboard

Might be right. The OEM license is only valid on the original PC, so if you change the motherboard to another one, it's no longer valid on the updated PC. For all purposes (except you!) it's a new machine. Adding RAM, replacing the videocard, even replacing the HDD is no issue, but replacing the motherboard by a different is.

Kees

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"The OEM license is only valid on the original PC" by Kees.

Yup, I agree. You can find tomes on the web about "branding" the motherboard but you can try using the restore media you have and see if this clears up.
Bob

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Restore media?

I replace the board myself. Fairly easy, but now this. Yea that's what I figured, Windows thinks it's in a different computer. Can you explain what restore media means, and how to do it? Thanks.

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Google that?
https://www.google.com/#q=What+is+restore+media

So that's the set of discs you made to restore the machine to its factory condition. My hope here is this is a HP board and the restore will work around the issue. Buying an OS is another hundred bucks and all the work of driver hunting and more.
Bob
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If you can get the restore media to run

Then it should activate the install when it completes. Since it is Windows 7 and the if the replacement motherboard was/is an HP replacement, it should still be OK.

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your win 7 is non genuine

You will have to purchase a new os. No legit way around it. Restore media will only have drivers for the old motherboard and not the new AND the restore media is the same as what is already installed and was already declared non genuine so no reason to waste your time.

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Yep!

Plus I don't have any restore discs. So far no real biggie though, windows still works. Maybe in the near future I will cough up the hunny, but not today. Thanks for all the help. Ed

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If the PC works, you may be able to make restore media.

HP and others have a make your own media so why not do that now?

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Good suggestion.

I will look into that thanks.

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Actually calling MS won't

work. When you purchase an OEM computer they install and support the OS. If the OEM replaces the motherboard they will activate Windows for you. The issue is if you buy a mobo from someone else and install it yourself the license doesn't transfer.

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Here's my MS thread
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I've had a chat about OEM and such in Redmond.

Microsoft is not about to make a court case about changing a motherboard in a HP or other PC and locking out the OS from working again. It would set a dangerous and expensive precedent so while they do not have to work out OEM license issues I have found they will to avoid what could be a bad decision against them.

Like replacing a Ford motor with a Ford motor then Delco telling you your computer engine box license is void, this is not going to be a winning case for Delco.

You solved it so there's proof it's fine. Some folk want to scare others.
Bob

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Thanks Rob

Yea, I agree. Ed

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