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Upgrading to Win 7 from XP

by mrrko1 / June 7, 2014 12:23 PM PDT

I purchased Win 7 professional OEM and Office 2010 full version retail.

I am currently running Win XP pro SP3 and MS OFFICE Pro 2000. My machine runs pretty good but I want to upgrade the system down the road.

I assume that my system will run the same by installing Win 7 and Office 2010, perhaps better. Can I replace the motherboard and processor etc down the road without activation or licensing issues?

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Not if you install the OEM version on
by orlbuckeye / June 8, 2014 12:36 AM PDT

the old motherboard. You would have to call Microsoft and convince them.

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Which won't happen
by Jimmy Greystone / June 8, 2014 1:26 AM PDT

Which won't happen because the OEM license changed a year or so back to prohibit buying OEM versions for use on a computer you plan to use personally. So assuming the OP goes ahead and uses it, Microsoft will consider it pirated even though the OP paid for it and has a valid license key. The terms of the EULA are breached, thus Microsoft considers it pirated.

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The OEM issue is not new.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 8, 2014 12:57 AM PDT

Plenty on the web but so far Microsoft does issue a new key or allow movement when the main board dies. Again, this area is so well done it's ash and folk may be upset by the short answers.

The one thing that chafes folk is calling it in. Some lose weeks looking on the web to avoid the call.

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See JG's reply.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 8, 2014 1:30 AM PDT

The OEM license issue is so well done. There is OEM and then there is OEM. The OEM license you get with your Dell/HP/other is one thing and no one I know has convinced Microsoft to issue a new key for use when the board changes. But the OEM you buy standalone from the usual channels is another story.

This is why folk don't like the OEM version at times. Great price but later the pain.

Windows 8 isn't all that bad once you add Classic Shell and there is no OEM version you can buy. And it's price seems to be on par with Windows 7 OEM packages here.

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If you ask me
by Jimmy Greystone / June 8, 2014 2:47 AM PDT
In reply to: See JG's reply.

If you ask me, even without classic shell 8.1 isn't all that bad. Takes some minor retraining, but in return you get a number of nice under the hood improvements and even a few visible ones that a lot of people have probably thought more than once, "I would be nice if I could..." Still can't get my head around why people get so bent out of shape about the start screen when you rarely have to interact with it unless you want to. Guess some people aren't happy unless they have something to complain about.

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Upgrading to Win 7 from XP
by TEQGlobal / June 24, 2014 10:24 PM PDT

Licensing issues won't happen if you upgrade any hardware component of your computer except motherboard. However, if the motherboard gets defected then you can upgrade that as well without getting into any type of . On the other hand, Microsoft treats motherboard upgrade for reasons other than defect as if someone has purchased a new computer. So in such a scenario, new license needs to be acquired. I hope it answers your question.

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