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  • Quick windows 7 question

    Probably an idiot question but here goes anyway:

    My windows 7 is activated (did it as soon as I installed it)
    What happens if I need to reinstall for some reason? Like a system crash or a full hardware upgrade? Is there some de-authorising procedure that you need to go through like on some games? (Spore) or can I just wipe-n-reformat?


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    Re: Quick windows 7 question

    Unless you register it online...I am pretty sure you can keep re-using it for your rig only.

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      Re: Quick windows 7 question

      When you reinstall it, it will update on the internet again. If for any reason it will not, they will direct you to call the automated phone number where you go through the registration procedure again. A screen comes up on your computer where you enter your key. Once you call the phone number that is listed and give them your key (this is all automated) they will in turn give you a code to enter into boxes on the same screen and it will activate. The operative question in the process is "how many computers are you running with this copy of Windows". One is the magic number.

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        Re: Quick windows 7 question

        Originally posted by jb4 View Post
        When you reinstall it, it will update on the internet again. If for any reason it will not, they will direct you to call the automated phone number where you go through the registration procedure again. A screen comes up on your computer where you enter your key. Once you call the phone number that is listed and give them your key (this is all automated) they will in turn give you a code to enter into boxes on the same screen and it will activate. The operative question in the process is "how many computers are you running with this copy of Windows". One is the magic number.
        This is what I had to do every time I reinstalled vista (oem version). XP lets you reactivate several times per year over the internet without forcing you to call, but not so with vista. I think W7 will be the same.

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          Re: Quick windows 7 question

          You can reinstall W7 as many times as you wish as long as your particular copy (and keycode) stays with that rig's motherboard.

          If you upgrade to a new mobo or swap it out for another one, then you'd have to buy a new license or a new copy of W7.
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            Re: Quick windows 7 question

            Originally posted by Acreo Aeneas View Post
            If you upgrade to a new mobo or swap it out for another one, then you'd have to buy a new license or a new copy of W7.
            Now that's screwed up. So basically I can't upgrade to a new board unless I shell out for a new copy of Windows?

            That's the biggest bunch of BS I have heard for a while.


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            • #7
              Re: Quick windows 7 question

              Which is why it's easier, even if you own a legal copy of Windows, to simply crack it or get a serial maker. It's a lot less hassle all around.
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                Re: Quick windows 7 question

                Originally posted by DrunkenPirate View Post
                Now that's screwed up. So basically I can't upgrade to a new board unless I shell out for a new copy of Windows?

                That's the biggest bunch of BS I have heard for a while.
                Technically, that's been in the EULA since I believe Windows 2000 (or was it Windows XP). It's not new. The only thing that is new is now Microsoft is checking it to make sure your key is being transferred from one mobo to another (since Vista) - or rather a more effective check than the one used on XP.

                I do see the big downside to that, but I think the only way you could argue a new mobo with the same key is if your old one died. I'm not sure if MS reps would allow for that instance.
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                • #9
                  Re: Quick windows 7 question

                  From personal experience, if you take the time to call, 99% of the time they give you the new code without too much hassle. Basically if you are taking the time to call they assume that you are legit, and it is a relatively easy process. Even if you switch Mobo's they are generally understanding so long as it is only once or twice per CD key. If you are trying it for the tenth time then yes expect a head ache, but otherwise it really is not a problem, just time consuming.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Quick windows 7 question

                    I called when I upgraded hardware. Took 5 minutes with an automated phone system. No problems.
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