1. Computer problem? Tech Support Guy is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations. Click here to join today! If you're new to Tech Support Guy, we highly recommend that you visit our Guide for New Members.

OS part of mobo or CPU?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by mconnelly, Mar 27, 2015.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
Advertisement
  1. mconnelly

    mconnelly Thread Starter

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2011
    Messages:
    139
    This is gonna sound very amateur but, Does an OS attach itself to the mobo or the CPU? In other words, if I bought a new CPU will I have to purchase another OS? And the same goes for the motherboard. If I upgrade my mobo will I have to but Windows 7 again?
     
  2. CleaverX

    CleaverX

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,323
    It all depends of the licensing for the current OS.


    OEM licensing: Typical of what you get when you buy a computer at the store. The OS is tied to the mobo.
    If you need to replace the mobo, it must be one made by the computer manufacturer. If you go with a retail mobo, you will need to buy a retail version of Windows.


    Retail License: Activated against the mobo, but you can change it out with a different one and then must re-activate with the original key.
     
  3. mconnelly

    mconnelly Thread Starter

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2011
    Messages:
    139
    Thank you. So, I have a custom build. If I purchase a different brand name mobo, I won't need a new license of windows. Am I correct?
     
  4. dustyjay

    dustyjay

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2003
    Messages:
    12,661
    First Name:
    Jay
    While you would still need to reinstall the OS on the new motherboard and activate it, you would not need to purchase a new Product Key to reinstall the Retail OS. The Drivers for the new motherboard would be different for the new motherboard than for the old motherboard.
     
  5. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2005
    Messages:
    79,612
    First Name:
    Terry
    That, of course, is assuming a Retail version. The Windows may be an OEM System Builder's.
     
  6. mconnelly

    mconnelly Thread Starter

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2011
    Messages:
    139
    I don't remember if its retail or OEM. Is there any way to tell?
     
  7. mconnelly

    mconnelly Thread Starter

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2011
    Messages:
    139
    All right, never mind. I do have an OEM version of 7. So, if I use the same motherboard brand, I won't need to buy another license of windows right?
     
  8. dustyjay

    dustyjay

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2003
    Messages:
    12,661
    First Name:
    Jay
    Is this OEM copy from a PC Manufacturer (ie... Dell, HP/Compaq, etc....) or was it purchased as a System Builder. If from a Major PC Manufacturer, then you may not use it on any other computer (motherboard) than the one it was provided with. If as a system builder, you are the manufacturer (Builder) and as long as the particular copy of windows is not installed on any other you won't need a new Product Key.
     
  9. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2005
    Messages:
    79,612
    First Name:
    Terry
    OEM, including System Builder's, versions are "locked" to the original computer (motherboard). However, to activate Windows on a different computer (motherboard) requires a phone call to Microsoft. Depending on the persuasiveness of your story you may be able to transfer an OEM version to a motherboard that seems to be outside what is allowed by strict reading of the license.
     
  10. Sponsor

As Seen On
As Seen On...

Welcome to Tech Support Guy!

Are you looking for the solution to your computer problem? Join our site today to ask your question. This site is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations.

If you're not already familiar with forums, watch our Welcome Guide to get started.

Join over 733,556 other people just like you!

Loading...
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Short URL to this thread: https://techguy.org/1145563

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice