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08-28-2012 07:52 AM
I have an HP Pavilion p7-1074 computer. I recently had an issue with the motherboard and was told by HP that they no longer make the part that I need. I have already purcahsed a new motherboard and now my question is about windows 7. From what I understand there is no way that I can take the already installed version of W7 on my PC (an OEM version if I understand correctly), and transfer it to the new "PC". But I read from another source that this was possible, but there was no specification on how to do such. I'm just looking for some guidance as to where I need to head now. I have the motherboard currently in hand and am not sure what needs to be done.
08-28-2012 04:35 PM
Boywondernp, welcome to the forum.
What is the make/model of the motherboard? It has to be the proper Form Factor to work properly. Then, there is a possibility that there will not be a connector for the power button.
You are correct in believing that you can't use the original Recovery Discs with the new motherboard. The original motherboard is tattoed with pertinent components of the computer. However, you may be able to use the existing hard drive with the OS installed.
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08-29-2012 03:54 PM - edited 08-29-2012 04:22 PM
The newegg link points to many motherboards.
Microsoft sees a new motherboard as a new PC and therefore typically requires a new Windows license. The one exception that I know of is when the manufactuer no longer has a replacement motherboard and then Microsoft might allow for this situation. However, Microsoft may change the game plan anytime.
Download the official Windows 7 ISO file. It’s about 123 MB. Pick the version that is appropriate for your OEM Windows license. Then burn it to disk using Imgburn. Boot this disk up and try running repair multiple times then see if the old system will boot up.
How to activate Windows 7 by phone. Try using the OEM key off the Windows sticker on your PC and see if it will activate. If it fails, then give MS a call and explain why and what you are doing.