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Should I buy Windows 8 or stick to Windows 7 HP?

  1. #11


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    Quote Originally Posted by mystvearn View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by JustATest View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mystvearn View Post
    I just found out my OEM W7 HP no longer works as I have replaced the motherboard, which is annoying. I can't activate windows.
    You may still be able to activate Windows 7 even though you replaced the motherboard. The reason I am suggesting this is possible is because I have seen it done (using unlike motherboards) before with success. Moreover, I can't find anywhere in the OEM license that specifically identifies what components can be replaced and which ones cannot. In fact, I don't even remember repair being discussed in any detail in that license document.

    UPDATE: If you try the phone activation and it leads into Microsoft asking you a few more "automated" questions, the response should always be "one." Don't start to try and explain your issue. Just say "one" to everything the robot asks you. Good luck.
    Should have obtained the advice BEFORE I pressed "two"
    Bingo! Give it another try and see what happens. No guarantees but its worth a shot. Good luck.

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    Tell MS you had to replace your mobo. Apparently they will be fine about that.
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  3. #13


    I did. But they say you could only replace with the same kind. Nevermind. I've got a cheap W8 Pro and Office Pro Plus anyway. I've given up on this. Might as well just throw the disc away
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  4. #14


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    Windows 8.1


    Did you try the Windows 7 ISO provided by digital river? I believe your problems with activation are because you are using the OEM install disc provided by HP. AFAIK Microsoft allowed the ISO's to be released on digital river in order to circumvent this kind of problem. Note using these ISO's is also a good way of getting rid of the bloatware on new PC's hopefully they will release one for Windows 8.1 in the near future then I can get rid of all the VAIO crapware on my laptop.

    I see this thread is marked as solved so if you don't read this before buying Windows 8 no worries, as I mentioned before I like it and I'm sure it will suffice for you too.
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by setcho View Post
    Did you try the Windows 7 ISO provided by digital river? I believe your problems with activation are because you are using the OEM install disc provided by HP. AFAIK Microsoft allowed the ISO's to be released on digital river in order to circumvent this kind of problem. Note using these ISO's is also a good way of getting rid of the bloatware on new PC's hopefully they will release one for Windows 8.1 in the near future then I can get rid of all the VAIO crapware on my laptop.

    I see this thread is marked as solved so if you don't read this before buying Windows 8 no worries, as I mentioned before I like it and I'm sure it will suffice for you too.
    Oh, HP= Home Premium, not Hewlett Packard . My bad. I bought a standalone OEM disc. Even if I tried the ISO, I still need a key, the key is still an OEM key.

    Already bought and using Win8. Customized it to be as close to Win7 as possible.
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  6. #16


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    Windows 8.1


    Aha... more my bad methinks!

    As for customizing Win 8 I agree, absolutely no need to use metro if you don't like it or want to. Change the default programs and essentially you have Win 7 without a menu and if that irks you go for classic shell or one of the other options.
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    Using classic shell now
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  8. #18


    Hafnarfjörđur IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Quote Originally Posted by setcho View Post
    Did you try the Windows 7 ISO provided by digital river? I believe your problems with activation are because you are using the OEM install disc provided by HP. AFAIK Microsoft allowed the ISO's to be released on digital river in order to circumvent this kind of problem. Note using these ISO's is also a good way of getting rid of the bloatware on new PC's hopefully they will release one for Windows 8.1 in the near future then I can get rid of all the VAIO crapware on my laptop.

    I see this thread is marked as solved so if you don't read this before buying Windows 8 no worries, as I mentioned before I like it and I'm sure it will suffice for you too.
    Hi there
    Download and install the ISO for win 8.1 if you want to get rid of all the crapware on the VAIO -- Win 8 even recognizes built in dual card reader if you are still using things like sony PRO DUO memory sticks. !!

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  9. #19


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    Quote Originally Posted by mystvearn View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    If you replaced your OEM HP motherboard with a matching HP supplied motherboard a reinstall may fix your activation problem. Another option would be to use the product code on the COA sticker and activate by phone.
    I did not replaced a matching board. I went from a socket 775 to a 1150
    Your original motherboard had an SLIC table in the BIOS. Your install media uses OEM-SLP activation against the BIOS SLIC table. If the replacement motherboard doesn't have the correct SLIC table in the BIOS the OEM-SLP activation fails. In that case you are supposed to purchase a new license, buy a new version of Windows.
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  10. #20


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    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview


    Quote Originally Posted by mystvearn View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by setcho View Post
    Did you try the Windows 7 ISO provided by digital river? I believe your problems with activation are because you are using the OEM install disc provided by HP. AFAIK Microsoft allowed the ISO's to be released on digital river in order to circumvent this kind of problem. Note using these ISO's is also a good way of getting rid of the bloatware on new PC's hopefully they will release one for Windows 8.1 in the near future then I can get rid of all the VAIO crapware on my laptop.

    I see this thread is marked as solved so if you don't read this before buying Windows 8 no worries, as I mentioned before I like it and I'm sure it will suffice for you too.
    Oh, HP= Home Premium, not Hewlett Packard . My bad. I bought a standalone OEM disc. Even if I tried the ISO, I still need a key, the key is still an OEM key.

    Already bought and using Win8. Customized it to be as close to Win7 as possible.
    Did you try a brand new clean install or did you just try to authenticate the same installation again (that was previously rejected)? I can only tell you that I've seen it done before (actual witness to the process) and, once it was a retail laptop and the other time it was a self build. SIW and alpanumeric have also provided other methods that might work. Again, there is nothing in the OEM license document that strictly forbids one from replacing the motherboard. Same for a hard drive. Example, what if you have an old motherboard that is manufacture discontinued. How can you ever get an exact replacement? How about if you have an old WD 40GB that goes south, should one scour the earth looking for an exact replacement? Both are components and the license document does not specifically cite/identify any difference between the two. Good luck.
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