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  1. #1


    Isle of Man
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    Windows 8 Pro With Media Centre

    New motherboard


    I have installed windows 8 using a upgrade from microsoft, I am looking into changing the motherboard to support more RAM and i've read that windows 8 is tied to the motherboard. Is there a way to transfer my licence to the new motherboard, I don't mind doing a fresh install.

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    Welcome to EightForums.

    You need to transfer the old windows licence also. (XP,Vista or Windows 7)

    https://www.eightforums.com/general-d...ws-8-eula.html

    Quote Originally Posted by Microsoft
    What about upgrading the software? The software covered by this agreement is an upgrade to your existing operating system software, so the upgrade replaces the original software that you are upgrading. You do not retain any rights to the original software after you have upgraded and you may not continue to use it or transfer it in any way. This agreement governs your rights to use the upgrade software and replaces the agreement for the software from which you upgraded. After you complete your upgrade, additional software will be required to playback or record certain types of media, including DVDs.


    Quote Originally Posted by microsoft
    Can I transfer the software to another computer or user? You may transfer the software to another computer that belongs to you. You may also transfer the software (together with the license) to a computer owned by someone else if a) you are the first licensed user of the software and b) the new user agrees to the terms of this agreement. To make that transfer, you must transfer the original media, the certificate of authenticity, the product key and the proof of purchase directly to that other person, without retaining any copies of the software. You may use the backup copy we allow you to make or the media that the software came on to transfer the software. Anytime you transfer the software to a new
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  3. #3


    Isle of Man
    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro With Media Centre


    So if I were to reinstall windows 7 and do the upgrade again I would have no problem with validation? is there anything I need to do (eg. de activate windows) or just format and start fresh with my new motherboard.
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    Will your NEW MOBO have a uEFI BIOS?
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  5. #5


    Isle of Man
    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro With Media Centre


    I think the current MB isn't uefi and the new one will be.

    Going from a Gigabyte M68MT-S2 to a M5A97 Pro
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    No need to reinstall Windows 7.

    1) Clean the HD Drive, using Step one in this tutorial:
    SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation - Windows 7 Forums
    & than Reboot PC to install.

    2) Clean install with a uEFI BIOs:
    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

    3) Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade
    Do part 2 of the tutorial Refresh.
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  7. #7


    smeagle,
    I recently had to replace my motherboard (it died)and my situation was same as yours...I had installed the W8 upgrade from W7. I simply installed my hard drive onto the new mb and it magically configured itself to the new environment! It found and used the new ethernet adapter,went online and got all the necessary drivers to complete the move. I did have to re-activate W8 but it was easily done using the automated telephone method. You enter a series of numbers and the microsoft system gives back a group of numbers which reactivates your W8. When it asks how many pc's the W8 has been installed on say "none" and it will give you the string of numbers to enter. My new motherboard was also AMD but a slightly newer chipset. You may not be so lucky if you are moving between Intel and AMD environments. If you are changing hard drives as well as mb it is necessary to do a complete fresh installation you'll obviously need W8 on a DVD. Hope this helps!!
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    Had me worried for a moment there, I often make my os last 2 or 3 motherboards.
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  9. #9


    Isle of Man
    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro With Media Centre


    Brilliant, when I did the upgrade I did choose the option of burning the DVD just in case.

    Thanks everyone
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    Quote Originally Posted by owenspal View Post
    smeagle,
    I recently had to replace my motherboard (it died)and my situation was same as yours...I had installed the W8 upgrade from W7. I simply installed my hard drive onto the new mb and it magically configured itself to the new environment! It found and used the new ethernet adapter,went online and got all the necessary drivers to complete the move. I did have to re-activate W8 but it was easily done using the automated telephone method. You enter a series of numbers and the microsoft system gives back a group of numbers which reactivates your W8. When it asks how many pc's the W8 has been installed on say "none" and it will give you the string of numbers to enter. My new motherboard was also AMD but a slightly newer chipset. You may not be so lucky if you are moving between Intel and AMD environments. If you are changing hard drives as well as mb it is necessary to do a complete fresh installation you'll obviously need W8 on a DVD. Hope this helps!!
    Not a good idea when upgrading to uEFI BIOS.
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