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windows 8.1 oem

  1. #1

    Posts : 13
    windows 8.1 pro,ubuntu 14.04

    windows 8.1 oem

    hello folks i have a strange dillema i have a windows 8.1 pro oem dvd i purchased from a retailer,just a few weeks ago my mainboard started smoking and fized,it was an asrock fatal1ty,so I replaced it with an asrock extreme 4 all is good we installed new mainboard started computer voila boots into windows 8.1,now I would of thought with new board i would have to reinstall windows no its working fine I thought oem versions where one time install then call microsoft and tell them you need another dillema I have just ordered a new samsung evo ssd if i migrate windows from hard drive to ssd will 8.1 still work on this computer

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  2. #2

    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    Make sure you check for any driver updates.

    if i migrate windows from hard drive to ssd will 8.1 still work on this computer
    Should be OK.

    How to clone your SATA drive to a SSD drive.
    How to Migrate OS to new Hard disk.
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  3. #3

    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit

    If the motherboards are very similar in hardware Windows will often not complain. Especially if both motherboards use the same chip-set. I swapped an ASUS M2N68-AM SE2 with an M4N68T-M V2 running Windows 7 OEM and didn't have to reactivate. About all I had to do was update the sound drivers. One was Realtek and the other VIA. I swapped out the factory drive on my Laptop for an SSD. I wasn't able to clone my setup and ended up doing a clean install. That's not to say its not possible, I just couldn't get it done at the time. I was able to activate fine afterward with the OEM embedded key.
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  4. #4

    After XP, all windows are "smart enough" to notice HW changes, specially MB. There's enough essential drivers to permit those change and if you are connected to internet at first boot, chances for it to find at least basic drivers are 99%.
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