Windows 7, can I reinstall with a boot/recovery disc

Jan 17, 2019
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Hello. I apologize if this question has been answered many times. I’m upgrading my motherboard/cpu and I have windows 7 professional OEM. after speaking with two reps from Microsoft they said I am absolutely able to use the key again to reinstall windows but can not obtain the ISO files to create a flash drive to reinstall, I have to get a recovery disc. I know you all know your stuff so my question is after installing my hardware, am I able to really use the recovery disc to reinstall windows on my new motherboard/cpu? Thanks for your help.
 

USAFRet

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Where did the original OS come from?

If it is an OEM license, you'll have to get it from your manufacturer.
And, that OEM license cannot be transferred to different hardware.

If it is NOT an OEM license, you can get the ISO direct from Microsoft.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows7
And you can (probably) transfer it to new hardware.
 

kerberos_20

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if he has SLP key (which he probably has since ms told him no iso for him), then this website would says same stuff about contacting oem vendor

edit: just tryied on mine:

 

kerberos_20

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if he has this kind of key, then theres no point downloading iso from 3rd party, as it wont activate even with key from COA sticker, mainboard change would invalidate that key

tbh u couldd get win10, it will work just fine without any key (no 30 day trial as it used to be) just a watermark in lower right corner
 

clutchc

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If the OP was going to get his Win7 installed and running on the new system, I was going to suggest he do a (still) free upgrade to W10. Win 7 only has another year before MS stops security updates. I've slowly been (free) updating my machines from 7 to 10. Got one left with 7.
 

USAFRet

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Yep.
Upgrade the current system to Win 10, and then you can transfer that to new hardware.
For the OS activation, read and do this before you change any parts:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/20530/windows-10-reactivating-after-hardware-change
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-3164428/windows-build-1607-activation.html
 

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