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Reinstall Windows 7 on Different Motherboard/CPU

M2N78-LA (Violet 6) motherboard 64 bit
16 GB DDR3 memory
AMD Phenom II X4 logo quadcore 2.8 GHz
1 TB SSD
4TB Hybrid SSD/HDD
Windows 7 Home Premium
Corsair 300R case
Corsair 750M power supply

I have a SSD that boots Windows 7 but the motherboard may be bad. If I get a new motherboard and CPU, what is the procedure to modify the OS so this SSD will boot the new hardware?

(This is a tl;dr of this thread:
http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-3523587/motherbo...)
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  1. more than likely you will have to a fresh install of win7.chances of getting the ssd to boot are slim to none unless you have installed identical hardware.
    Reply to aldan
  2. The motherboard is an HP OEM board did your version of windows come pre-installed on the system?
    Reply to bignastyid
  3. Yes, pre-installed. I don't have install disks, just the D: drive system recovery, and the system image and system repair disks I made.
    Reply to mesapegasus
  4. mesapegasus said:
    Yes, pre-installed. I don't have install disks, just the D: drive system recovery, and the system image and system repair disks I made.


    That pre-installed OEM license is tied to the HP motherboard and is non-transferable so a new motherboard means you are going to need to buy a new windows license aswell as do a clean reinstall.
    Reply to bignastyid
  5. I read in another thread something about booting to Safe Mode and installing motherboard drivers. Can that work? Does anyone have more information about that?
    Reply to mesapegasus
  6. Best answer
    1. That's not going to fix the licensing problem.
    2. We don't even know what cpu and motherboard you are switching to so all we can do is guess. But assuming a newer beter platform then in all likelihood you are going to need a clean OS reinstall to get stable system running at optimum performance.
    Reply to bignastyid
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