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Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 May Require Activation after Motherboard Replacement



Article Summary: Windows 7 (and Windows Server 2008 R2) may require activation after a Motherboard replacement if using a Dell OEM Install. It has also been observed that the OS may report that it is not a Genuine Microsoft Product. Only the latest BIOS contains the current activation sequence. Service stock motherboards may not have the latest BIOS installed.
This event can occur on the current installation or during a reinstallation of the OS using DELL OEM Media. (after a motherboard has been replaced)

Solution:
Download and install the latest BIOS to enable support for Windows 7. (or Windows Server 2008 R2)
It is not necessary to activate the Operating System through Microsoft.




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Article ID: SLN108666

Last Date Modified: 07/06/2015 05:13 PM


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