I have an XPS 8300 i7. I want to change the existing motherboard to Asus P8P67 PRO. Has anyone done anything similar and faced any problems? Mainly, any problems with a re-install of Win 7 from recovery discs. Does anyone know the Dell motherboard is linked to the Win 7 install?
Thanks in advance
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You would need to buy a valid retail license for Windows 7. The license that comes with the computer is called OEM, is specific to Dell, and is restricted to the computer with which it shipped. Generally, the installation disk will check the BIOS to see if it is a Dell system; if not, it will usually abort the install. I've heard of instances where it will install, but in any case, it will not accept the Product Key for activation.
Other things to watch out for, which are common for this type of project ... various control panel and peripheral devices in the system do not always have standard connectors, so sometimes rewireing a connector is necessary. I can't say for certain for the 8300 in particular. Also the alignment of mounting holes can affect how easily other boards can be used.
Use the Windows 7 disc you have and the Product Key from the Certificate of Authenticity on your Dell PC. Installation will not be aborted.
With a third-party/non-Dell motherboard? I don't think so. Even IF it didn't abort the install (which my experience says it probably will) and IF it does allow you to activate Windows using the Product Key from the COA (again, my experience says it will not), it is NOT legal - it is a violation of the EULA you agree to when running Windows.
From my experience, the key will activate. As has been stated, such a use would be a violation of the OEM agreement, although in some countries the law might supersede those restrictive terms. The key will likely activate even with a regular retail or OEM copy of Windows (for those who want to reinstall but don't have the factory disc).
Install a third party SATA card before the swap and use it for the first boot after the swap, and the Windows install should repair itself, saving a reinstall. (The OP can purchase an OEM copy of Windows and enter its key for activation.)
The only key I've seen that wouldn't activate was from a Family Pack; it would only activate on an upgrade, not a clean install. The upgraded instance (Vista, in that case) did not have to be activated itself.
Let the OP decide what he/she wants to do. I for one will not buy another licence unnecessarily. You said installation would be aborted but that was true up to Windows 2000 Professional.
Let the OP decide what he/she wants to do. I for one will not buy another licence unnecessarily.
Sure, no one is forcing him to do one thing over another, but not doing so is a illegal in nearly every country (if not all).
that was true up to Windows 2000 Professional
I've never messed with 2000 or previous, so that can't be true. My experience says it will not allow it, but I'm not saying that is the only outcome anyone can ever experience - I've heard people say they have been able to, then others that they could not.
He asked for potential problems with this project ... there it is ... a potential problem.