Sunday, January 31, 2010 2:23 AMMy computer has an OEM Windows 7 Pro license. I need to change the E7500 processor to one with virtualization (E8500) so I can take advantage of Windows 7 XP mode. Will there be a problem with validating the key if I do that? I believe the license goes with the mother board and not the processor, so I believe there will be no problem, but just want to make sure.
Sunday, January 31, 2010 3:17 AMYour Windows 7 OEM genuine license status will not be affected at all by a CPU upgrade. Feel free to upgrade it!
- Marked As Answer by Darin Smith MSOwner Monday, February 01, 2010 8:20 PM
Monday, February 01, 2010 8:23 PMOwner
The only hardware that can affect your Lucensing Status is the Motherboard. This is because (as far as Licensing is concerned) changing the Motherboard creates a 'New" PC and OEM Licensing only allows Windows be used on the first computer it was installed on. If a New computer is created, the OEM software is no longer licensed to run on it.