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Old 02-23-2010, 12:59 AM   #21
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Default Re: Will my motherboard be able to handle a Quad-Core?

Whoa, hold up there. You can't swap motherboards on an OEM machine without either hacking windows (illegal), or buying another copy of it.
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Old 02-23-2010, 01:01 AM   #22
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You can reinstall off the original OS CD.
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Old 02-23-2010, 01:33 AM   #23
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The key is locked to the original motherboard, is it not?
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Old 02-23-2010, 01:47 AM   #24
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I'm swapping? but the CPU and Moatherboard is a combo http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...0&sku=B69-4182
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Old 02-23-2010, 01:57 AM   #25
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Mutant corn: I have an HP OEM OS installed on my sig rig and it worked.

Kirax: Its an OEM CPU, not retail. Retail has the heatsink, oem doesn't.

Get the Athlon II x4 one I posted. Better motherboard and cpu plus it has a heatsink.
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Old 02-23-2010, 02:23 AM   #26
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How the hell did you do that? The only thing I've ever seen that work on is the old Dell XP disks...

Either way, it's against Microsoft's terms of service...not that I care too much about that, but it is technically illegal.
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No idea. It just worked.

It was the same as the OEM disk you buy on newegg.

I actually did it with a lenovo laptop once too.

Its a standard OEM product key and and cd.
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Old 02-23-2010, 02:29 AM   #28
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Huh...interesting. Might as well give it a shot then.
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Both were XP SP2. No idea about vista/7.

OEM does mean OEM though so I assume it would work.

And I saw a website selling OEM HP branded W7 disks as compatible with any pc.
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If they haven't been installed on a computer yet, then yes, they'll work with any PC. Compared to normal OEM versions, the only real difference with the Vista/7 ones is that they have some crapware on them.
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