Solved OEM version of Windows 8.1 to a new motherboard

January 26, 2014 at 20:07:32
Specs: Windows 8.1
My motherboard is defective and no longer works after two days. How would I transfer an OEM version of Windows to a new motherboard?

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January 27, 2014 at 09:09:50
As above, your issue is probably not your motherboard. Use step by step method to determined the culprit here.
As to the question directly (in case you do need to replace it), if you replace the motherboard with the same model, you will not need to reinstall or get a new key. If you replace it with a similar model from the same vendor with the same chipset, you MIGHT get away with just replacing the drivers, but you might need to reinstall and might need to use a new key. If you elect to purchase a completely different board, you probably will need to reinstall and probably need a new key.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.



#1
January 26, 2014 at 20:24:24
Please post the make/model of your board & the rest of your system specs. Also the problems you were having with your system & how you determined the board as the cause.

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January 26, 2014 at 20:58:17
1.
-GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3 AM3+ AMD 760G USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
-Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-550 BRONZE PSU
-AMD FX-6350 Vishera 3.9GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor
-EVGA 02G-P4-3765-KR GeForce GTX 760
2.
My computer wouldn't turn on so at first I figured it was my power supply. I put the ends of a paper clip in the 24-pin connector of my power supply and the fans started spinning. Everything was working for a couple days. The motherboard is the culprit, right?

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#3
January 27, 2014 at 06:41:17
Your analysis is wrong. Just because the fans turn doesn't mean the the PSU is good.

Do you have all the required power connections to the graphics card and the auxillary CPU power made up?

Just your CPU and graphics card can pull almost 25A@ 12v. Your 12v rail is rated at 38A but that doesn't mean it is supplying that much.

Remove the graphics card after unplugging the computer and then try booting with the onboard GPU.

Disconnect any unnecessary external hardware too.


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January 27, 2014 at 09:09:50
✔ Best Answer
As above, your issue is probably not your motherboard. Use step by step method to determined the culprit here.
As to the question directly (in case you do need to replace it), if you replace the motherboard with the same model, you will not need to reinstall or get a new key. If you replace it with a similar model from the same vendor with the same chipset, you MIGHT get away with just replacing the drivers, but you might need to reinstall and might need to use a new key. If you elect to purchase a completely different board, you probably will need to reinstall and probably need a new key.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#5
January 27, 2014 at 16:42:12
I have tried disconnecting everything but the 24-pin connector and the cpu 4-pin before posting this and still nothing happened. I even put in a friend's psu and there wasn't a response.

And Fingers, thanks for clearing that up.


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