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I am going to a new windows 7 box

TIMFOX123
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I have all my stuff setup on my windows 7 computer.

Unfortunately I can not add memory, CPU or a video card ( it is a mini-itx )

I am going to a larger box and all new hardware.

What are the chance my computer will actually boot and work with all new hardware ?  Am I  in hurt city ?

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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It depends.  If you are using an OEM install of Windows 7, you cannot.  The install dies with the hardware it's first installed on.

If you're using a retail, full version of Windows 7, then it will PROBABLY work fine though you may need to update some drivers afterwards.  You MIGHT also have some DRM issues if you do things like run Windows Media Center or have DRM enabled music.  (I did this with a media center system and playready failed and couldn't be fixed so I couldn't watch or record new programs.  Other than that, it worked fine for me, though it required a few reboots to adjust to all the hardware changes.  In the end I reinstalled from scratch, but if it were never used with DRM, it shouldn't have been a problem for me).
Don't forget that significant hardware changes will also trigger re-activation of your copy of Windows. Keep your license key handy and ensure you are still able to connect to the internet to activate.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
Most Valuable Expert 2013

Commented:
You shouldn't need to re-enter the license key.  Re-Activate yes, but not re-key.  And again, you can't do this with an OEM copy (I stress this because MOST people have OEM copies, not full retail which is what you need for this be done.

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Cool I am going to try it.

First check if you have retail or OEM before continuing as leew suggested.
This check is pretty simple to do, open a command prompt and run slmgr using the /dli (display license information) argument.

Start -> Run...
cmd.exe
slmgr /dli

This will display this specifying if your copy is OEM or retail:
 Script output
BTW, I never said you will need to re-key. I have seen rare cases where the key is required again as well as activation, normally when moving a drive to an entirely new system. Seems to be edition specific as well so just be prepared in any case, won't hurt...

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Cool I am retail

thanks guys !!!!!

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thanks !!!

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Hello

I tried this and "no dice"

I rebuilt my system.  

Sad to hear that. Not always a bad thing starting fresh though.

Any feedback on why the experience was unsuccessful?

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I will admit I am mostly a Linux server admin and 15 years ago I made the switch.  

working and working and the Microsoft  wizards could not make it boot.  error was that it seemed to have booted.  It never booted.  

Without a lot of work I can not explain this.  I do have a retail window 7 pro.

I never use any exotic hardware ( too cheap to purchase it ) and with linux I keep it all extremely popular stuff.