I have a home built PC that is two years old. The MOBO failed WIN7 Home Premium x64 (new, on disk, no SP1). The Specs. ASUS P5Q Turbo, Q8400 Intel Core2 quad @2.66GHZ, 8GB RAM 4x2 GB., 2ea 750GB WD in RAID 1 (OS), 1ea 1TB WD internal backup.
When the MOBO went down it apparently took out the OS with it, a little at a time. I was unable to restore, satisfactorily from internal backup, also not from USB backup on desk. Not from CRASHPLAN on internet. Attempted a nondestructive reinstall using Woodies plan on Win Secrets, then a clean restore.
It was here that I tested all components and found that they all worked. Couldn't test MOBO so sent it back to ASUS.
While waiting for its return decided to introduce an SSD--Intel 520 as OS and programs disk and use the 1 TB and 2 750 GB hdd's as data disks.
Since I don't want WIN 8 and the only WIN7 I have is an up grade disk M'sft. isn't likely to be happy about relicensing. How am I going to get a clean, legit with M'sft. copy on my SSD? One other thing, I have a copy of XP Home 32 bit.