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Windows 7: I reinstalled windows 7 (activated), can i restore files from a clone?

17 Dec 2013   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Is this a Windows 7 OEM license or a retail license ?


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17 Dec 2013   #12
antonio2501

Windows 7
 
 

i think it's OEM. it worked when i activated it with the new install.
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17 Dec 2013   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Usually you cannot reactivate an OEM license when the mobo changed. But if it worked, you were lucky.
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18 Dec 2013   #14
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Usually you cannot reactivate an OEM license when the mobo changed. But if it worked, you were lucky.
Ditto.
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18 Dec 2013   #15
antonio2501

Windows 7
 
 

It seems my luck has run out. It's asking me to activate on my old account. What a shame. I guess i'm going to have to stick to the new install of windows, as that's the one that successfully updated. so should i make a backup of my unactivated account and store it to the new account. and if so, will everything be intact? thank you guys so much, for your help. if there's any way to donate or buy you a beer, it would be an honor. you saved me $100.00 USD. it's the least i can do.
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18 Dec 2013   #16
Kaktussoft

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by antonio2501 View Post
i'm afraid to activate, considering i activated with a new install of windows 7 on the same computer. thank you.
It's technically not the same computer anymore... you changed everything. Old Computer hardware will never boot anymore. What license did you have ... OEM or RETAIL?
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18 Dec 2013   #17
antonio2501

Windows 7
 
 

it did boot. any way i can show you?
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18 Dec 2013   #18
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by antonio2501 View Post
it did boot. any way i can show you?
It's booting now succesfully? Don't understand anymore
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18 Dec 2013   #19
antonio2501

Windows 7
 
 

its booting, just on another harddrive, using the same key, on the same computer.
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18 Dec 2013   #20
antonio2501

Windows 7
 
 

i'm going to try to back up my data/account and apply it to the harddrive that is currently activated. i'm worried that activating my other harddrive (my main hdd) the one i had a problem with in the first place, will just be denied activation.
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