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Windows 7: Win7 OEM disk new HD install. What do I need?

29 Aug 2010   #1
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 
Win7 OEM disk new HD install. What do I need?

I have Win7 64bit Pro OEM version installed from original Windows disc installed and operating now.

I have a new HD. It is a larger capacity than the one I am using at the moment.
I would like to use the new larger HD for the primary and use the smaller HD for the storage.
Installing the OS I understand and already did on this PC.


Will I need a new activation key?
If so where do I get it?
Is there something else I need?
Is there a simpler solution?
Is there a thread already that explains this? If so I searched for over 30 minutes with no results.

Links to the right info would help if it already exists.


Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks
Mike


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29 Aug 2010   #2
billynomates

Win7 HP 64bit
 
 

We'll take it as read that you know how to "swap your drives".
You won't need a new key but you may have to activate "by phone" as it's a hardware change.

Just read it's OEM, apart from what I've said above I've had no other issues and I've done the same as you are planning.
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29 Aug 2010   #3
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

I recently moved a win7 Prof install from a 80gb laptop to a new 250gb HD for the laptop with the built in win7 backup image by putting the image on an external USB HD.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
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29 Aug 2010   #4
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Yes I can swap the drives.
Brinks tutorials took care of what I didn't know.

By phone to whom?

Mike
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29 Aug 2010   #5
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hopalong X View Post
Yes I can swap the drives.
Brinks tutorials took care of what I didn't know.

By phone to whom?

Mike
You may have to call the Microsoft Phone activation line for OEM upgrade of HD, Maybe!
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29 Aug 2010   #6
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Doc
I read that tutorial and was planning that after the new HD is installed.

Will that image install to a new HD or only to the original? That wasn't included in the tutorial.
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29 Aug 2010   #7
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

I didn't have an OEM install DVD. I had a retail Prof. DVD. The orig. install was on an old Compaq V5000 with 768mb ram & a 80gb HD. I did the image backup to a 1tb Ext HD via USB 1.1 ( It was really slow, like 12 hours) But when I installed the new 250gb HD in the laptop, I booted from the DVD & went to the section that says restore from backup. It found the image on the 1tb HD & started the restore. It took about 3 hours ( again USB 1.1) But it restored everything settings, programs, files, etc. And I did not have to re-activate with my key
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29 Aug 2010   #8
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Thanks Doc!

That was what I needed to know.

Greatly appreciated.

Found this if it becomes necessary. Activation and registration link. Phone #'s etc.
Activation and registration of a Microsoft product

I will try the imaging first.
Mike
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29 Aug 2010   #9
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

That was my first time to restore an image backup

But I was very patient with it taking it's time doing it since it was an old laptop & I wanted to learn some new methods
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29 Aug 2010   #10
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

If activation is needed, just follow the link at Computer>Properties to insert your Product Key.

If an automated call is needed, it will prompt you with phone number.
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