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Windows 7: Dead Laptop - Transfer Windows Home Premium to New Computer?

28 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64
Dead Laptop - Transfer Windows Home Premium to New Computer?

My lappy is dying a certain death and I want to remove the Windows 7 Home Premium OS from it and install it on a new desk top that I am building. Can this be accomplished? I really don't want to spend the $100 for an OEM version when I don't need to.

Thank you in advance for the help.

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28 Nov 2010   #2
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If it is retail then you can migrate it to any machine of your choice. OEM dies with the machine.

With Upgrade version, you need to have a qualifying retail XP or Vista on hand which you don't use again, but it doesn't have to be installed.

When you boot an Upgrade version DVD to clean install to a new HD, you need to wait until after install to insert the Product Key and activate so you can do a workaround given here: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version The Registry change is much easier I have found.
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