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Windows 7: My disk and his activation key?

09 May 2012   #11
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

OK, just take it step by step and you should be fine.


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09 May 2012   #12
cashcow

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

I do have one more question while I wait for it to finish downloading.

How exactly do I wipe his old HDD so I can do a fresh install?
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09 May 2012   #13
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You'll be able to do that during the install procedure, it's all in the tutorial.

When you boot into your installation media, you'll choose a Custom install and be given the opportunity to delete the existing partition (s) on the hard drive and create a new one for Windows.
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09 May 2012   #14
cashcow

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Ah ok I see it now.
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09 May 2012   #15
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Jolly good.
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09 May 2012   #16
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cashcow View Post
My friend is building a new computer and wants to re use his HDD. He currently has an AMD set up, and is moving to all intel. Well I know he'll have to reformat his HDD essentially wiping all the data and having to re install windows 7.

My question is, can we use my windows 7 disk that I used for my PC, but use his activation key that is on the sticker on his pre build machine?
Not if you're changing the mobo. An OEM version is tied to the mobo and cannot migrate to another.

He would need to buy a retail Builder's OEM license, or if he has any retail XP or Vista laying around it can be used to qualify for Upgrade version even if it isn't installed. Otherwise it will need to be full retail version.
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10 May 2012   #17
rraod

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

Andrew,

I believe a Home Premium key works for both 32 bit and 64 bit Windows 7 Home Premium. The only difference in keys are retail and OEM keys. Am I right?
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10 May 2012   #18
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

The deal is one key, one licence. You can use the same product key for both the 32-bit and the 64-bit versions, but not both at the same time.

If you use the 32-bit version you must uninstall the 64-bit version if you've already installed that and vice versa.

An OEM key is tied to the motherboard of the computer you first install it on and cannot be used on another computer.

A retail key can be transferred to another computer providing the software is uninstalled from the old computer first.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...sked-questions
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10 May 2012   #19
rraod

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

Thanks Andrew. Very helpful.
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10 May 2012   #20
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You're very welcome Rao, pleased to be of help.
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