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Windows 7: Hard Drive Swap?

09 Mar 2014   #1
qurious

Windows 7 Home 64 bit
 
 
Hard Drive Swap?

Some time ago I replaced an IDE hard drive with Windows 8 installed for an SSD drive onto which I installed Windows 7. I would like to know if I can temporarily swap back to the IDE drive (Windows 8) while I obtain the Windows Product Key (embedded in BIOS apparently) and then replace the SSD drive (Windows 7), or boot from an external docking station and if so how do I do that?


I am totally confused about the BIOS. Does a different OS change the BIOS details? Any help will be greatly appreciated.


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09 Mar 2014   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Yes, you can switch it back and it should boot up no problem.
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09 Mar 2014   #3
qurious

Windows 7 Home 64 bit
 
 

Thank you for your reply AddRAM!!
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09 Mar 2014   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I`m no windows 8 expert, but there`s no key embedded in the bios. It`s in the operating system, and unless it`s a retail key, it`s useless to you on another computer.
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