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Windows 7: Upgrading Home Premium to New Computer

01 May 2014   #1
bobland

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit Retail
 
 
Upgrading Home Premium to New Computer

My wife's old system is being replaced with a new computer. The old one has an ancient IDE hard disk. The new one has an SSD. Will I have trouble moving the contents of the old to the new in regards to licensing issues?

Ideally, I'd like to reinstall Windows on the new computer and just copy the pertinent files over. They are backed up every night to my backup drive. Will this be an option?

Any other options or suggestions are welcome.

Thanks,
Burt


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01 May 2014   #2
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

It all depends whether you have a retail copy of Windows or an OEM copy. If you have a retail copy you're good to go, if it's OEM it's tied to the old machine.
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01 May 2014   #3
bobland

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit Retail
 
 

The package says "Windows 7 Home Prem OEM Software" Does this mean I have to buy another copy? Are there other options?
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01 May 2014   #4
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobland View Post
The package says "Windows 7 Home Prem OEM Software" Does this mean I have to buy another copy? Are there other options?
That's the old or new machine?
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01 May 2014   #5
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Is her new computer going to have an os on it preinstalled already?
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01 May 2014   #6
bobland

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit Retail
 
 

The new machine is home built. It's on my desk waiting for a new SSD and is otherwise all ready to go. So far, I'm reading that re-licensing an OEM license is a crap shoot. However, if I have to buy a new license, I'm wondering if I should buy 8.1 because, apparently, 8.1 is not tied to the motherboard.

I'm sensing that 8.x is near its end of life because not many people are buying it. For that reason, I'd hate to have to buy 2 more OS just to get this machine working.
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01 May 2014   #7
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Did you use this "Windows 7 Home Prem OEM Software" to install windows 7 on this ancient hard drive ?

Or did you recently purchase it and have not used it yet ?
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01 May 2014   #8
bobland

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit Retail
 
 

It was installed years ago on the old computer. I really don't want to buy another license especially since the old computer is barely alive.
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01 May 2014   #9
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You could always use it to install 7 on the ssd, and see if it will activate.
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01 May 2014   #10
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobland View Post
The new machine is home built. It's on my desk waiting for a new SSD and is otherwise all ready to go. So far, I'm reading that re-licensing an OEM license is a crap shoot. However, if I have to buy a new license, I'm wondering if I should buy 8.1 because, apparently, 8.1 is not tied to the motherboard.

I'm sensing that 8.x is near its end of life because not many people are buying it. For that reason, I'd hate to have to buy 2 more OS just to get this machine working.
It sounds to me that you are saying the Win 7 came on the old computer pre-installed. If that is the case, you can not move it to the PC you just built. You would need to buy a new copy of either Win 7 or Win 8.1, whichever you decide on. I am sure that most people here would suggest Win 7. There are many here who have tried Win 8 and gone back to Win 7.
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