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Windows 7: Windows 7 Product key on case, but no hard drive.

26 May 2014   #1
jstaron7

Vista
 
 
Windows 7 Product key on case, but no hard drive.

Hi,
Have a pc with the Windows 7 Product key sticker on the case, but no hard drive. Can I install a hard drive and use this product key?

Thanks,
Joe


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26 May 2014   #2
Boozad

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

Yes. I can't see any reason why not.
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26 May 2014   #3
jstaron7

Vista
 
 
Windows 7 Product key on case, but no hard drive.

Thanks!

Joe
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26 May 2014   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

One small problem.
If the missing hard drive is used
on another computer with that COA key you will not be able to use it.

One COA key can only be used on one computer at one time.

Just use the key and see if it works. If it's a double install Microsoft will let you know.
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26 May 2014   #5
Boozad

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

Good point by Layback. I was just presuming you'd removed the HDD yourself.
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26 May 2014   #6
gregrocker

 

A COA sticker Product Key for preinstalled Win7 OEM can only be activated on the mobo it came with.

I'd consider carefully getting an SSD which are down to around $50-60 for 120gb which is the best upgrade one can get now, lightning fast with a decent processor and enough RAM, with about a 10 second boot.

Then Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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30 May 2014   #7
jstaron7

Vista
 
 

Hi,

Thanks for the responses. The new hard drive was erased using military specs. How long will it take for Microsoft to show a "non genuine os"? I had a laptop will a new hard drive than ran for about three months before Microsoft popped up and caused me to use a phone call to register it. I feel uncomfortable selling the pc if this might happen.

Joe
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30 May 2014   #8
gregrocker

 

It's all in the tutorial.
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30 May 2014   #9
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jstaron7 View Post
Hi,

Thanks for the responses. The new hard drive was erased using military specs. How long will it take for Microsoft to show a "non genuine os"? I had a laptop will a new hard drive than ran for about three months before Microsoft popped up and caused me to use a phone call to register it. I feel uncomfortable selling the pc if this might happen.

Joe
You can also use phone activation to be sure.

But look at the full tutorial that was provided.
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13 Jun 2014   #10
jstaron7

Vista
 
 
Windows 7 Product key on case, but no hard drive.

Hi,

I don't have a CD to re-install Windows 7. I have a Windows 7 upgrade CD. The recommended tutorial mentions "If your download is unavailable, download another version and unlock all versions with eicfg removal tool". Where would I "download another version of Windows 7"?

Thanks,
Joe
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