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Windows 7: Getting New Win 7 Pro PC To Work With Old Home Premium Drive

22 Jan 2015   #31
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Did the seller say it was new un opened ?

Do they guarentee it ?

Seems to be a lot here, but who knows if the keys were used already.

Windows 7 retail | eBay


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22 Jan 2015   #32
Adelphi1

Win7 64bit Home Premium
 
 

Unopened yes, guaranteed, no. If that does not work, I will return it. I have another idea that will work for me that will use Windows Anytime.
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22 Jan 2015   #33
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Windows Anytime Upgrade ?

That`s history, has been for a long time.
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22 Jan 2015   #34
Adelphi1

Win7 64bit Home Premium
 
 

Just for the heeck of it, I ran it on my professional PC at work, it offered me a $130 upgrade to Ultimate.
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22 Jan 2015   #35
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

I skimmed through your thread and have two questions, both might be moot:
  1. The 3TB drive in the docking station. Is the docking station capable of supporting drives larger than 2TB ... some aren't and have corrupted the drive.

  2. dsperber suggested borrowing the work machine and taking it home so you could work on your project overnight.
    How about taking your home machine into work?

You have some very good help here, I just saw two things to comment on.

Bill
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22 Jan 2015   #36
Adelphi1

Win7 64bit Home Premium
 
 

Greg Rocker

See my post #27, my new T5610 has two separate CPUs. Home Premium does not support multi-processors, it is not cores.

My old hard drive boots up on the Optiplex 990 because that PC has 1 processor, the T5610 is 2 processors. See Dsperber Post #18, I need Pro to run a CPU with two CPUs.
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22 Jan 2015   #37
Adelphi1

Win7 64bit Home Premium
 
 

Slartybart

I see what you are talking about. I will try using a hard drive less than 2 TB for my backup.

Logistically, bring home PC to work is very difficult. But can and will be done if necessary.

Thanks for the help.
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22 Jan 2015   #38
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

You're welcome Adelphi,

You can check your docking station to see if it supports higher than 2TB drives. I didn't see any make or model info about the dock when I skimmed, so I just threw that out there. If the specs don't mention larger than 2 TB drives, it might not.

Understood about home machines at work.
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25 Jan 2015   #39
Adelphi1

Win7 64bit Home Premium
 
 

Status:

Still waiting for my Retail Professional DVD. Meanwhile, listening to the wonderful people here, I dug up a 1 TB drive and using software recommended here, I cloned it and the drive is bootable. Thank you everyone!!!!

Should my Windows 7 Professional Retail never come, what are my options?

I cannot upgrade my Home Premium hard drive on my new PC because my new PC has 2 CPUs, Home Premium does not run on a PC with 2 CPUs.

I always thought the difference between an OEM upgrade and a retail upgrade is that the OEM upgrade will only work on the CPU you are upgrading. Retail allows you to upgrade the hard drive, then use the hard drive with a different CPU.

Or am I wrong? Can I upgrade my old Home Premium hard drive with either an OEM DVD or via Windows Anytime Upgrade and then take it home, boot it on my home PC and then activate it. I would NOT be activating it on the CPU that I upgrade it on.

Again, thank you everyone for their help
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25 Jan 2015   #40
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Adelphi1 View Post
I always thought the difference between an OEM upgrade and a retail upgrade is that the OEM upgrade will only work on the CPU you are upgrading. Retail allows you to upgrade the hard drive, then use the hard drive with a different CPU.
OEM licensing is for one "machine", generally defined as motherboard/CPU combination. Upgrading peripherals (e.g. hard drives, video cards, add more memory, etc.) does not alter the "machine" and you're free to do any of these minor upgrades or peripheral device replacements.

If you change motherboards you would not be allowed to use that OEM license on the "new machine". There is no transferring of an OEM license to a second "machine". I believe the same holds for replacing CPU, and you're also not allowed to change CPU's. Of course if you simply replace dead hardware with a new version of the same model then that's allowed.

I believe the above is what defines an OEM license.

Retail licenses have no such limitations on upgrading any hardware components, including motherboard and CPU. You're allowed to upgrade anything.

But you can only use the retail license product key on "one machine at a time", where again the "machine" is essentially defined by motherboard and CPU. So if you're planning this type of fundamental hardware upgrade from an already activated retail license machine, you're supposed to first DEACTIVATE the license for the current "machine" mobo/CPU, then swap the mobo/CPU hardware retaining the existing hard drive with its installed Windows, then bring up the existing installed Windows (from the existing hard drive) on the new mobo/CPU, then ACTIVATE the license for the new mobo/CPU "machine".

Same if you wanted to reinstall Windows from scratch. You're free to do that on the same machine with a retail license without concern for DEACTIVATE/ACTIVATE. But if you wanted to install this Windows system from scratch on a new machine using the same license (i.e. taking your old machine out of service while upgrading to new fundamental hardware), you would have to first DEACTIVATE on the old machine and then use the product key to ACTIVATE on the new machine's freshly installed Windows. This is allowed.

This transfer of your retail license from one machine (which is no longer being used) to a second machine is allowed, as your retail license allows you to run this Windows activated on any one "machine" at a time. But you can't run it on two machines simultaneously , meaning you cannot "activate" the same retail product key on two machines simultaneously.

I believe the above defines a retail license.
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