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Windows 7: Transfer of a HDD w/ win7 to new computer!


05 Sep 2011   #1

Win7 pro 64bit oem version
 
 
Transfer of a HDD w/ win7 to new computer!

ok im not sure what to do, this is why i joined this forum hoping to get some helpful answers from any techs or someone who has experienced my situation..

first off i have/had a Dell xps 710, and it originally came with vista, but my old old, hdd crashed, and i bought a new hdd, along with a new Windows 7 64bit oem version approximatly 5-6 months ago, installed it and everything was on the money!!

now this is where i run into my problem, now my motherboard has failed on me, and im in the process of building a new computer from scratch.. new everything except my hardrive(since its brand new 5-6 months ago), and video card...

how would i take my hard drive with Windows 7 64 bit oem version installed on it and use it on my new setup.. i really dont wanna buy another Windows 7 when i literally just bought it.. i read on here that somone posted doing it through "sysprep", but i cant do the first few steps since my mobo is shot... before i make this post anymore confusing this is my situation what should/could i do to make this work using my hdd with Windows 7 already on it along with my 4000+ audio files any thing else on the hard drive i could care less about...

p.s not sure if this is 100% accurate i have not read into it, but i hear Windows 7 unlike other win versions are now bound to mobo once installed.. if this is the case am i sh!t out of luck, or are their ways around it? please please help!!! any feedback would be fantastic

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05 Sep 2011   #2

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05 Sep 2011   #3

Win7 pro 64bit oem version
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
i went to this thread and read it, and thats why i said that i could not do the "sysprep" because right now i cant turn my pc on cause the motherboard is bad.. but appreciate the reply... what i understood from that tutorial is that before i do the swap i need to do a "sysprep" to prepare for swapping it to a new setup, if im understanding this wrong please le me know...
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05 Sep 2011   #4

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Part two

or
Run Paragon Adaptive Restore CD on the new PC, before starting up for the first time,
be sure to have the any drivers at hand, as you may need to add the drivers to your old Windows installation.
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05 Sep 2011   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

You are SOL as you have an OEM version of windows and it is tied to the first system on which it is activated. A retail version can be transferred to other units as long as it is on only one at a time.

Jim
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05 Sep 2011   #6

Win7 pro 64bit oem version
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
You are SOL as you have an OEM version of windows and it is tied to the first system on which it is activated. A retail version can be transferred to other units as long as it is on only one at a time.

Jim
if i called microsoft and explained my situation, do you think they can work something out with me?
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05 Sep 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You can certainly try, but I wouldn't raise hopes too high if I were you.

They don't normally give support for OEM software but if you be extra nice and convince them you're only using the software on one computer they may give you an activation ID.

Depends who you speak to and what sort of mood they are in. If at first you don't succeed.........................
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05 Sep 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

Fern:

I highly doubt MS will break their licensing policy for your situation.

You may want to look into apps such as Macrium Reflect Macrium Reflect Backup and Hard Disk Imaging for Windows 7, Vista, XP and Server 2003/2008

They now include a copy of Redeploy which lets you copy image over to dissimilar HW...
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05 Sep 2011   #9

Win7 pro 64bit oem version
 
 

It's just very upsetting that I paid money for a program and didn't even get a half of a year out of it... I didn't plan for this... I can understand if i got 2-3 years out of it, but it's been so short...
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05 Sep 2011   #10

Win 7, 32bit, Premium
 
 

Call Microsoft. I think they will understand your issue.
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