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Windows 7: Transferring hard drive with OEM 7 to new motherboard/build

05 Nov 2011   #11
Frosst

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

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Thanks so much for your help! I'll mark this one as solved. I will get Windows 7 in a couple of months, but this is a workable solution until that time.
Hi there
another solution is that you could try the FREE windows 8 developer edition -- download from the ms site --it's pre beta but from my own tests and looking at the companion Forum to this one (windows 8) it's stable and fast.

Most drivers work -- and you can run this on as many different hardware combinations you want -- W8 is already pre-activated.

Personally this is what I would do in this case -- licensed software such as OFFICE can be moved to another machine -- no problem it's just the OEM W7 os that can't be moved from the original machine.

Cheers
jimbo
Wow! Okay, I will do that then. I will need help though! haha

Can I burn discs of W8 so that I can install it on the new build, or do I install it now and then transfer the hard drive?

I greatly appreciate this information!

Edit: I'm downloading it now. I was wondering, is there some way to install 8 without overwriting my 7 installation? I assume I would have to create a partition?


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05 Nov 2011   #12
JaidynM

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

That's probably a good option. I'm using Windows 8 in dual boot at the moment, and it runs just fine. There's a couple of bugs that surface every now and then but for a free OS, it's great.

You can dual boot Windows 8 and Windows 7. Over on EF, we have a tutorial on how to do so. I've linked it below, give it a read and try it out.
Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista - Windows 8 Forums
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05 Nov 2011   #13
Frosst

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JaidynM View Post
That's probably a good option. I'm using Windows 8 in dual boot at the moment, and it runs just fine. There's a couple of bugs that surface every now and then but for a free OS, it's great.

You can dual boot Windows 8 and Windows 7. Over on EF, we have a tutorial on how to do so. I've linked it below, give it a read and try it out.
Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista - Windows 8 Forums
I have been reading this and a number of other tutorials. However, I am having an issue with partitions.

I'm trying to do the dual boot with 7 and 8, but I can't shrink the volume because it just says the available value is 0 MB. This has something to do with unmovable files, right? How do I remedy this?

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I just downloaded Paragon Partition Manager by the way, in case that could somehow be of help to me.


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05 Nov 2011   #14
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You've come up against one of the limitations of Windows 7's disk management utility, it's very basic.

Far better to use Easeus Partition Wizard: Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

You need to download the PW ISO and burn it to a blank CD then boot into it to partition your hard drive.

When you're done just boot back into Windows.
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05 Nov 2011   #15
Frosst

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks!

Do I have to use that program, or will Paragon work instead?
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05 Nov 2011   #16
JaidynM

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Paragon should work but Partition Wizard in my opinion, is more reliable and efficient. Also, if you use PW, you can follow tutorial provided by Andrew (seavixen32).
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05 Nov 2011   #17
Frosst

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I tried Paragon just to see if it would work so that I could speed the process along, and it worked. I created a large partition to put Windows 8 on.

I used Nero to burn the Windows 8 disc. Hope that worked out alright. I'm gonna try installing the OS now! I'm following tutorials to make sure I'm doing exactly what I'm supposed to.
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05 Nov 2011   #18
Frosst

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

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Now that I've gotten Windows 8 up and running, how do I go about installing my hard drive in my new build without any problems arising? Could the fact that Windows 7 OEM is on the drive cause any problems even though I would only be accessing Windows 8?

Keep in mind that I am 100% going to put the parts from this PC back into it in a couple of months. I just need to take the CPU and memory out for now so that I can use it until I get my new CPU (and more memory). At that point I would be able to swap the hard drive back in, access the Windows 7 OEM that is on it, and then delete the partition that it is on to retrieve my space, right? For now, assuming that checks out on a technical level, 200GB on this new partition will be enough for me.

The reason that I'd prefer not to delete my 7 installation right now is because I'd rather be dual booting instead of relying on just the 8 developer preview as my only OS. But I'll do whatever you guys say is necessary!!
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05 Nov 2011   #19
gregrocker

 

It would have been best to install Win8 once you'd moved the HD to the new hardware. It may start up, but then again it might not. The only way to be sure is to first SysPrep to move HD to another computer or use Paragon Adaptive Restore CD on the target installation once moved.

Then again it might start up on the new hardware if you want to chance it, if not you'll just have to reinstall.

While the boot files were likely updated and remain on Win7 partition, it will not otherwise come into play if you don't attempt to start it. If you do you'll likely get a prompt to reactivate soon. This might be something you want to try, though, since MS phone activation has been known to make exceptions for good cause.
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05 Nov 2011   #20
Frosst

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
It would have been best to install Win8 once you'd moved the HD to the new hardware. It may start up, but then again it might not. The only way to be sure is to first SysPrep to move HD to another computer or use Paragon Adaptive Restore CD on the target installation once moved.
Worst comes to worst, what if I just uninstalled Windows 7 OEM completely and then just kept the W8 install? Or if I uninstalled both of them and installed W8 from scratch once I finish the new build?

But before something like that, is Paragon Adaptive Restore CD free? Is there an evaluation version that would work?

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Then again it might start up on the new hardware if you want to chance it, if not you'll just have to reinstall.
Reinstall as in reinstall W8? I'm sorry, this is extremely foreign territory for me. Anyway, if so, I guess that wouldn't be difficult since I have the disc burned.


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While the boot files were likely updated and remain on Win7 partition, it will not otherwise come into play if you don't attempt to start it. If you do you'll likely get a prompt to reactivate soon. This might be something you want to try, though, since MS phone activation has been known to make exceptions for good cause.
Attempting to start it as in trying to boot into 7 at the dual boot screen?

If it asks me to reactive and I call MS, I had thought they would say that my version is OEM and therefore I cannot use it with the new PC (i.e motherboard), but that sounds interesting. Do they just give you a product key that that nullifies the OEM? What should I tell them? Where do I find the number for their service center in my area?

Thank you so much for bearing with my lack of experience in this regard. It's all very new...
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