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Windows 7: Installed Win 7 Home Premium OEM on wrong HD

24 Jan 2012   #11

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

After saving the data on the smaller drive that you want to keep, I think even formatting it with Disk Management should suffice.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I don't see an OS on the smaller drive. But maybe the whole drive is an OS with accompanying data.

The Windows.old is probably a folder that you could delete. But no need to do that if you do the next step.

For the OS in that single partition, that is a bit trickier. I would backup all data in that partition that you care to keep. Then I would delete the whole partition (with Disk Management) and make a new partition from the unallocated space to where you can restore the saved data.

If you do not have an external drive for the temporary backup, shrink the C: partition on the big drive and make a temporary partition to hold the backup data. Make it big enough that all data that you will backup will fit.


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24 Jan 2012   #12

windows 7 Home Premium(SP1) X64
 
 

OK, I think that I got it done. I did as you said and moved all files that I wished to keep over to C drive--then I did a quick format of E drive---after which I moved all the files/folders back to the clean E drive.
I also deleted the old win 7 on the C drive. Now, I appear to have a good OS with most of the garbage removed. Now to start adding all my programs again.

All this because of a HD failure that contained a copy of Win 7 Ultimate that refused to activate---not genuine. The guy who sold me the computer(already loaded) swore to me that the copy was legit---and it DID work well for 2 years.
Now, I read where there may be a workaround for that bothersome "not genuine" nonsense. Oh well, I am now running Home premium 64. which I will activate tomorrow. Will post the results.

Thanks for all the help
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24 Jan 2012   #13
whs

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Good deal. Thanks for reporting back.
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24 Jan 2012   #14
Microsoft MVP

 

Were you provided with a COA sticker for the preinstalled Windows 7 as is required to sell it?

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If so you can try the Product Key to see if it will activate as it may in fact be genuine. The procedure if it won't is to call MS Customer Service to validate the key. If it is valid they should open a case to get it installed one way or another.

If not you can use a new key. If it won't activate you may need to make the robocall to trade a series of numbers to record the hardware signature in MS Activation Servers.

I make this suggestion so you will know you did everything you can to use the preinstalled Windows 7 license you paid for, and if it works you can use the new license elsewhere.


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24 Jan 2012   #15

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

This problem is now solved for good. The thread perhaps needs to be closed.
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24 Jan 2012   #16
Microsoft MVP

 

We do not close our threads even if the OP marks it Solved. This is because detail might need to be added for the potentially thousands who will find it in Google searches.

In this case the OP had failed to mention until the end he was reinstalling against non-Genuine without addressing that issue. Having reinstalled he has the option to try his old key as a last resort before writing off a $100+ preinstalled OS. If it activates he can use any new key elsewhere. If not he and all others will at least know all was done that could have been.
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25 Jan 2012   #17

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

Thank you for the clarification which is noted for the future. I misstated for which I express sincere regrets. What I meant was that it should perhaps be marked as solved.
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25 Jan 2012   #18
Microsoft MVP

 

No prob. Just wanted you and others to know why it's OK to comment in a thread which appears resolved. Some threads are visited by Google searchers countless times and need to be as complete as possible.

OP can mark the thread Solved at top.

You can also report a thread which clearly appears to be solved and the Mods will mark it.
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25 Jan 2012   #19

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

In fact I have myself commented on threads that have been marked as solved. Thanks again.
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25 Jan 2012   #20

windows 7 Home Premium(SP1) X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hawker22 View Post
OK, I think that I got it done. I did as you said and moved all files that I wished to keep over to C drive--then I did a quick format of E drive---after which I moved all the files/folders back to the clean E drive.
I also deleted the old win 7 on the C drive. Now, I appear to have a good OS with most of the garbage removed. Now to start adding all my programs again.

All this because of a HD failure that contained a copy of Win 7 Ultimate that refused to activate---not genuine. The guy who sold me the computer(already loaded) swore to me that the copy was legit---and it DID work well for 2 years.
Now, I read where there may be a workaround for that bothersome "not genuine" nonsense. Oh well, I am now running Home premium 64. which I will activate tomorrow. Will post the results.

Thanks for all the help
This copy of Win 7 activated with no problem. I now consider my problem solved and will indicate so. Thanks for all the help.
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