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Windows 7: Transfer Windows 7 Pro build to new comp, with new key


01 Aug 2013   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Transfer Windows 7 Pro build to new comp, with new key

I am assembling a second computer with identical CPU and motherboard:
i7-4770K, ASRock Extreme 4 Z87, CPU-video
RAM of second computer to be determined

Can I use a clone of the Windows 7 Pro build from the first computer, and simply change the key?
I have another, unused copy of Windows 7 Pro.

The first computer has had multiple hard drives & SSDs, RAM sticks, etc.,
but always the same CPU and motherboard.

Will the history of the first computer compromise the second computer (with its new key)?


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01 Aug 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

If its an unused Product Key you should be fine on the new build. One key per computer . Unless you purchase the Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack ( for 3 computers ) . Don't think they sell those anymore.


Where did you get the product key ? Keys come with discs ( legit versions )
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01 Aug 2013   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I have another OEM Windows 7 Pro disk package, from Newegg.
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01 Aug 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Ok then that OEM disc should have a COA sticker on it .
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01 Aug 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

If you already own OEM version on that PC then the existing key might reactivate on the same mobo. This is how OEM's often handle this. It's worth a try.

Any other retail SKU can of course migrate wherever you want. If it's Upgrade version it requires a copy of qualifying OS being available and not used while serving as qualifier.
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01 Aug 2013   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Not sure I understand "reactivate". I am adding an additional computer, and plan to continue using the first.

The boxes each have a different COA Barcode. That is different from the product keys, which are also different from the barcode, and from each other.
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01 Aug 2013   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

What gregrocker is saying that once you use that key you can't use it on another PC . It goes to that motherboard you first installed it on .
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01 Aug 2013   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

OK, it wasn't clear you intend to keep using the first PC.

In that case you'd need the second license, but yes you can change the Product Key after cloning at Computer>Properties or using SLMgr Commands to insert key and activate from Command Line.
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02 Aug 2013   #9

Windows 7
 
 

The windows 7 pro is a multiple (3) use. So i guess u should not have a problem. In any case as you mentioned you have another unused copy which might be used if this fails.
Secondly be assured the history of your current computer is not going to dent your new computer.
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02 Aug 2013   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by VTechSquad View Post
The windows 7 pro is a multiple (3) use. So i guess u should not have a problem.
Which Windows 7 Pro is multiple use? Have never seen this before.

Can we see a link please?
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