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Windows 7: Install W7 Retail Copy to New PC?

27 Sep 2013   #1

Windows 7 Beta Build 7000 32Bit Using Virtual PC engine/vhd
 
 
Install W7 Retail Copy to New PC?

Hi all, been a good while since I last posted.

Anyway been having lots of PC breakdowns, had to reinstall, etc, etc. but problems keep happening. Tried all the usual methods to get PC working properly, but just keep finding new problems, be it software or hardware related.

I have a retail copy of Windows 7. So my questions are:

1) Can I install Windows 7 on a new PC with the Retail Disk? or

2) Can I switch my Windows 7 Hard Drive to a New PC, and boot from it, thus saving all my files, pictures, software, etc, etc?

Look forward to your replys. Kind regards, Algypalgy

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27 Sep 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Algypalgy,

Yes, you will be able to reinstall and activate your retail Windows 7 to a new computer.

Personally, I would recommend to back up anything that you do not want to lose, and do a clean install to start fresh. You'll most likely just have more issues trying to run a Windows 7 installed on one PC on another.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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27 Sep 2013   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

If you move the HD to a new PC and it won't start Windows 7, then you can also use this method to Make Windows 7 bootable after motherboard swap

But first make sure you have a perfect install on tested hardware as described in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 (same for retail) with the hardware tests run from Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7.
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28 Sep 2013   #4

Windows 7 Beta Build 7000 32Bit Using Virtual PC engine/vhd
 
 

Many Thanks Brink and gregrocker. I would like to try both methods and see how I get on.

Much appreciated, kind regards, Algypalgy.
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28 Sep 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Glad we could help. Please let us know how it went.
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