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Windows 7: Can I use slmgr on a drive conneced to a different computer?

09 Oct 2013   #1

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Can I use slmgr on a drive conneced to a different computer?

I have a WD 1TB drive with Windows 7 Home Premium installed on it. The computer that it was in is completely apart for a rebuild. Upon reassembly I'm going to install Windows 7 Pro and use Windows 7 Home Premium for a HTPC build.

Can I connect the WD drive to my laptop (with a SATA dock) and use slmgr to deactivate Windows 7? I forgot about doing it before I took the computer apart.


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09 Oct 2013   #2
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Just insert the Product Key again during Clean Install Windows 7. If prompted during activation with the question if Windows 7 is only installed on one PC, you must answer Yes which will effectively deactivate it on any other PC once it connects to the web.

If you're moving Windows 7 to new hardware after Sysprepping or using adaptive restore, then that removes activation anyway.


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10 Oct 2013   #3

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Thank you greg
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