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Windows 7: Install backup image as a second boot os

14 Jul 2014   #1
depakjan

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.
 
 
Install backup image as a second boot os

I want to take an entire image of windows 7 in my old laptop and install it as a second boot in my new laptop... my new laptop has win 8.1 in c drive ... i would like to install my old windows in my d drive ... is this possible ?


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14 Jul 2014   #2
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Possible but illegal. The Windows 7 on the old laptop is tied to that hardware and is not moveable.
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14 Jul 2014   #3
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

If you only bought one copy of win7, you can only have it on one machine at a time.

If you have a coa sticker and you are able to activate it on the new machine yourself, you are not supposed to keep using it on the old machine as well.

Of you can ring MS . You will have to tell them your old machine has died, or whatever, and you are only using it on one machine. They will activate it for you.
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14 Jul 2014   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Is your Windows 7 a retail version or an OEM version. OEM versions are not transferrable. For retail versions the rules that SIW2 specified will apply.

Besides, an image of the old PC will most likely not work on the new PC because of the driver problem. If you have the retail installation DVD, make a new install.
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14 Jul 2014   #5
depakjan

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.
 
 

Humm ... mine is OEM version ... so looks like it's illegal ... but how is this different from "I got a new ssd and I want to move the my OS there" ...

And my question was more for these driver issues ... wouldn't windows update the drivers as per my latest machine automatically ..
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14 Jul 2014   #6
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I don't know why you think it "illegal".

If you haven't got any specific legislation in your country - which you might not have, then ring MS and get them to activate on the other machine for you.They will want to know it is only on one machine. That is fair, you only bought one license.
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14 Jul 2014   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Moving an OEM license to another PC is a violation of the EULA (end user license agreement). Moving it from a HDD to a SSD on the same PC is no problem since it stays on the same PC.
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14 Jul 2014   #8
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

1 Directive 2009/24/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 on the legal protection of computer programs (OJ 2009 L 111, p. 16).

Where the copyright holder makes available to his customer a copy – tangible or intangible
– and at the same time concludes, in return for payment of a fee, a licence agreement
granting the customer the right to use that copy for an unlimited period, that rightholder
sells the copy to the customer and thus exhausts his exclusive distribution right. Such a
transaction involves a transfer of the right of ownership of the copy. Therefore, even if the licence
agreement prohibits a further transfer, the rightholder can no longer oppose the resale of
that copy.
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14 Jul 2014   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Simon, that is a good directive. Problem with the OEM licenses is that MS is not selling the license to you but they are selling it to the OEM who in turn sells a bundle (hardware and software) to the end user. I guess that this is the reason why it has to stay part of the bundle.

That situation is different with a retail license where you buy the license from MS - usually via a reseller - but it is not bundled to anything.

That is also a reason why you violate the EULA if you buy an OEM license without being a builder who sells it in a bundle. But that they don't seem to really enforce.
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14 Jul 2014   #10
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Can you point to anything which grants an exception? I am not aware of it.

When you buy a car, you can sell it, because you have ownership of that car. You could also just sell the engine.

Are you prohibited from selling the engine because it came packaged with the car?

Not that I have ever heard of.

It wouldn't make sense. If that were the case, Software giants could just sell any little thing together with the software, then say AHA - it is part of a package, therefore you do not get ownership.

That would be absurd. I am pretty sure they haven't even bothered to try that on.
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