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Windows 7: How to transfer windows

30 Jul 2014   #11
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigboi972 View Post
do I have to delete windows off my old machine before transferring it will the license work if windows is still active on my old machine
Delete it after a succesfull transfer!


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30 Jul 2014   #12
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30 Jul 2014   #13
AddRAM

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What exactly do you mean by "can I transfer my copy of windows " ??

Do you expect to take the OS that`s installed on the hard drive in the laptop and put it on your desktop ? If so...... Why ???

Or do you want to install windows fresh on the desktop and use your retail key ?

I`m sure it`s just your wording that confuses me

Where is your retail Windows 7 DVD ?

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30 Jul 2014   #14
essenbe

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You will always be better off doing a clean install of Windows, especially on new hardware. I believe everyone will agree with that. But you can transfer the OS, but you are taking a risk and may even be transferring some things you don't want to transfer. Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer
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31 Jul 2014   #15
bigboi972

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sorry for the confusion I am trying to do a clean install with a retail copy of windows. I just wanna know will I be able to activate that copy of windows on the new machine if its still on the old laptop thats all also is it possible to take the retail disk and make a boot able flash drive with it
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31 Jul 2014   #16
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigboi972 View Post
I just wanna know will I be able to activate that copy of windows on the new machine if its still on the old laptop thats all also is it possible to take the retail disk and make a boot able flash drive with it
I've reinstalled on a new hard drive connected to a new motherboard with a new CPU without ever "deactivating" or "uninstalling" from the old PC. I had no trouble activating the same retail license on the new hardware.

I suspect I would have run into trouble if I had then continued to use the old PC with the same license--particularly if I continued to get Windows Updates. I didn't do that. Instead, I installed Vista on the old PC and put it in the closet to be used only in an emergency.

I'm not sure how it works, but MS apparently has some sort of algorithm where it sniffs your PC. New hardware is generally tolerated without incident within reason if a retail license is found. I think the algorithm takes into account both the extent of the hardware changes and the frequency of the changes. You might have to activate by calling a number and interacting with a robotic voice or even possibly talking to a human at MS. I can't remember the exact details of the procedure that I once had to go through. I don't think I ever had to talk to a human.

As far as flash drives go, I think there is a way to transfer the contents of a retail DVD to a flash drive and make it bootable. Probably a tutorial on this site. You could also just download a legit Windows 7 ISO from Digital River and put it on a flash drive.
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31 Jul 2014   #17
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Yes, you can make an iso out of your dvd, but as ignatz has said, it`s so much easier to just download the iso file then put it on the flash drive.

You can use Imgburn to make the iso image from your dvd.

http://imgburn.com/index.php?act=download

I like using these 2 tools, they both work great.

WiNToBootic bootable usb drive windows vista/7/8 - Bootable USB | Bootable USB

or

Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
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