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Windows 7: How to transfer windows

30 Jul 2014   #1
bigboi972

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
How to transfer windows

Currently I am using windows 7 on my laptop. I am building a pc and wanna know how can I transfer my copy of windows along with the license of course with just a flash drive ?


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30 Jul 2014   #2
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

If it is a retail copy of Windows 7, then yes it can be transferred.

If it is the OEM copy that was part of the laptop originally, then it can't be transferred.
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30 Jul 2014   #3
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Probably can't do that legally.

The laptop license is likely an OEM license, which means it is restricted to the laptop. Even if you got it transferred, you'd likely run into activation issues.
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30 Jul 2014   #4
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

US might be different from the EU. I have no idea if you can transfer it if you are in US.

You should be able to make an image ( depending on size) store it on flash. Restore to HD in new pc.

Aomei backupper, paragon backup and restore free, macrium free ., etc will all do the job.

After restoring image to new machine, you can run Paragon rescue kit 14 free bootable linux cd. Go to Boot corrector, and use make bootable on new hardware option.

Alternatively, you could sysprep your installation before imaging it

You will have a sticker on your current laptop with product key. It might work straight off to activate, if in doubt, ring MS on free phone number. You can find the number by typing slui 4 in start search box.
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30 Jul 2014   #5
bigboi972

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

o sorry I forgot to mention its a legal retail copy not pre installed
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30 Jul 2014   #6
gregrocker

 

If you own a retail copy you can migrate it to any PC you want. If Upgrade it needs a qualifying retail copy of XP or Vista which doesn't need to be installed.

Best to do a Clean Install Windows 7 but if you like the install you have and can migrate its retail license or plan to buy the same version license to replace an OEM license, you can Adjust Win7 to boot on new hardware with Paragon Adaptive Restore CD.
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30 Jul 2014   #7
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

This always amuses me.

Back in 1991 there was a European directive:

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The first sale in the Community of a copy of a program by the rightholder or with his consent shall exhaust the distribution right
Andrew Katz of Moorcrofts Corporate Law, explained that under European law Microsoft has no right to stop you selling on any copy of Windows, including preinstalled versions.

It is quite funny:

Quote:
In English, this means that once Microsoft has sold a copy of Windows anywhere in the European Union (actually the European Economic Area, but let's not quibble over another country or three), it has no control over how that copy is subsequently distributed...

Reading this, barrack room lawyers will be saying "Stop! Microsoft doesn't sell its software - it licenses it - so these rules don't apply". Bollocks.

The only way of reading this provision consistent with the "purposive" approach of interpreting European law is that "sale ... of a copy ... by the rightholder or with his consent" means "sale of a licensed copy". "Exhaust the distribution right of that copy" means "Prevent Microsoft having any control on how that copy is transferred from user to user".
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30 Jul 2014   #8
bigboi972

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

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
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30 Jul 2014   #9
gregrocker

 

Yes delete the old OS.

Is it a retail copy of Win7? Upgrade version?
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30 Jul 2014   #10
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
US might be different from the EU. I have no idea if you can transfer it if you are in US.

You should be able to make an image ( depending on size) store it on flash. Restore to HD in new pc.

Aomei backupper, paragon backup and restore free, macrium free ., etc will all do the job.

After restoring image to new machine, you can run Paragon rescue kit 14 free bootable linux cd. Go to Boot corrector, and use make bootable on new hardware option.

Alternatively, you could sysprep your installation before imaging it

You will have a sticker on your current laptop with product key. It might work straight off to activate, if in doubt, ring MS on free phone number. You can find the number by typing slui 4 in start search box.
AS Far as I know "Paragon rescue kit 14 " has Boot Corrector. But that fixes the bcd and registry (pointers to the correct partitions). Most backup/restore software does that automagically, and otherwise "startup repair" will fix that.
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