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Windows 7: Is there a simple way to deactivate Windows 7 for a new build?

21 Sep 2014   #1
Tiervexx

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Is there a simple way to deactivate Windows 7 for a new build?

I've tried to do some googling on how to do this but nothing was exactly what I was looking for and it all sounded overly complex. Here is my situation:

I am currently running Windows 7 with one hard drive (C).

I have bought all the components for a whole new build. New motherboard bigger HDD a SSD etc. Also Windows 8.

So what I want to do is to plug my current C hard drive into the new computer such that I keep all my files and installed programs but without Windows 7 conflicting with the new Windows 8 that will be installed on the SSD.

So what is the easiest way to do this? If it helps, I'd be satisfied just to deactivate Windows 7 even if I can't recover the space for a while. Also, I need to keep the current hard drive named "C" to prevent conflict with the installed programs, right?


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21 Sep 2014   #2
theog

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Have a look at this:
You could build own ext HD to copy out your personal Data .
http://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-...ml#post1177933
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21 Sep 2014   #3
NoelDP

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tiervexx View Post
I've tried to do some googling on how to do this but nothing was exactly what I was looking for and it all sounded overly complex. Here is my situation:

I am currently running Windows 7 with one hard drive (C).

I have bought all the components for a whole new build. New motherboard bigger HDD a SSD etc. Also Windows 8.

So what I want to do is to plug my current C hard drive into the new computer such that I keep all my files and installed programs but without Windows 7 conflicting with the new Windows 8 that will be installed on the SSD.

So what is the easiest way to do this? If it helps, I'd be satisfied just to deactivate Windows 7 even if I can't recover the space for a while. Also, I need to keep the current hard drive named "C" to prevent conflict with the installed programs, right?
The is no need - and no point - in 'de-activating' any Windows install. Such a procedure has no effect whatever on the Microsoft Activation servers, which only record activation and validation attempts, and their results.
The -upk procedure oft quoted is in fact not recommended even by MS - even when it may actually be useful prior to changing the Key on an already-installed OS, since in certain circumstances it can lead to system instability.


The sole procedure required is to remove the windows installation from the old machine - usually done by reformatting, or simply deleting the entire Windows folder.
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21 Sep 2014   #4
Tiervexx

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Thank you for the thoughtful replies!
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21 Sep 2014   #5
gregrocker

 

Deleting the Windows folder is complicated by permissions not fully unlocked even by the Taking Ownership.

For this reason I recommend backing up the data to delete the Win7 partition and if present its System Reserved boot partition. This can be done using the Win7 disk, or in DIsk Mgmt after marking Inactive: Partition - Mark as Inactive

If you can back up everything on the disk you can get it even cleaner using Diskpart Clean command which clears the partition table and boot code and is often used here when these interfere with continued use of the disk. Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command .

If there are other partitions you want to keep and are having trouble deleting the Win7 partitions, then you can use the Diskpart commands given to call the partition into focus and run the command to "Delete Partition Override" which will force delete any partition.

Easiest way for you would be to copy out the User folders to another HD or external, then delete the Win7 partitions, reformat in Disk Mgmt and copy the files back in.

Then create a new partition in its place.
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21 Sep 2014   #6
Geekasaurus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

All of the documents I've created for you are here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xd26hrn35...p7vzAXTga?dl=0
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