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Windows 7: Was it just a lucky install...twice?

20 Nov 2014   #1
hawgwash

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 
Was it just a lucky install...twice?

Ok, never mind, I was completely misunderstood.


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21 Nov 2014   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Huh ?
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21 Nov 2014   #3
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

To recap:

You upgraded two unrelated XP machines to Windows 7 with an OEM disc and activated both with a single Product Key?

I have no idea why you've had no trouble, but I never use OEM licenses and am not completely bewildered by your experience. Nor do I know if you still might have trouble. I've heard of supposed OK activations going bad eventually.

The standard rule is "one license for one machine" except that retail licenses can be moved to another machine, but still only 1 machine at a time.

You do have my undying admiration for having successfully used anything called "Transfer Wizard". And for having the nerve to even try it.
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21 Nov 2014   #4
hawgwash

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 

Lol and I guess I failed to make myself very clear.
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21 Nov 2014   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

ignatz, you must be psychic
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21 Nov 2014   #6
hawgwash

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
To recap:

You upgraded two unrelated XP machines to Windows 7 with an OEM disc and activated both with a single Product Key?

I have no idea why you've had no trouble, but I never use OEM licenses and am not completely bewildered by your experience. Nor do I know if you still might have trouble. I've heard of supposed OK activations going bad eventually.

The standard rule is "one license for one machine" except that retail licenses can be moved to another machine, but still only 1 machine at a time.

You do have my undying admiration for having successfully used anything called "Transfer Wizard". And for having the nerve to even try it.
No, it wasn’t one disk and one key and maybe OEM wasn’t the right term.
I got the disks and HDDs from a neighbourhood PC shop that closed up and cleared everything out. The transfer wizard was
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows7/products/features/windows-easy-transfer
What I was getting at was; was I lucky to just be able to swap hard drives and do the installs without backing up or imaging and not knowing what was really on the old drives.
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21 Nov 2014   #7
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hawgwash View Post
What I was getting at was; was I lucky to just be able to swap hard drives and do the installs without backing up or imaging and not knowing what was really on the old drives.[/FONT][/COLOR]
I was unclear what you meant in your original post and made a stab based on what I thought you meant.

I'm even less clear now about what you did, despite your attempted clarification.
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21 Nov 2014   #8
hawgwash

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hawgwash View Post
What I was getting at was; was I lucky to just be able to swap hard drives and do the installs without backing up or imaging and not knowing what was really on the old drives.[/FONT][/COLOR]
I was unclear what you meant in your original post and made a stab based on what I thought you meant.

I'm even less clear now about what you did, despite your attempted clarification.
Let me try again.
Must be the long day…
When I was talking with you and the others in the Macrium Forum, I learned that the hard drives can have any number of things, some visible some hidden and, as you said “OEMs can put some cuckoo stuff on OEM partitions” I just wondered if the way I had done the drive swap was unorthodox and a lucky miss on some major failure.

But never mind, I’ll just keep reading and learning without doing before asking.

Thanks for all your help.
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21 Nov 2014   #9
gregrocker

 

Always delete all partitions during a Clean Reinstall Windows 7.

The exception is Dell and HP which have a bootable diagnostics utility partition. If it will boot and run after testing it then I would keep that partition only. HP also has a minimal Factory Recovery which is close to a Clean Reinstall. These and other Special Notes are at the end of the tutorial.
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21 Nov 2014   #10
hawgwash

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 

Thanks for that gregrocker.
I learned a lot here yesterday and the biggest discovery was; I have a lot TO learn.
Terminology being right up there.

A year ago “partition” was not in my vocabulary. I thought all that was on a HD was data and the OS; that all I needed to do was follow the steps of a fresh install. I didn’t think about it again until now, as I have an old machine to physically dismantle and put back together…just to see how it all works.

Thanks again, I’m off to read some more.
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