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Windows 7: Changed Hard drive--Windows 7 RTM Activation

13 Aug 2009   #11
darkassain

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 

try to open a elevated command prompt and

type
Code:
cd sysprep
and then
Code:
sysprep /generalize /reboot
and see if that helps...
it will make it think its going to be repackaged and force you to reactivate...
Quote:
The System Preparation tool, Sysprep.exe, is used to prepare an installation of Windows for imaging or delivery to a customer.
How Sysprep Works


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13 Aug 2009   #12
chuckr

XP_Pro, W7_7201, W7RC.vhd, SciLinux5.3, Fedora12, Fedora9_2x, OpenSolaris_09-06
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by darkassain View Post
try to open a elevated command prompt and

type
Code:
cd sysprep
and then
Code:
sysprep /generalize /reboot
and see if that helps...
it will make it think its going to be repackaged and force you to reactivate...

How Sysprep Works
Nice...

Does he need the WAIK for that, or is it in everybody's Win 7 RTM ?

The checking algorithm must not like the HDD differentials...
Pretty stringent to me.
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14 Aug 2009   #13
darkassain

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ChuckR View Post
Nice...

Does he need the WAIK for that, or is it in everybody's Win 7 RTM ?

The checking algorithm must not like the HDD differentials...
Pretty stringent to me.
yep it has been integrated starting in XP (you had to download a big chunk of data in 2000 though (well at the time its was a big chunk)....)

you would have to do this all the time in XP because of how the HAL worked before...
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14 Aug 2009   #14
24c

Win7 x64 Ult
 
 

FWIW -

I have a Western Digital 74GB Raptor as C:, with Windows 7 Professional Installed - TechNet Subscription. I use Acronis True Image Home to do backups of the drive.

Restored a backup to a Maxtor 640GB HD, which is my 4th HD used for storage. Maxtor was formatted prior to backup restore.

Upon restore completion, rebooted, entered "set up", turned off HDs 1, 2, & 3 and booted to HD4. Windows 7 ran CHKDSK, first time I've ever seen that, booted OK and Windows was activated and "good to go".

I'm not sure how/if this relates to the topic, other than I was able to boot to Windows 7 on a HD other than the one it was installed on originally.

I thank the OP for this topic - now I know how to replace C:\ with a new HD - thanks toneefresh.
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14 Aug 2009   #15
toneefresh

Windows 7 RTM
 
 

Sorry guys...I went home and did a repair install. I'm good to go now. I'm very curious about the sysprep stuff though. Almost tempted to re-clone from my old drive to repeat the problem
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14 Aug 2009   #16
harpua

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)
 
 

I've cloned my entire C drive using Acronis TIH 2009 to another drive and then swapped the clone into the laptop (removing the original drive obviously), and 7 booted up like nothing had changed, activation and all. Also did this numerous times with Vista. Never had any issues with losing activation or having to reactivate.
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14 Aug 2009   #17
DJG

 

I've also used Paragon Drive Backup to restore Windows including XP and never had a hiccup with Windows having to re-activate. It's probably due the difference between cloning and restoring and how each treats the target disk signature, which (I'm guessing here) is copied for a restore but is re-assigned for a clone.
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