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Windows 7: Win7 Re-Activation/Re-Validation with Hardware Changes?


23 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 RC 64bit
 
 
Win7 Re-Activation/Re-Validation with Hardware Changes?

I believe I read something before that Windows 7 will require a reactivation or revalidation even on a HDD change. Is this true? If so what things will trigger this? In XP the only things that would trigger it was a CPU or Motherboard change.

Right now I have a XP computer and use removable Hard Disk Drives with that same XP installed on all of them, but only 1 HDD is ever running, so its basically 1 computer with 3 XPs installed for 3 setups.

I want to do this with Windows 7 also, but if they are going to require reactivation each time I swap drives, its going to be a pain in the butt. Because it would require you to always have diskdrives that are the same size and model and if you upgraded one you'd have to upgrade them all, which is too expensive.

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23 Oct 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello s0me0ne,

It's the same in Windows 7. Usually just a hard drive will not trigger it, instead it's usually something major like a motherboard that may seem like you have it on a different computer now.

If it does trigger reactivation, then it's just a simple phone activation.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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23 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)
 
 

I've been cloning my Win 7 hard drive and swapping disks with no reactivation required. The hard drives are the same except for serial number, however, but I don't think that makes any difference. I don't think a hard drive change is enough to trigger a need to reactivate.
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23 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 RC 7264
 
 

Well on Wednesday I installed my new Windows 7 and activated it, then last night my HDD died! Replaced and reinstalled today and it activated again without problems. HDD was a different make and model.
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23 Oct 2009   #5

Windows 7 RC 64bit
 
 

Yes but lets say you swap drives 5 or 10 times in a day, wouldnt MS assume something bad if you have to reactive that much?
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23 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 7 RC 7264
 
 

I cant really see that happening in the real world?! swapping hdd and reinstalling windows 5 times in a day?
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23 Oct 2009   #7

Windows 7 RC 64bit
 
 

I'm not going to be reinstalling, just switching harddrives on that 1 computer, you know power off and on.
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23 Oct 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)
 
 

If you're worried about it, don't activate at all. You get 120 days before you have to activate. Surely you can switch all the hard drives around you need to in that time frame.
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23 Oct 2009   #9

 

I've replaced my motherboard after installing Windows 7 and it just continued working without any fuss.
I hope the rumours about these ridiculous activation limitations in Windows 7 dies out soon...
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23 Oct 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/x86 Windows 7 Pro x64/x86 Windows 7 Home Premium x64/x86
 
 

It seems you can activate Ultimate as much as you want.
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