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Windows 7: Using a system image

22 Sep 2010   #1
codad

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Using a system image

I'm new to this forum, but it looks like a lot of intelligent Windows users are here....

My question is about using a system image in Windows 7 to transfer everthing on my PC to a new, larger hard drive. Looking at the Microsoft web site it looks quite easy to place my system image on an intermediary external drive, then boot off a system repair DVD and transfer the system image from the external drive to the new blank hard drive.

Just thinking this through, what prevents a person from doing this (albeit not legitimate) to run the same copy of Windows 7 on 2 PC's simultaneously? I'm not planning on doing this--I just want to know that Windows 7 on my new hard drive will be fully legitimate, also given the fact it's a Win 7 Upgrade. The copy on the old hard drive won't be used anymore, but how does Microsoft prevent me from sticking it in another PC and using it?

I'm trying to understand the elaborate measures that are taken to prevent someone from getting something for free!

Thanks for any info.


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22 Sep 2010   #2
gregrocker

 

WIndows is always checking hardware for changes and may require reactivation above a certain threshhold of hardware changes. For retail Win7, this is as simple as refreshing the hardware signature in MS computers during reactivation.

Sometimes when the hardware changes are minor - like only the HD - reactivation is not even required.
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22 Sep 2010   #3
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

As long as it is the same PC, your activation will remain unaffected. Windows will know that key is tied to that particular Hardware.


Now, if you were to Image to a completly different PC, you will need to re-activate, just as you would if you replaced your Motherboard for example.

You can do this if so choose, but the original activation will then become Non-Genuine and no longer work.

You can only have Windows activated on any 1 PC at a time, and it will know.
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22 Sep 2010   #4
codad

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the reply. How is Windows 7 reactivated if I'm asked to do that?
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22 Sep 2010   #5
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

MS has a 3 pronged strategy to counter illegal use of its products- Education (creating awareness about counterfeit products), Engineering (designing tools to detect) and Enforcement (teaming with local authorities to catch thieves). Read more here.

Microsoft and Consumers Take Action Against Global Software Piracy: Initiatives to protect consumers launched in more than 70 countries on Consumer Action Day.
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22 Sep 2010   #6
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by codad View Post
Thanks for the reply. How is Windows 7 reactivated if I'm asked to do that?
Insert the Product Key at Computer>Properties.

Call MS at number provided if necessary, normally a robocall to trade numbers which update hardware signature.
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22 Sep 2010   #7
codad

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thx to all for the good info....
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