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Windows 7: Two Identical Laptops - One Harddrive - boots one...not the other...

08 Feb 2015   #11
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You can move the hard drive from one PC to another but if Win7 on it won't start then you'll need Adjust Win7 to boot on new hardware with Paragon Adaptive Restore CD.

Then if the new PC came with WIn7 you can reactivate with the Product Key on it's COA sticker providing it's the same version, or if you're using a retail Win7 Product Key use it to reactivate at Control Panel>System. It requires reactivation unless the exact same model motherboard is being used.

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08 Feb 2015   #12

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

No Virg they will just let you use the old code and for the installation disk use the ISO for this tutorial
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 make sure you pick the exact version of the original as trying to go one better will end in grief.

The versions from that tutorial are here Windows 7 Direct Download Links, Official Disk Images from Digital River pick one from the outlined lot in my pic

So download and save the ISO burn it to a disk or stick make sure the drive is clean disconnect all other drives and the boot from the source of the ISO and it then goes into installing the OS. You will of course contact Microsoft to tell the them what is happening .

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