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Windows 7: Transferring Windows 7 to custom built desktop without OS

29 Jul 2015   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Transferring Windows 7 to custom built desktop without OS

Recently, I decided to order the parts to a new gaming desktop, to replace my aging laptop. It's a HP Pavillion dv7, and either a 2xxx or 3xxx model, running Windows 7 Home Premium. I'm signed up to get Windows 10, but I'm willing to delay the upgrade until I get my problem sorted out.
My problem? I didn't order an OS for the gaming desktop as a cost cutting measure. Now I realize that as soon as the parts arrive, I'm going to be stuck with a nearly-useless piece of silicon and plastic or I'll have to use Ubuntu.

Thus, I am here to ask if it is possible for me to take the hard drive from the laptop, put it in the case of my new desktop, and have Windows run. Then I'd like to move Windows to the new 2TB hard drive I bought, and then delete the Windows on the laptop hard drive. (Yes, I already checked to see if my desktop case has places to mount

I have previously read this thread, but I have some concerns.
My concern is that my laptop came with Windows 7. Thus, I'm not sure if HP will let me re-activate my copy of Windows 7, leaving me back at square one. Secondly, that thread mentions that I won't be able to move an upgraded copy of Windows using that method. It mentions this referring to an upgrade from Vista, but I figure that this won't work if I upgrade to Windows 10 and try to transfer that over.
And here's a TL;DR version:
1. Can anyone here confirm that I would be able to move my copy of Windows 7 that came preinstalled on a HP Pavilion dv7 laptop to a desktop without an OS?
2. If I can accomplish #1, can you give me or point me towards step-by-step instructions?
3.Can you point me towards instructions on how to transfer Windows and everything else on the HDD onto a different HDD?

I appreciate this very much.

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29 Jul 2015   #2

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM

Seeing as it's an OEM licence then I'd say no you can't. It's tied to the laptop's motherboard.
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29 Jul 2015   #3

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
There's no shortcuts here the other 7 install is locked to the mother board
You will need to purchase 7 again for the new machine, Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (OEM) System Builder DVD 1 Pack [Old Packaging]: Software

And why not it's cheap still and available = less than
Win-10 pro is more for either 64 bit or 32 bit
Win-10 Home is
Microsoft Windows 10 Home - 64-bit - OEM -
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29 Jul 2015   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

This might be outside the scope of the forums, but if I upgrade to Windows 7 on the laptop to Windows 10, would I be able to transfer that?
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29 Jul 2015   #5

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

It's still a upgrade without a qualifying install to be upgraded your still locked to the other mother board.
win-10 upgrades are oem meaning the same as win-7 oem locked to one device the original device it was loaded on.

use Linux if you want a truly free os one of the best is mint mate 17.1 for an x-p kind of look
Zorin for a more 7 look
Zorin OS - Home
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29 Jul 2015   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

I'm actually somewhat familiar with Linux already, having installed Kubuntu on a chromebook. So I'll be fine with that or Mint for now.
Fortunately, I happen to be getting a computer science degree in a college that has a DreamSpark partnership with Microsoft. So I can get Windows Embedded Industry Pro in 7, 8 or 8.1 for free. Which, I've read, can be upgraded to Windows 10.
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29 Jul 2015   #7

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

There you have it :)
Although 7 pro or 8.1 pro would be the best upgrade.
More or at least a little more control in the pro version opposed to the home premium.
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