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Windows 7: Windows 7 reinstall

01 Jun 2010   #1
vinnyp61

Windows 7 Pro
 
 
Windows 7 reinstall

Hi the hard drive went out on my windows 7 machine can I reinstall 7 on the new hard drive without getting a new key and what happens to the windows 7 on the old hard drive thanks


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01 Jun 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Yes you can

Install on your new drive. Do not give key number. When done, make sure you are happy with the results. Then do a phone activation. Do not give a key number during install and do not check activate automaticaly when online.

Tell the rep, when online that your old hd died and you only have one copy of "Windows in use.

Activate Windows 7 by Phone
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01 Jun 2010   #3
vinnyp61

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Thank you so it won't matter that the bad hard drive has a activated Windows 7 on it?
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02 Jun 2010   #4
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

No, you must call and tell them, promise that it will not be used and you will be good to go.

As long as the key does not have OEM in it.
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02 Jun 2010   #5
vinnyp61

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Thank you for your help gonna smash that old old drive anyway
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02 Jun 2010   #6
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Glad to be of help. Take care my friend. I would wait before smashing. Get activated, first.
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