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Windows 7: Dual hard drdives and dual OS

24 Nov 2010   #11
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BobZolto View Post
I could, but couldn't the change in mobo be recognized anyway?

It's the activation to a specific mobo ...

That's why I'd like to see what others may say.

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24 Nov 2010   #12
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

I think that is an excellent suggestion. Work with the delayed activation for 120 days and see whether you can get the new mobo by then. If not, you can still bite the bullet.
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25 Nov 2010   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium

I think I can bite the bullet for the mobo and delay the processor replacement, as long as the old one will work with the new mobo.
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25 Nov 2010   #14
Microsoft MVP


I agree with BFK and whs, you're already good to go with your Win7 OEM for up to almost 120 days using slmgr -rearm every 29th day until you buy your new mobo.

When you install Win7 on the second HD, unplug the XP drive. After install plug back in the XP HD to boot via one-time BIOS Boot Menu. This keeps the HD's independent to come and go as you please.

Shortly after installing Win7 and programs, save externally a backup image so if it takes longer than 120 days to buy your new mobo you can simply reimage Win7 and copy in your latest files: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

As soon as you get your new mobo, you can try to start up the Win7 HD. If not use Paragon Adaptive Restore CD to remove the drivers so it will start. Otherwise clean reinstall.

XP will start up on the new hardware after running a Repair Install:
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