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Windows 7: Win 7 plus Win 7 on 2 partitions?

15 Jan 2011   #41
merlincorp

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit, Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Safeguard your installed Product Keys for Windows, Office and other pricey software like you would a bank account number.
I hear what you are saying Greg, but this is an OEM version of Win 7 - no good on any other motherboard! I have further muddied the numbers, but don't feel there is any danger really.

I shall now look at the magic jellybean application - who thinks of these names !


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15 Jan 2011   #42
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Adrian.



I just checked using SIW and the correct key is the one labeled "Windows product key" enter that one into the new Windows and you will be ok; see the importance of sorting this stuff before you 'remove' the old OS.


Some antivirus programs report Magic Jellybean as spyware.
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15 Jan 2011   #43
merlincorp

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit, Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks Ted (and Greg). Yep, Magical Jellybean reported the same basic 2 keys as Belarc. Good to know there isn't really a mysterious 3rd key hidden somewhere. I would be astonished if I had mislaid something as important as that, though I did start to doubt myself at one point.

Looks like I am ready to go. I am about 50% of the way there in terms of installing and then configuring apps, but have some paying work to do tomorrow (that's what Sundays are for??).

Will let you know how I get on.

Cheers
Adrian
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15 Jan 2011   #44
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

You can remove the key from the old one and add it to the new one now if you like, the old one will still function with no issues.



Yes, do keep us informed.
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16 Jan 2011   #45
merlincorp

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit, Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
You can remove the key from the old one and add it to the new one now if you like, the old one will still function with no issues.
Aha - well if that's the case Ted, I will leave the old Win 7 partition for a week or so before wiping it and then (deleting?) that partition before reclaiming the space.

So I guess when I remove the key from the old Win 7, somehow that gets noted by Mr Gates's crew online?

I am having a day off from installing apps on C:, have some client stuff to do.

Cheers
Adrian
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16 Jan 2011   #46
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Yes, daddy Bill knows everything!
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16 Jan 2011   #47
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by merlincorp View Post
So I guess when I remove the key from the old Win 7, somehow that gets noted by Mr Gates's crew online?
The key remains in MS computers tied to the same hardware signature until it is overwritten by a new one.

If the key is reactivated on new hardware, it it may require a robocall to MS to update the hardware signature by exchanging a series of numbers.

For OEM version reactivation will be rejected if the mobo changes, however there are reports that MS will make exception in some cases.
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20 Jan 2011   #48
merlincorp

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit, Service Pack 1
 
 

Well guys - MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

I finished installing the last of my apps and added the many tweaks they need, then about 4 hours ago I booted into the old Win 7 installation and removed the Product key as you advised.

I left it for a few hours before booting up into the nice new (fast) Win 7 on C: and then activated it ... this went smoothly and I wasn't asked to provide anything at all, Mr Gates just automatically checked the Product ID that I used when installing the OS.

So I guess my last task (in a week or so) is to do a Disk Wipe using Partition Wizard and then delete that old partition? That would leave unallocated space which I would then add to the other partition on that drive. I am correct with that?

This was a hair-raising process at times, yet both of you gave such clear and detailed instructions I was able to pull it off without a heart attack!

I can tell you that the new OS and apps are behaving much better and everything seems faster too. It WAS worth the time and trouble, for sure.

Thanks guys
Adrian
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20 Jan 2011   #49
gregrocker

 

Great news, Adrian.

If you'll post back another Disk Mgmt screenshot we can look it over to make sure everything is correct and ready to delete and wipe G using Partition Wizard, then Resize the adjacent partition into the space.
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20 Jan 2011   #50
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Adrian.



Good to see everything is going well, thanks for the update.
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