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Windows 7: Transfer my Win 7 to a new PC?

21 Jan 2011   #1
OldBull

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Transfer my Win 7 to a new PC?

I bought a full version of Windows 7 Home Premium and installed it on my current PC, a Dell Precision Workstation 340. Today I bought a Dell Inspiron 530 to replace the PW 340. The Inspiron has Windows Vista on it. How do I transfer my Windows 7 license to my new PC?


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21 Jan 2011   #2
zigzag3143

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OldBull View Post
I bought a full version of Windows 7 Home Premium and installed it on my current PC, a Dell Precision Workstation 340. Today I bought a Dell Inspiron 530 to replace the PW 340. The Inspiron has Windows Vista on it. How do I transfer my Windows 7 license to my new PC?
You will have to remove it from the first PC and using the win 7 dvd you can upgrade vista to win 7 dependent on the vista version and if they are both 32bit or 64
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21 Jan 2011   #3
gregrocker

 

Full or Upgrade version retail can migrate wherever you want it as often as you please. Either run an in-place Upgrade of Vista or wipe the HD to clean reinstall:
A simple guide to a successful in-place upgrade
Clean Install Windows 7
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
Whichever you choose, make your Vista Recovery Disks first so you have a path back to factory condition.

I would deactivate it on the old computer if you don't plan to wipe the HD to reinstall the native OS: From an elevated Command Prompt type slmgr -upk

If you dont' do this, then when you activate the new installation, the old one will deactivate as soon as you connect to the internet.
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21 Jan 2011   #4
theog

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21 Jan 2011   #5
gregrocker

 

Theog has an excellent idea based on a great new tutorial we have here introducing consumers to built-in SysPrep.

You would run SysPrep to remove all drivers and activation from Win7, then image it over to the new HD using the free Acronis cloning/imaging app which is available if either drives are WD or Seagate, or free Macrium Reflect or Paragon 10 backup which have more options than Win7 imaging.
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