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Windows 7: Win7 reinstallation -- activation

18 Feb 2011   #1
eltopo71

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 
Win7 reinstallation -- activation

Hi. I'm about to move my current, legal Windows 7 Pro installation from a small, slow disk to a bigger and faster HD. This will most likely "trip" the WGA system when I restart. Is there something that I can do before switching disks that will make the process easier, e.g. transfer the activation from the old disk to the new one, or will I inevitably have to make a phone call to MS?


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18 Feb 2011   #2
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Actually just moving it to a new disc on the same system, should not cause you any problems. Even if it does just phoning in and reactivating should be more than adequate as long as your key is only in use on one system.

Win 7 is not so bad with the DRM as some of the previous versions.
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18 Feb 2011   #3
eltopo71

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Thanks. I was just curious to see if there was something that needed to be done beforehand, like deactivating a license (for Adobe products), but I guess there isn't.
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18 Feb 2011   #4
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

If you use a tool to do a bit by bit copy, Acronis comes to mind. The OS may not even be aware it's been moved. That goes for all the other software involved as well.

I'm not as familiar with Adobe's policy on drm and reinstallation. I don't think they'll give you too much of a headache though.
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18 Feb 2011   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello eltopo71, welcome to Seven Forums!

See if Method Two/Three in this tutorial at the link below is a help to you and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.



Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer
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18 Feb 2011   #6
gregrocker

 

I'd use Win7 backup imaging first then if it doesn't work try free Macrium Reflect or Paragon 10.

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System Image Recovery

No need to SysPrep the HD if there's only a HD change.
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18 Feb 2011   #7
eltopo71

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
I'm not as familiar with Adobe's policy on drm and reinstallation. I don't think they'll give you too much of a headache though.
It's a bit OT, but Adobe's a little annoying -- they'll insist on telling you you must deactivate the license first, even after you've explained that the original drive on which the product was installed crashed... it's the usual "support calls following a script without thinking about it" kind of scenario.
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21 Feb 2011   #8
eltopo71

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

After trying a few methods of reimaging that didn't work (Macreus, PING) I resorted to the Windows backup and restore utility which seemed to work even through a couple of restarts, but now after restarting to adjust the swap file settings I got a black screen. I tried to use the startup repair utility but it's now telling me my only option is a system restore, which is probably going to last hours (it lasted hours yesterday). sigh.

OTOH I had no activation problem after the initial restore was done.
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21 Feb 2011   #9
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

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21 Feb 2011   #10
gregrocker

 

Startup Repair should automate all tests and offer SYstem Restore if it sees a change responsible for Win7 not starting.

Are you doing a lot of tweaking of Win7? Be aware that beta testers who were accustomed to tweaking to make XP and Vista run faster learned the hard way that tweaks will always come back to bite you inWIn7 which is already too lean to tolerate old XPired tweaking methods.

The reason I ask is because you report two startup failures since reimaging yesterday.

Study your logs for repeat errors and do other troubleshooting basics.
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