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Windows 7: damaged pc

10 Feb 2013   #1

windows7home premium 32bit
damaged pc

i want to install windows 7 on a new pc i have aquired, ( our grandson thought my old pc needed a drink ),how do i do this using my original disk, or do i have to buy a new copy of windows 7 ?????

My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Feb 2013   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello redandy, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It depends.

If your old PC is a store bought OEM PC that came preinstalled with Windows 7, then yes you'll need to purchase a new copy of Windows 7 to install and activate on your new PC.

If your old PC used a retail copy of Windows 7, then you could use the same installation DVD to install and activate Windows 7 on the new computer. You will of course need to remove Windows from the old PC.

Hope this helps,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Feb 2013   #3

windows7home premium 32bit

thankyou Shawn,,, yes i bought the original disc,,,, but how do i remove it from the old pc, it is toally kaput, it wont even start up,,,,, i was going to put a hammer through it and put it in the bin,,,,?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

10 Feb 2013   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

If it's a retail Windows 7 installation DVD you have, then you could just use it and the tutorial below to install Windows 7 on the new PC's hard drive.
Clean Install Windows 7


Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
You might wait before smashing the old PC's hard drive to see if you may be able to connect it in the new PC to see if you may be able copy anything you want to keep from it to the new PC's hard drive. Heck, if the HDD still works, you could format it and use it as a data drive in the new PC.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Feb 2013   #5


What OS came preinstalled on the new PC? If it was Windows 8 then you'll need to take extra steps to Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7.

Are you wanting to move a retail copy of Win7 from the old PC to the new one? Be sure to delete it's partition on the old PC once you know it will install to the new one.

What OS originally came on the old PC? You can reinstall that if you want something on there and to take advantage of the license which came with it. A Clean Reinstall might even rejuvenate it. Follow these same steps for Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Feb 2013   #6

windows7home premium 32bit
Re-damaged pc

I would like to say thankyou to all who answered my posting and to say the problem is now solved.
Thanks again.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Feb 2013   #7

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Glad we could help.
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