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Windows 7: Clone Win7 HDD

16 Dec 2009   #1
paul3200

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 
Clone Win7 HDD

if i were to clone my hdd that has windows 7 installed on to it could i use it on as many PCs as i wanted too


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16 Dec 2009   #2
Uber Philf

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

No, because if i'm not mistaken that is breaking the EULA.
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16 Dec 2009   #3
paul3200

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 

what is the EULA
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16 Dec 2009   #4
Uber Philf

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

End-User License Agreement:

http://www.microsoft.com/about/legal...s/default.aspx

Check it out for yourself.
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16 Dec 2009   #5
paul3200

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Thanks if i do what could microsoft do
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16 Dec 2009   #6
Uber Philf

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

Well, 1, your breaking the EULA if you proceed, and 2 your probably wont have access to Windows Update, and 3 i'm not sure if your Windows will stay activated/be able to be activated.

I'm really not too good with the Legal chat, one of the other members can probably describe it better, but that's the best i can describe it to you.
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16 Dec 2009   #7
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paul3200 View Post
if i were to clone my hdd that has windows 7 installed on to it could i use it on as many PCs as i wanted too
Technically you can, but then you might need new product keys to re-activate your w7 on those other machines.

What you'll find after reimaging is you'll get a non-genuine version of w7 message (from memory), and who knows what happens days after that, the FBI might turn up to your house or you just cannot log onto your OS.
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16 Dec 2009   #8
gregrocker

 

You'll lose activation as soon as the moved HD acclimates to the hardware, Win7 activation realizes it is not where it is supposed to be.

This is why you need to change the key at Computer>Properties to refresh on new hardware, if you move the HD. You can move a retail copy in this way, just not have it on more than one machine at a time; and it will notice that it is on another machine and require reactivation, sooner rather than later.
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16 Dec 2009   #9
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

A clone is not likely to work well when installed on a PC with a different motherboard and chipset, regardless of the EULA and activation.
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16 Dec 2009   #10
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
A clone is not likely to work well when installed on a PC with a different motherboard and chipset, regardless of the EULA and activation.
At the most, you will need to update drivers but this is not a prevention for imaging a HDD. I've done "cloning" of w7 from laptops to laptops and even to VM, and only had the activation issue.
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