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Windows 7: Upgrading a bad HDD. Can i re activate the key?

31 Jan 2010   #1

windows 7 HP 64bit
Upgrading a bad HDD. Can i re activate the key?

My sons PC has been running W7 HP for a few moths fine but last night the HDD started running very slowly, and W7 reported a HDD failure.
I want to put a new HDD in but cant create a disk image or back up as W7 cant read the whole drive.
So, i will re install W7 and all his apps, plus i do have a back up of the USER folder.

My question is, will i need to call MS or am i ok with just activating the new install as normal. All other hardware will be the same so i dont think ill have any problems.



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31 Jan 2010   #2
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May require a robocall to MS but that's all. Wait until after installation to insert product key at Computer>Properties.
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31 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 64 bit build 7600

As long as you have the key, and its genuine, you are fine
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 Upgrading a bad HDD. Can i re activate the key?

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