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Windows 7: Same OS, Different Drive

12 Mar 2011   #1
waa

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 
Same OS, Different Drive

Can I re-install win7 on a new drive in the same computer and use the same product key?


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12 Mar 2011   #2
dolittle

windows 7
 
 

Yes (but) is it a upgrade W7 disc or retail disc? More info is needed.
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12 Mar 2011   #3
waa

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

It is from the upgrade family pack of 3. I upgraded this particular HP system from Vista. Seems like it should be OK.
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13 Mar 2011   #4
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

If you install Upgrade version to a cleaned or empty HD, it requires doing a quick registry edit after install in order to activate: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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13 Mar 2011   #5
waa

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Thank you, I will give it a try. Much appreciated.
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13 Mar 2011   #6
waa

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

I was able to use Acronis True Image to clone the OS to a new drive with no problems at all. Boots and works perfect.
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