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Windows 7: Which copy of Win 7 to use after dismantling 2 computers to build 1

10 Apr 2013   #1

7 Professional 32bit
Which copy of Win 7 to use after dismantling 2 computers to build 1

My daily use computer is becoming a bit slow and overloaded. [ComputerA]
I have another computer which I used mainly for playing games[ComputerB]
Both are similar AMD builds, but B has a better CPU and Mobo.
Both have different, genuine, Win7 installed and activated
When I build the new machine, is there any advantage as to which Win 7 I use, in terms of activation?
Both copies of Win7 are store-bought....not OEMs
Any thoughts please.
Thanks AG

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10 Apr 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

If both are the full retail version it would make no difference. Retail versions aren't tied to hardware as OEMs are. If it has been about 6 months since your last activation you probably just install and active over the internet noramally.
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10 Apr 2013   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10

You say store-bought - that doesn't preclude them being OEM System Builder licenses.
If they came with both 32 and 64-bit disks, they are Retail - if with only one disk, then OEM System Builder.
If they are System Builder, you should use the one associated with the motherboard currently in use in the 'new' machine - it will have been locked to that one at the first activation.
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10 Apr 2013   #4

7 Professional 32bit

Thanks to NoelDP and Britton30, for replying. Both sets contain both disks, so looks like I can use either without problems.
Guess I'm going to have a spare copy!
Thanks again for taking the time to reply.
Regards AG
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10 Apr 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

You're welcome, enjoy the semi-new build. I've slapped together two "Frankenstein" builds myself.
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