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Windows 7: Swapping hard drive between similar Dell Models

14 Apr 2015   #1

Win 7 Pro 64-bit SP1
Swapping hard drive between similar Dell Models

Hello there,

I currently have a Dell Latitude E4310. It has an i5 520-M and a QS57 chipset.

I am buying a Dell Precision M4500, which also has an i5 520-M, but a QM57 chipset.

They both have Windows 7 64-bit Pro installed and activated, with COAs.

I would like to just swap the hard drives, programs and all, on these machines. Even though these are similar spec, and both Dells, I would expect some kind of activation issue.

Do Dells auto-activate? If not, will I be able to re-activate using the COA on my new machine?

Many thanks,

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14 Apr 2015   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 10 Pro x64 ; Xubuntu x64

Are these Dell OEM licences? If so, you will not be able to do that as the licences are tied to the motherboard.
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14 Apr 2015   #3

Win 7 Pro 64-bit SP1

Thanks Golden. I should have known there would be absolute zero flexibility...
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14 Apr 2015   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

In theory, it should actually work, as the COA Keys can be swapped around.
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