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Windows 7: Can I use a Windows 8 OEM COA to activate a Windows 7 OEM hard drive?

02 Jan 2016   #11

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JayArr View Post
Thanks Aplha, I'm not familiar with sysprep, I'll read up on it for next time.

I bought a retail box Win7 so I have a valid COA/key that could be used once the drive is moved and I was willing to completely abandon the Win8 OS if I could get the old drive to work on the new laptop. I didn't realize at first that the OEM embedded keys for 8.1 were so different from Win 7's method.

I have basic knowledge of sysprep. I believe where you end up after doing it, is that first boot up after windows is installed. Where it looks for and installs the drivers etc. It strips out everything but the generic drivers needed to get you going. It also removes the key in use. The idea is you setup a test system just the way you want. Then sysprep that image so you can load it on more PC's without the drivers causing a BSOD etc. Something like that. Yes, read up on it, it may bail you out next time.

Yeah Windows 7 and 8 use totally different OEM activation schemes. I like the embedded keys. You can use stock install media and it will read and use them automatically. No having to have custom OEM install media or trying to read a scratched worn out or missing COA sticker. Much better than the OEM-SLP windows 7 and earlier use.

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