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How to "deactivate" Win 7 install to new hard drive

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May 7, 2013 9:47:21 PM

Ok, so I bought a new SSD. Thing is my current hard drive is larger than the SSD and has lots of information I'd like to keep on it, but I want to install this version of Windows 7 on the SSD. Is there a way for me to deactivate this copy of Windows 7 so I can use the same key on the SSD without formatting the hard drive? I want to leave the content on the drive so I can transfer some of my documents and things to the new SSD and format it once I'm done to use it as a secondary storage drive. My copy of Windows 7 was provided through a university Dreamspark account so I'm concerned if this will be considered a new activation or just re-activating the old copy. Can anyone help me out?

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May 7, 2013 10:32:31 PM

There's no need to deactivate your Windows installation (if that's even possible in the first place). Just install Windows on the SSD and activate it. As far as I know, there's no limit to the amount of Windows activations for Dreamspark, as I use it myself too.
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May 7, 2013 10:40:24 PM

Well something I was looking at said it only checks the validation every so often when the computer is online. Given that it's literally on the same computer, I could actually leave it installed if I so chose to? I do plan to uninstall it, I just want to have my data on the drive so I can migrate it to the new SSD and then format the old HDD to use for storage. I've been doing some googling and I did find this: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/165472-product-key...

Apparently through the use of slmgr.vbs command you can deactivate Windows, at least Vista through 8. I don't guess it would hurt to do this before I install it on the new drive?
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May 7, 2013 11:37:13 PM

It doesn't hurt to do so, but I doubt you really have to. If it makes you feel better, do it. Else just install Windows on the SSD and format the HDD when you got all the data from it that you want.
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May 8, 2013 11:31:53 PM

Hey guys, new question very closely related to this - I'm looking at a laptop where the original drive has been replaced with an upgraded drive, but the seller has not installed Windows 7 on the computer. They will sell it cheaper if they don't install any OS on it, but my question is since the COA on the laptop and the product key is for Windows 7 Professional 64-bit and I have an install disc with that on it will that work if I use that disc to install it and simply use the key on the laptop instead of the key that is actually associated with my copy?

I'm somewhat suspicious if the laptop's key might not activate. If so, could I call Microsoft and explain that the hard drive has been upgraded so even though it's an OEM it's the same computer? I hear they're very lenient about that process, but would just like to make sure on either front that I'm covered and don't need to run off and buy a new copy of Win 7 for this.
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May 9, 2013 2:30:19 AM

If there's a Win 7 Pro key on the bottom of the laptop and you have a Win 7 pro disk, you can use that to install it on the new hard drive. There's a slim chance you might have to activate it by phone, but that's an automated process. Only a very small chance you get to speak to a Microsoft employee that way and even if you do, they'll help you out.
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May 9, 2013 2:41:04 AM

Thanks, that's what I was thinking but something I read elsewhere said something along the lines that you're not allowed to use anything but the "original" disc which sounded odd given I think MS themselves distribute ISOs of their versions somewhere just without a key distributed with them. The seller upgraded the hard disc which seems like a completely standard thing to do so that makes me feel a lot better about this. Thanks for the help!
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May 9, 2013 2:42:46 AM

Nah, there are no rules as to which disk you use. The key is the important part. If you were only allowed to use one specific disk, things like installation from USB wouldn't exist.
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