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Reinstalling Windows 7 OEM (not pre-installed) on new ssd

I know this question has been asked plenty of times, but it seems people are always vague about whether they're referring to a manufacturer-installed OEM OS, or a self-install OEM OS that you can buy on Newegg or the like.

I'm going to be getting an ssd as a boot drive, but rather than cloning my current drive, I've decided that I want to do a fresh install to clean up some of the bugs and faulty tweaks I've been discovering. It's a home-built system, and I bought and installed Win 7 for System Builders from Newegg (specifically, this).


What's the best way to get it onto a new drive? I have the disc; the main question is the product key - I assume I can't just do another fresh install with the same product key I used the first time.
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  1. remove/disconnect any other HD's. Install and set up SSD. Install operating system as usual. You'll have to reactivate.
  2. if you are installing it on the same motherboard, you can use key again on the SSD.
  3. rgd1101 said:
    if you are installing it on the same motherboard, you can use key again on the SSD.


    I wasn't aware that separately purchased Windows could link itself with the motherboard - I thought big system manufacturers like Dell and HP did that manually.

    I guess I'll try it out, and worst case I call Microsoft and tell them I'm just moving it to a new hdd and hopefully they'll give me a new key.
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    Nick Faughey said:
    rgd1101 said:
    if you are installing it on the same motherboard, you can use key again on the SSD.


    I wasn't aware that separately purchased Windows could link itself with the motherboard - I thought big system manufacturers like Dell and HP did that manually.

    I guess I'll try it out, and worst case I call Microsoft and tell them I'm just moving it to a new hdd and hopefully they'll give me a new key.


    Any OEM version (Win7 and earlier) will do that, either from Dell or one you buy from Newegg.
    If it's just a new drive, you should be OK.
  5. And be sure to go through the other SSD optimization tweaks.

    Disconnect other drives during the install
    AHCI mode
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