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

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June 18, 2013 9:48:47 AM

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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June 18, 2013 9:52:23 AM

remove/disconnect any other HD's. Install and set up SSD. Install operating system as usual. You'll have to reactivate.
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June 18, 2013 9:52:43 AM

if you are installing it on the same motherboard, you can use key again on the SSD.
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June 18, 2013 10:05:20 AM

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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June 18, 2013 10:08:45 AM

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.
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a c 601 $ Windows 7
June 18, 2013 10:10:50 AM

And be sure to go through the other SSD optimization tweaks.

Disconnect other drives during the install
AHCI mode
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