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can i use my old hdd in a new pc, and keep my files?

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July 22, 2013 12:42:02 PM

I will have to install a fresh version of windows won't I?
I only had an OEM version. I still have the disk.
Sorry if this seems n00bish.

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July 22, 2013 12:49:59 PM

If you put your old hdd in a new pc you are going to face several possible issues.
To avoid a lot of reading get a small solid state drive and put your o/s on that,
then use your old hdd as a slave so you can access the files. Wether or not you have to buy a new code, this is the best way and will make your new pc run faster.
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July 22, 2013 2:00:08 PM

Your answers depend on what OS you're running. XP, Microsoft doesn't seem to care what you do with it. W7, you will need a new OS key for your new computer assuming your old one is an OEM version. W8, you can install to a new computer and reactivate. BTW, I don't recommend re-using old HDDs. They fail randomly especially after 3 years.
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July 22, 2013 8:10:33 PM

ram1009 said:
Your answers depend on what OS you're running. XP, Microsoft doesn't seem to care what you do with it. W7, you will need a new OS key for your new computer assuming your old one is an OEM version. W8, you can install to a new computer and reactivate. BTW, I don't recommend re-using old HDDs. They fail randomly especially after 3 years.


XP will sometimes boot if the chipsets are the same, and sometimes it will demand the key if it is a retail vs. If it isnt retail, it used to demand the key or you buy a new one before 28 days. It was all a bit hit and miss. I once put xp on a machine to play games and I didnt have a code, so I had 28 days between installs, but the guy who gave me the m.board turned the battery upside down so it stayed good; I had to set up the cpu every day, not knowing why, but xp ran on the clock expire, so it took 5 months before i had to re install. Its all hit and miss . I dont think M/S care bout xp, u cn probly run it for nothing.
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July 22, 2013 8:32:06 PM

chriss000 said:
ram1009 said:
Your answers depend on what OS you're running. XP, Microsoft doesn't seem to care what you do with it. W7, you will need a new OS key for your new computer assuming your old one is an OEM version. W8, you can install to a new computer and reactivate. BTW, I don't recommend re-using old HDDs. They fail randomly especially after 3 years.


XP will sometimes boot if the chipsets are the same, and sometimes it will demand the key if it is a retail vs. If it isnt retail, it used to demand the key or you buy a new one before 28 days. It was all a bit hit and miss. I once put xp on a machine to play games and I didnt have a code, so I had 28 days between installs, but the guy who gave me the m.board turned the battery upside down so it stayed good; I had to set up the cpu every day, not knowing why, but xp ran on the clock expire, so it took 5 months before i had to re install. Its all hit and miss . I dont think M/S care bout xp, u cn probly run it for nothing.


The moderators frown upon talk about hacking anything. Even an old OS.
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July 23, 2013 11:07:53 AM

ram1009 said:
chriss000 said:
ram1009 said:
Your answers depend on what OS you're running. XP, Microsoft doesn't seem to care what you do with it. W7, you will need a new OS key for your new computer assuming your old one is an OEM version. W8, you can install to a new computer and reactivate. BTW, I don't recommend re-using old HDDs. They fail randomly especially after 3 years.


XP will sometimes boot if the chipsets are the same, and sometimes it will demand the key if it is a retail vs. If it isnt retail, it used to demand the key or you buy a new one before 28 days. It was all a bit hit and miss. I once put xp on a machine to play games and I didnt have a code, so I had 28 days between installs, but the guy who gave me the m.board turned the battery upside down so it stayed good; I had to set up the cpu every day, not knowing why, but xp ran on the clock expire, so it took 5 months before i had to re install. Its all hit and miss . I dont think M/S care bout xp, u cn probly run it for nothing.


The moderators frown upon talk about hacking anything. Even an old OS.


Well, nobody inc the op is actually discussing hacks, he is a noob just wanting to know about system disks, etc. I wouldnt know a hack if it bit my toe off. When I see old lappies running 'Hacked' 7, they are all unstable and virus'd up as they havent been updated ever which for £48 seems pathetic.
So yes, I agree with tom's stance. There are sites out there for those idiots (hell easier to learn linux, right?). .
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July 23, 2013 12:54:24 PM

chriss000 said:
ram1009 said:
chriss000 said:
ram1009 said:
Your answers depend on what OS you're running. XP, Microsoft doesn't seem to care what you do with it. W7, you will need a new OS key for your new computer assuming your old one is an OEM version. W8, you can install to a new computer and reactivate. BTW, I don't recommend re-using old HDDs. They fail randomly especially after 3 years.


XP will sometimes boot if the chipsets are the same, and sometimes it will demand the key if it is a retail vs. If it isnt retail, it used to demand the key or you buy a new one before 28 days. It was all a bit hit and miss. I once put xp on a machine to play games and I didnt have a code, so I had 28 days between installs, but the guy who gave me the m.board turned the battery upside down so it stayed good; I had to set up the cpu every day, not knowing why, but xp ran on the clock expire, so it took 5 months before i had to re install. Its all hit and miss . I dont think M/S care bout xp, u cn probly run it for nothing.


The moderators frown upon talk about hacking anything. Even an old OS.


Well, nobody inc the op is actually discussing hacks, he is a noob just wanting to know about system disks, etc. I wouldnt know a hack if it bit my toe off. When I see old lappies running 'Hacked' 7, they are all unstable and virus'd up as they havent been updated ever which for £48 seems pathetic.
So yes, I agree with tom's stance. There are sites out there for those idiots (hell easier to learn linux, right?). .


Most hackers do it for the challenge. It's almost always easier & cheaper to do it the right way.
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July 23, 2013 1:13:29 PM

ram1009 said:
chriss000 said:
ram1009 said:
chriss000 said:
ram1009 said:
Your answers depend on what OS you're running. XP, Microsoft doesn't seem to care what you do with it. W7, you will need a new OS key for your new computer assuming your old one is an OEM version. W8, you can install to a new computer and reactivate. BTW, I don't recommend re-using old HDDs. They fail randomly especially after 3 years.


XP will sometimes boot if the chipsets are the same, and sometimes it will demand the key if it is a retail vs. If it isnt retail, it used to demand the key or you buy a new one before 28 days. It was all a bit hit and miss. I once put xp on a machine to play games and I didnt have a code, so I had 28 days between installs, but the guy who gave me the m.board turned the battery upside down so it stayed good; I had to set up the cpu every day, not knowing why, but xp ran on the clock expire, so it took 5 months before i had to re install. Its all hit and miss . I dont think M/S care bout xp, u cn probly run it for nothing.


The moderators frown upon talk about hacking anything. Even an old OS.


Well, nobody inc the op is actually discussing hacks, he is a noob just wanting to know about system disks, etc. I wouldnt know a hack if it bit my toe off. When I see old lappies running 'Hacked' 7, they are all unstable and virus'd up as they havent been updated ever which for £48 seems pathetic.
So yes, I agree with tom's stance. There are sites out there for those idiots (hell easier to learn linux, right?). .


Most hackers do it for the challenge. It's almost always easier & cheaper to do it the right way.


Fair enough, I will make you right there. It just aint worth the agro.
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July 23, 2013 1:28:07 PM

I don't recommend turning a CMOS battery upside down.

I have a motherboard that the battery went dead because somebody installed it backwards. I general it is better just to remove it.

But even that isn't such a good idea because you cannot save the BIOS settings. Personally, when I used an old OS on a new motherboard, I didn't have any problem. The online reactivation worked without hassle.
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July 23, 2013 1:32:36 PM

depends, just do a fresh install and back up your files
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July 23, 2013 3:37:52 PM

smeezekitty said:
I don't recommend turning a CMOS battery upside down.

I have a motherboard that the battery went dead because somebody installed it backwards. I general it is better just to remove it.

But even that isn't such a good idea because you cannot save the BIOS settings. Personally, when I used an old OS on a new motherboard, I didn't have any problem. The online reactivation worked without hassle.


Like I said in my original reply, I don't think Microsoft cares about XP anymore.
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July 23, 2013 8:01:06 PM

smeezekitty said:
I don't recommend turning a CMOS battery upside down.

I have a motherboard that the battery went dead because somebody installed it backwards. I general it is better just to remove it.

But even that isn't such a good idea because you cannot save the BIOS settings. Personally, when I used an old OS on a new motherboard, I didn't have any problem. The online reactivation worked without hassle.


If you look at the battery socket, it isnt afaik possible to make a reverse v circuit with the battery in backwards because the side connector will bite on the edge of the battery ( which is stiil the same polarity as it would have contacted) the middle contactor underneath will touch the middle of the same polarity, and the smaller contact central part of the battery will connect to nothing, resulting in a 0 volt circuit in the bios, and no connectivity across the cell. There isnt much that is Not foolproof in assembling a pc, but putting the battery in the wrong way round and ruining eprom chips, I think they thought o that. Your battery died of old age. I cn buy 5 for a quid,.
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July 23, 2013 8:35:34 PM

In this particular holder, inserting the battery backwards puts a direct short across the battery terminals.

In general, just don't do it on purpose. It isn't a good idea.
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July 24, 2013 9:09:19 AM

smeezekitty said:
In this particular holder, inserting the battery backwards puts a direct short across the battery terminals.

In general, just don't do it on purpose. It isn't a good idea.


I will let you know when I am old enough and feeble enough to need help determining that outcome.
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