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Building new system with current SSD, HDD... Need new OS?

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October 10, 2013 4:06:55 PM

I'm currently doing a new build that will be carrying my current SSD, HDD, and optical drive transplanted over.... everything ELSE is brand new (CPU, Mobo, GPUs, etc...). Do I need to reinstall a fresh OS or would it already be inside the SSD and safe to operate with new CPU & Mobo??

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October 10, 2013 4:10:53 PM

I would go ahead and re-install the OS (just to make sure).
October 10, 2013 4:14:26 PM

A fresh clean install is recommended.
And if your current OS is an OEM version....a new Windows purchase is (probably) needed.
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October 10, 2013 4:15:07 PM

So I would need to buy a new OS?
Edit: ah okay USAFRet just answered my question. haha thank you

Also, I have my OS on my SSD... how do I go about keeping the files in there while installing? Would the "back-up" be able to recover them in the new installation?
October 10, 2013 4:20:52 PM

tristanbane said:
So I would need to buy a new OS?
Edit: ah okay USAFRet just answered my question. haha thank you

Also, I have my OS on my SSD... how do I go about keeping the files in there while installing? Would the "back-up" be able to recover them in the new installation?


Depends on what you mean by 'files'.
Your personal stuff? Docs, etc? Simply save them elsewhere.
Applications? Gather all the install disks and files, and reinstall them after the OS install.
October 10, 2013 4:21:14 PM

You can always download the iso from windows website for the OS re-install (no need for a new copy). You just have to have a valid serial number of win7.
October 10, 2013 4:22:35 PM

TBC1 said:
You can always download the iso from windows website for the OS re-install (no need for a new copy). You just have to have a valid serial number of win7.


Right. But if the original is an OEM Windows 7....that key is tied to the original motherboard.
October 10, 2013 4:27:48 PM

Yeah.. the motherboard is being replaced in the new build so I don't think I can go ahead and validate it. :( 
Looks like a new OS it is.
Luckily I only kept applications in my SSD and not documents/files/etc. I was just wondering if a recovery option would help save some time reinstalling them one by one. haha
October 10, 2013 4:32:28 PM

tristanbane said:
Yeah.. the motherboard is being replaced in the new build so I don't think I can go ahead and validate it. :( 
Looks like a new OS it is.
Luckily I only kept applications in my SSD and not documents/files/etc. I was just wondering if a recovery option would help save some time reinstalling them one by one. haha


I wouldn't count on it. I'd rather just reinstall, and know it works. That also gives you the option of what specific application to install on which drive.
(I did this just a couple of months ago)
October 10, 2013 4:34:51 PM

Ah, I'd say it's still worth a shot though.
October 10, 2013 4:40:50 PM

I think I'll consider both options, and keep the extra OS disc in store for any other applications later if I happen to be able to use TBC1's solution :) 
October 10, 2013 4:42:20 PM

I would try fresh installing and using your current key. If OEM, it will likely not activate during the install since you're changing the mobo, but a call to MS's activation line might resolve it. Just tell them your computer died and you replaced the parts. The worst they will do is tell you to buy a new copy. Best case scenario is that they will give you an activation code (9 groups of 6 or 7 digits) and you are set.
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