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Possible to use a new CPU on an old hard drive without reinstalling?

Okay, so my Hard Drive that came with the i3 computer broke. But I have another older hard drive that has the Pentium Dual Core drivers on it. I don't have a Windows 7 DVD nor do I have the $100 to buy it right now. So is there a way to use my Pentium Dual Core Hard Drive with my i3 mobo without doing a complete reinstall?

If I must reinstall, is there a way this can be done without the disc?
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  1. Pentium Dual core as in LGA775?

    If you're willing to call up MS, they sometimes will give you a new code to use, since switching motherboards is considered "a new computer" and requires reinstall
  2. Assuming you have a legal product key, you can download the official Win7 ISO here:
    http://www.w7forums.com/threads/official-windows-7-sp1-iso-image-downloads.12325/

    Burn to DVD, install, and activate with your existing key. It might require a call to the MS phone robot to activate, but it should work.
  3. So basically if it's an OEM installation though, I have to buy a Windows 7 disc and do an old install on the old drive?

    Or perhaps I could clone the new drive to the old one...
  4. you can download the official iso, you're allowed to since you bought a copy :)

    you do a new install on the old drive
  5. mike2012 said:
    So basically if it's an OEM installation though, I have to buy a Windows 7 disc and do an old install on the old drive?

    Or perhaps I could clone the new drive to the old one...


    If it is an OEM install, the product key is printed on it somewhere. You can use that.
  6. USAFRet said:
    mike2012 said:
    So basically if it's an OEM installation though, I have to buy a Windows 7 disc and do an old install on the old drive?

    Or perhaps I could clone the new drive to the old one...


    If it is an OEM install, the product key is printed on it somewhere. You can use that.

    Okay, I found the product key, but I still need the cd to reinstall right?
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    mike2012 said:
    USAFRet said:
    mike2012 said:
    So basically if it's an OEM installation though, I have to buy a Windows 7 disc and do an old install on the old drive?

    Or perhaps I could clone the new drive to the old one...


    If it is an OEM install, the product key is printed on it somewhere. You can use that.

    Okay, I found the product key, but I still need the cd to reinstall right?


    Make your own DVD from an official ISO here:
    http://www.w7forums.com/threads/official-windows-7-sp1-iso-image-downloads.12325/

    Whatever version you have, Home Premium, Pro, whatever....download and burn it to a DVD.
    Install from that, and activate with your existing key.
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