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How do I boot windows 7 on two different computers with one hard drive?

I have a desktop and a laptop. I want to use the SSD in the laptop as my boot drive for both my laptop and my desktop.

Is the only possibility to make a new partition and install the OS again on the second machine? (Currently in my desktop)

I was just wondering if there is a way to just add the boot files or something?
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    You can't use the same installation on two machines, you have to install it separately on both machines. But each will need it's own licence and unique Product Key unless your copy of Windows has a "multi-user licence" (which I doubt).

    Moreover, if that copy of Windows was pre-installed on your laptop at the factory, you cannot transfer or copy it to another computer under any circumstances.
  2. Use an Oracle Virtualbox, virtual machine and run the same installation on both.
    Takes a bit of reading on your part to get it going, but it isn't hard if you follow the steps.
    I have Win xp running on this Win 7 machine. It can be transported to any computer running VB.
    https://www.virtualbox.org/
  3. Phillip Corcoran said:
    You can't use the same installation on two machines, you have to install it separately on both machines. But each will need it's own licence and unique Product Key unless your copy of Windows has a "multi-user licence" (which I doubt).

    Moreover, if that copy of Windows was pre-installed on your laptop at the factory, you cannot transfer or copy it to another computer under any circumstances.


    Hey Phillip are you saying that because its not possible or its against the product agreement (or whatever it's called)?
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