Hey everyone. I'm building a PC for my dad this christmas. We're almost starting from scratch, except the cd drive, we'll reuse that. Anyway, I want to know if I can use the old HDD and keep win7 on it. I will obviously be replacing the mobo and cpu, and I heard that doing so will make your hdd incompatible or something, having to wipe it then install a new windows 7 os. My dad's current pc has OEM windows 7 I believe. I want to know because saving $100 on this would be great, and looking for anyway to not pay for an OS he already has. I do not know much about hard drives, admittedly. I.e reformatting and wiping a HDD. I know this is probably a common question, but searching around it's hard to find a clear answer. I do not know if my father kept a recovery disc, his current PC is also just an HP. If it's possible that i can just wipe the hard drive, install in the new pc and run the recovery disc in the drive that would be great. I'm sorry that I may sound ignorant in this post, I'm just really uncertain about what to do. Thank you for anyone taking the time to help. You guys are great.
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Hi, Regarding Windows OEM: - OEM licenses are tied to the very first computer you install and activate it on and - OEM versions allow all hardware upgrades except for an upgrade to a different model motherboard.
Aw man. Thanks for the help. I needed a straight answer and you gave it to me.