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Copying Windows 7 to Hybrid Drive on new MB

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January 12, 2014 1:31:27 PM

Trying to avoid buying a new copy of windows for my new MB.

original computer http://www.pcrush.com/product/Desktop-Computers/635863/...

new computer build (I have all the excluded parts) http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2wDSs

Any help would be great thanks!
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January 12, 2014 1:38:06 PM

I take it this was a pre-installed copy of Windows? OEM copies are tied to the MB and non-transferrable.

I have yet to see someone change mobo's and not reinstall Windows and have it work. Even if you could move it over.
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January 12, 2014 1:54:50 PM

Darn. I really didn't want to pay $90 for the same os. Will a regular bought version be transferrable throughout any future motherboards?
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January 12, 2014 2:19:45 PM

Legiondaeth said:
Darn. I really didn't want to pay $90 for the same os. Will a regular bought version be transferrable throughout any future motherboards?


Call Microsoft and say your mother board "broke" and that you are getting a new one. They will re activate your CD key (assuming you got the OEM version with the disc) and you can use it on your new PC. The full retail version can be used multiple times if you uninstall i first.

My motherboard actually broke a while ago and they re activated my CD key. Best of luck!
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January 12, 2014 3:56:03 PM

Legiondaeth said:
Darn. I really didn't want to pay $90 for the same os. Will a regular bought version be transferrable throughout any future motherboards?


If you get an OEM disc, it'll be tied to the mobo, they might let you re-use the license if you have a failure, but not for upgrades or transfer to a new machine. This is by design.

If you buy a retail or upgrade copy, you can reuse the license as long as it's never on more than 1 machine at a time. (unless it's a multiple user license of course)

If you were just replacing a few part due to failure, you might be able to get MS to let you re-use the license, but, it looks as though you are doing a fresh build and I doubt they would transfer it to the new hardware.
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January 12, 2014 11:30:10 PM

Anoori, the computer im rebuilding from didn't come with a oem disc so i used a bootable flash drive with the key and a disc for drivers. It worked for a clean install, would what you say work? Also would there be any way to get past microsofts charge for support?
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