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Putting Windows 7 on HDD then moving it to another computer

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March 23, 2014 5:41:50 PM

I'm trying to set up a second computer, I don't have a windows 7 disk, I tried making one, but I did something wrong and it boot on the second computer. Before trying to make another, I would like to know if I can take the HDD from the non working computer and hook it up to the working computer, then mount the ISO and move the files to the new hard drive. Then move it to the other computer.

The whole process is being complicated by the fact that I'm cannablizing the ram processor and disk drive from the working computer to put them in the non working one. I plan in selling the non working computer and then upgrading those parts being cannibalized. Point being, I'd like to not have to move the processor over 12 times trying to get windows to boot.
a c 594 $ Windows 7
March 23, 2014 5:47:52 PM

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Before trying to make another, I would like to know if I can take the HDD from the non working computer and hook it up to the working computer, then mount the ISO and move the files to the new hard drive. Then move it to the other computer.


Almost certainly not.

If you're building a new PC, it needs its own Windows install.
1. You can't 'install' Windows on one system, and then move that drive to a new system and have it work.
2. Licensing.

Build the new hardware, and install the relevant Windows install and license on that.
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March 23, 2014 5:52:16 PM

Like I said I don't have a disk. This motherboard has that is in the system i'm build has an OEM license of windows associated with it, I'm basically doing a clean install of windows on it.

What is the difference in doing what I said and making a bootable flash drive with windows 7 on it?
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a c 594 $ Windows 7
March 23, 2014 6:01:17 PM

OK, I'm still somewhat confused on what you are actually trying to do.

Do you have a valid, legal Windows license for whatever hardware you want to put it on?
If so, download the relevant ISO here:
http://www.w7forums.com/threads/official-windows-7-sp1-...

Burn to a DVD, and install with that.
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March 23, 2014 6:26:42 PM

Yes, I have a valid legal windows license key, its an OEM license. And it will be going on the motherboard it came with.

I have the windows 7 I so file, and I've tried burning it onto a disk, but it wouldnt work the first time I tried. So along with trying to burn a new disk, I was wanting to try to simply drop the files from the mounted ISO onto my hard drive and then move the hard drive to the other system.

If it helps to clarify this "other" system is parts that I've upgraded over the last several months. I finally have enough spare's to make a second system, I'll be selling that one and upgrading remaining components on my current system.
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a c 594 $ Windows 7
March 23, 2014 6:43:32 PM

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I was wanting to try to simply drop the files from the mounted ISO onto my hard drive and then move the hard drive to the other system.


No, that won't work.
You need to boot from the install media, either DVD or USB stick, and install from that.
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