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New Hard Drive - How does this affect Windows?

Hi,

So for starters, I originally bought a full HP pavilion build about two years ago and have by now replaced everything other than the RAM and HDD.

Now, I'm looking into getting a new hard drive for my PC. I have windows 7 installed on my current hard drive, and I'm looking to completely replace it. This is the hard drive that initially came with the HP build with windows 7 preloaded onto it, and I'm planning to then take this hard drive I have now and put it back into that original computer.

If I get a new hard drive, is there a way I can get this windows 7 to work on this new hard drive as well? I have the key from the side of my original case as well, if that makes any difference.

Thanks.
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  1. Hi there,
    Your pc should have came with a windows 7 installation disc.
    You can use your product key on the side of your case to activate windows once the download has installed from the cd.
  2. Uhh Windows will only allow 1 pc. That copy of Windows Key can only be tied to one Motherboard. I'm assuming you wanted to use the same copy on both computers.
  3. Memhorder said:
    Uhh Windows will only allow 1 pc.

    Damn missed the bit about putting it into the original computer...
    Really need to stop skim reading...
  4. Hjgrove said:
    Memhorder said:
    Uhh Windows will only allow 1 pc.

    Damn missed the bit about putting it into the original computer...
    Really need to stop skim reading...



    Ahh that's ok. I've done that :)
  5. Best answer
    No can do.

    1 license, 1 PC.
  6. Memhorder said:
    Uhh Windows will only allow 1 pc. That copy of Windows Key can only be tied to one Motherboard. I'm assuming you wanted to use the same copy on both computers.


    Do you mean one motherboard at a time? Because I did have to reinstall windows and use the key when I changed out this motherboard.
  7. TheEternal said:
    Memhorder said:
    Uhh Windows will only allow 1 pc. That copy of Windows Key can only be tied to one Motherboard. I'm assuming you wanted to use the same copy on both computers.


    Do you mean one motherboard at a time? Because I did have to reinstall windows and use the key when I changed out this motherboard.


    The license you have can only be installed on one PC at a time. If you build a new PC, you must buy another license.
  8. Technically you've violated the license. The OEM license is tied to the first motherboard it is installed on and cannot be transferred to another except in the case of failure, where the same make/model replacement is used. Microsoft is under no obligation to allow you to activate the same key on two different computers.
  9. Thanks everyone for the replies. Last question, then. What if I decide to get an additional hard drive right now and keep both in this current computer? Will that do anything?

    Then later I can transfer one and just buy a new copy of windows.
  10. TheEternal said:
    Thanks everyone for the replies. Last question, then. What if I decide to get an additional hard drive right now and keep both in this current computer? Will that do anything?

    Then later I can transfer one and just buy a new copy of windows.


    Just having as a second drive? No problem at all. Multiple drives is very, very common.
  11. Yes indeed. Hence the 7 or more drive bay cases. How ever many SATA slots you got on your Motherboard if you wanted. :)
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