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Can I transfer a hard drive to another pc and use the operating system instantly?

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April 29, 2014 9:45:29 AM

I am building a new gaming rig because my laptop overheats too much even on SC Brood Wars. I have all the parts except for the GPU,PSU, HDD and w8.1. I will have enough money for the GPU and PSU before my summer holidays and I'm kinda impatient and I don't want to wait 1 and a half months with a half built PC. So can I use my laptop HDD and it's OS (the os should be on the harddrive) and plug it into my new rig? I have a slot for 2.5 inch components so no problem there. If anyone knows the answer please help.

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April 29, 2014 9:50:22 AM

it is a oem laptop, then no, the os only license for that laptop.
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April 29, 2014 9:51:10 AM

No. There are several problems you will encounter.
First the laptop software is OEM which means the license cannot be transferred to another machine.
Second, even if you could do this and reactivate Windows by purchasing a new license, that Windows install is setup for the laptop. You will have many, many issues trying to get it to even boot properly, and even if you work through all them, it will still always be buggy. New build, new Windows install is the rule.
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May 23, 2014 4:26:24 PM

jitpublisher said:
No. There are several problems you will encounter.
First the laptop software is OEM which means the license cannot be transferred to another machine.


This is spot on.

jitpublisher said:
Second, even if you could do this and reactivate Windows by purchasing a new license, that Windows install is setup for the laptop. You will have many, many issues trying to get it to even boot properly, and even if you work through all them, it will still always be buggy.


This is not entirely true. You 'might' have issues but I've done this before and they only thing I had to do was go in the device manager and update the items it could not find. It booted up without issue, found the new hardware, prompted me for the items it could not, and all was good. Of course, I had to reactive Windows and no it was not EOM. I've done this several times and was able to work out the issues with ease.

jitpublisher said:
New build, new Windows install is the rule.


But ...I agree with this. Easier to reinstal then deal with the issues in most cases.
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May 23, 2014 4:57:20 PM

Yeah okay I have done it a few times as well, enough to know its NOT the best way, and enough to know you should not really suggest or recommend it.
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