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May 11, 2014 8:02:03 AM

hey i was wondering if I could move my SSD (Win7) to a different computer for a week and then put it back in my system without any issues.

This is basically just to be able to temporarily work on a different computer while still keeping my software environment intact.

I recently moved my SSD to a different (same generation) motherboard without any issues but I'm not sure if moving between chipset generations will change that.

Also I hear this works to some extent on Win7 as opposed to on WinXP, is that true?

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May 11, 2014 8:06:47 AM

not really, you might find you have all sorts of microsoft software re-sets to do, new key numbers etc.

You could easily go physical to virtual and open it as a virtual machine at the other end. There is software that will virtualise a target machine and you then use vmware player or oracle virtual box (both free) to run the machine.
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May 11, 2014 8:11:58 AM

Jerizo said:
hey i was wondering if I could move my SSD (Win7) to a different computer for a week and then put it back in my system without any issues.

This is basically just to be able to temporarily work on a different computer while still keeping my software environment intact.

I recently moved my SSD to a different (same generation) motherboard without any issues but I'm not sure if moving between chipset generations will change that.

Also I hear this works to some extent on Win7 as opposed to on WinXP, is that true?


Hi. Because of the Motherboard profile changing, it will probably work, but you will probably get a message about authorization. OEM is supposed to remain in the computer that it was installed in. The change in chipsets is enough to tell it that it has been moved to or Installed in a different computer than the on it was installed on. Bill Gates takes a very dim view of this. I have a retail copy, but ran up against Micro$oft when I upgraded from a Z68 board to a Z87 board.
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May 11, 2014 8:59:41 AM

coastie65 said:

Hi. Because of the Motherboard profile changing, it will probably work, but you will probably get a message about authorization. OEM is supposed to remain in the computer that it was installed in. The change in chipsets is enough to tell it that it has been moved to or Installed in a different computer than the on it was installed on. Bill Gates takes a very dim view of this. I have a retail copy, but ran up against Micro$oft when I upgraded from a Z68 board to a Z87 board.

thanks for the extra info!


I will try the virtualization option.

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