Old HP laptop died and I transferred the hard drive from the laptop to a tower. Now it says I have 3 days to activate windows
Old HP laptop (pavillion dv6605us) died and I transferred the hard drive from the laptop to a tower. Now it says I have 3 days to activate windows (Home premium). The only thing I did wrong was buy a piece of junk HP laptop now I have to pay for a new license on a 6 year old OS? I have important files on there I need ( including office pro 2010 ) I paid for. Any suggestions?
The hard drive that you moved to a tower has an OEM version of Windows installed on it. This means that it is tied to that machine and cannot be used on another computer. There is not too much that you can do as you need to buy a new license for Windows. You can still recover your files, however I would suggest you get a license for Windows and do a clean install with the proper drivers to avoid any potential issues. As for Microsoft Office, you should be able to reuse your key on your new installation, you can always contact Microsoft customer service and explain the situation to them (with regards to Office Pro).
Hope this helps!
Not a fraud. That's the license agreement that was agreed to upon purchase and use.
A laptop generally comes with an OEM license. Meaning you buy the license from the manufacturer (Dell/HP/whoever) at a much reduced price. You do not buy it from Microsoft.
In exchange for that much reduced price, you agree to the fact that it is licensed to that original machine.
The OP got 6 years of use out of the original OS. The crappy laptop died, along with that OS.
Now....what could have happened is that the OP created a recovery disk set, and when that laptop died, bought another, equally crappy laptop and maybe/probably used that original disk set to reconstitute it on the new crappy laptop.
Moving a laptop drive and OS to a new shiny desktop is 2 levels of weirdness.
1. Does it even boot? Usually not. The hardware is too different.
2. Licensing. That OEM is licensed to that original machine.